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Re-imagining Texts: from MLA to Multimedia

Written by Jennifer Von Wahlde
July 13, 2017

I have been teaching high school English for more than 14 years. In all of this time, I have not been able to teach my students the importance of using the four-line MLA header for their work. I have tried teaching them to set up a template in Word, now Google Docs, that they use for starting all of their typed work. I have tried creating the template for them and posting it on Google Classroom. I have docked students points for not correctly formatting their papers. I have awarded students who do correctly format their papers with extra points for doing so. 

Weary of the perennial question, “Why does it matter?” and realizing “Because I want it that way” wasn’t a good enough reason for most of my students, I had to ask myself the same question. Why was MLA format so important, anyway?