Made With You in Mind
This class was made with your college-bound teen in mind. We draw directly from the current edition of The MLA Handbook. (No purchase needed for this class.)
The process for a 1500-2000 word research essay is taught in steps that can be replicated anytime a student is called on to write an academic paper in college.
Your teen will work with our instructor to incorporate MLA guidelines in:
- Locating appropriate sources
- Evaluating research
- Writing and outlining source notes
- Inserting parenthetical citations
- Formatting variations dependent on source type
- Developing a Works Cited (bibliography)
We balance the emphasis on formats and citations with elements that teens love:
Students are encouraged to think about the comments that would be most helpful to themselves as writers and extend that type of commentary to their fellow students. Teens get to read each other’s papers as they evolve and cheer each other on.
Added benefit? Each student reads not only their own writing with instructor feedback but also each other student’s work with instructor feedback as well. They learn from the whole group!
We encourage your teen to choose a topic that lights them up. Enthusiasm will permeate their research and their writing. It’s a game-changer to love what you’re writing about!
(We know they won’t always have the opportunity to be in charge of their topic choice. It’s one way we bring teens on board while they learn about the ins and outs of MLA format!)
Want your teen to join us?
This course is designed for older high school students with essay writing experience. Students must be 16 or older to enroll in this class. No exceptions.
Familiarity with the elements of formal essay writing is a prerequisite for this class. The instructor assumes that students taking this class are well-versed in writing formal essays via one of these three methods:
- The student has taken Brave Writer®’s Essay Writing series;
- The student has learned to write a formal persuasive essay using Help for High School or;
- The student submits a sample persuasive essay to [email protected] for evaluation for admittance to the class.
[For options #1 and #2 above, be sure to provide ample practice in the essay forms taught before enrolling in MLA Research Essay.]