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Standardized Format for Writing Assignments
1. All final papers are typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using size 12-point standard font. Fonts should be formal and readable, such as Times New Roman or Helvetica.
2. Indent the first sentence of each new paragraph. Do not create extra spacing between paragraphs.
3. The title page includes the title of the paper, centered, in the top third of the page. In the lower right corner, place the student's name, course title, teacher's name, and the date of the assignment.
4. Less formal assignments may not require a title page. In such cases, the heading is placed in the upper right corner of the first page. The heading includes the student's name, course title, teacher's name, name of the assignment, and the date of the assignment. In this case, the title of the paper would be centered at the beginnning of the paper.
5. Titles attempt to be interesting and informative statements of the paper’s focus.
6. Quoted passages from fiction are cited with the page number of the passage in parentheses following the quoted material. Passages cited from poetry include line numbers and for drama, act, scene and line number. It is assumed that students are using the same text for this assignment as the teacher. If not, a bibliography following MLA format should be attached.
7. All other sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or borrowed in some way for any writing assignment must be acknowledged with correct MLA citation and the paper should include a bibliography of all outside sources consulted. A failure to acknowledge use of outside sources constitutes plagiarism.
8. All papers should be spell-checked and edited for grammar, usage, and mechanics (G.U.M.).