• Welcome! I will be teaching two classes of Senior ELA. The best way to reach me is by email. 

     

    ESSAY TIPS!

    How to get started:

    Go to Google Docs and choose the MLA formatting. That way you don’t have to start formatting from scratch. Type your information over the formatting.

     

    Sample of formatting with the American format for date.

     

     MLA Format

     

    HOW TO TURN IT INTO A PDF FILE FOR SUBMISSION TO CANVAS

    1. If you haven't already, log intoyour Google Docs account and open the document you wish to convert to PDF.
    2. From inside your GoogleDocument, go to File > Download As > PDF Document (.pdf).
    3. Check your computer's download folder for the PDFyou just created.

     

    Wondering if it’s better to quote or paraphrase?

    From https://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/

    An essential part of the research process involves adding direct quotes and paraphrases into projects. Direct quotes provide word-for-word evidence and allow writers to use another author’s eloquent words and language in their own projects. When it comes to paraphrases, writers are able to take a block of text and shrink the scope of it into their papers. Paper writers can also use paraphrases to demonstrate their ability to analyze and reiterate information in a meaningful and relevant way.

    If you’re wondering which one is better to consistently use, quotes or paraphrases, there’s a clear winner. Paraphrases come out on top. Sure, direct quotes are incredibly beneficial, but copying and pasting too many of these into a project can cause a reader to lose sight of the writer’s own voice. Mixing your own voice with another author’s too much can make for choppy and disjointed reading.

    The ultimate goal of a research project is to have your voice and research merged together as one. Paraphrases allow just that. When you combine information from outside sources with your own writing style, it demonstrates your ability as a researcher to showcase your understanding and analyzation of a topic.

    Remember, whether you’re adding direct quotes or paraphrases into a project, both types of additions need references. References are placed after the quotes and paraphrases, and also at the end of an assignment.