Lesson 4B: MLA

In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to set the formatting of various elements on an MLA formatted essay.

What We’ll Learn

Before you start Part 1 and Part 2, make sure you know how to do each of the following:

  • add a header
  • insert a page number
  • left, center, and right justify text
  • set the line spacing
  • adjust the font (in the header and the body)

MLA Formatting – Part 1


The information below is borrowed entirely from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.
In Google Classroom, open the Google Slides document titled “MLA Essay” and label each bulleted item below using rectangular callout shapes. Paraphrase each bulleted item to fit within the callout. See an example of the first bulleted item after the textbox below.

Formatting the First Page of Your Paper

  • In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date. Be sure to use double-spaced text.
  • Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters.
  • Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in “After Apple Picking”
  • Double space between the title and the first line of the text.
  • Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.



MLA Formatting – Part 2

With the style guide that you created in MLA Formatting – Part 1, correct the format, layout, and style in the document below (access the file via Google Classroom).

MLA Formatting – Part 3

Once you’ve formatted the document above, click Add-ons > Get add-ons…  in the file menu drop down. Then add the EasyBib Bibliography creator. Then, insert a page break at the end of the paper and add a Works Cited Page following the basic rules below:
The information for the resource used in this paper is here: Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth

Basic Rules for Your Works Cited Page

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
  • Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
  • List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-50. Note that MLA style uses a hyphen in a span of pages.

MLA Formatting – Part 4

Now take what you have learned about MLA formatting and write a paper in the style of the Modern Language Association.  You can write about anything you want so long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Your paper is about something you are interested in, and I learn something (1 page minimum) – 3 points
  • You use proper grammar, spelling, and writing conventions – 2 points
  • Your paper is formatted properly according to the Modern Language Association – 5 points
  • Include a proper citation – 1 extra credit point