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Sally Sequoia (Your Full Name

12pt font

Mrs. Baldaccini (Teacher’s Name)
English I ICAP (Course Title)
6 October 2011 (Due Date)

Indent ½” for all paragraphs

Title is always centered
and is in normal font

No extra space
here or here

Title of Essay or Paper

All final draft papers you write for English should follow this format. It is called MLA.
Your essay should be double-spaced throughout the entire document and you should use 12-pt
Times New Roman font. Remember to use your best grammar and spelling and to avoid using

slang and contractions. Write your essay in the present tense. Italicize titles of books and use
quotation marks around the titles of poems, short stories and articles. Your thesis is the last
sentence in your introductory paragraph.
There are two ways to insert quotes into an essay. The first is a block quote, which is
demonstrated here. The lead-in usually provides context and summarizes the quote:
Any quotation more than four sentences/lines long should be set apart like this.

Set-off quotations
more than 4sentences long by
indenting 1”

Even though a block quote is a quote, it does not start and end with quotation
marks (unless quotation marks are present in the text). The block quote must look
exactly like the text that is being quoted. In addition to the 1” indent for the whole
quote, include any other formatting that is present in the text. Notice how the page
number is after the punctuation. (34)

Do not indent after a block quote; just write your two CMs. You may also embed a quote in the
text of your essay. It is essential for the lead-in of an embedded quote to give the context of the
quote. Embedding a quote “mak[es] it fit smoothly into the flow of your text” (MLA Guide 23).
The punctuation comes after the page number. The brackets indicate a small change made to the
1” margins on all sides

quote in order for it to fit correctly. On the following page, you will find additional examples.

use brackets […] to indicate that you have changed it. use one of the following methods. Example 2: If the quoted word or phrase fits into the flow of your sentence without a break or pause. do not include page numbers on the first The following examples will use this passage from the MLA Documentation Guide to demonstrate different methods of embedding quotes: “To move a quotation from a text to your paper. Pretend the sample quotation is being spoken by a teacher: In class. a comma is not necessary: When writing an essay.” ***A general rule to follow: use a comma to introduce a quotation after a dialogue tag (says). . making it fit smoothly into the flow of your text.” Choose “Header” Position and “Right” Alignment. enter the Header and add your last name. Example 1: It is preferable to work the quoted passage into the syntax of your sentence: The MLA guide says. the first word must be capitalized. the teacher says that in order “[t]o move a quotation from a text to your paper. there are many methods to make a quote “fit smoothly into the flow of your text” (MLA Guide 23). or a dependent clause. If it is not capitalized in the text. making it fit smoothly into the flow of your text. Example 3: To embed a spoken quote (dialogue).Last Name Page Number Three more ways to embed quotes Include your last name and page #. Under “Insert” go to “Page Numbers. a brief phrase. Remember. Then. use one of the following methods” (MLA Guide 23). “To move a quotation from a text to your paper…use one of the following methods” (MLA Guide 23).