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MLA Style Help for Essays and Papers

  • The thesis statement is that sentence or two in your first paragraph that contains the focus of your essay and tells your reader what the essay is going to be about.
  • Your thesis should have at least three topics listed in the order that you plan to talk about them.
  • If in your first paragraph your thesis says “Cats are playful, fast, and independent,” then your second paragraph will discuss how cats are playful, your third will discuss how they are fast, and your fourth will discuss how they are independent
  • Many writers think of a thesis statement as an umbrella: everything that you carry along in your essay has to fit under this umbrella, and if you try to take on packages that don’t fit, you will either have to get a bigger umbrella or something’s going to get wet.

Examples of thesis statements:

  • “There are many elements of an epic in The Odyssey. Three of these elements are: a hero who makes many mistakes, the inclusion of many settings, and the interaction between gods, goddesses, and humans.”
  • “Cats are playful, fast, and independent.”
  • “There are three important natural sources of light in the sky. These are the moon, the stars, and the sun.”
  • “Three qualities that Athens and Sparta shared are their belief in the Greek gods, their love of art and music, and their hatred of the Persian Empire.”
  • “Three major differences between Athens and Sparta can be found in their styles of government, their styles of military, and in their methods of educatiing their people.”

    Playful and Fast.

 Your paper should go like this:

  • Format: Typed, Font Times New Roman, Size 12, One Inch Margins all around, Double-Spaced
  • Header: Last name and page #
  • Heading: Your first and last name, your teacher’s name, English 8, and the date
  • Title: Centered and right under the date
  • Introduction: The first paragraph should introduce the paper and include your thesis sentence at the end. This paragraph should be at least five sentences.
  • The Body of your Paper: This body of your paper consists of paragraphs 2-4. These are the three paragraphs that support your thesis. They are the “meat” of the paper.
  • Second Paragraph: This paragraph should cover the first topic of your thesis. So if your paper on cats had a thesis that said: “Cats are playful, fast, and independent,” then this whole paragraph would just talk about how cats are playful. This paragraph should be at least five sentences long.
  • Third Paragraph: This paragraph should cover the second topic of your thesis. So if your paper on cats had a thesis that said: “Cats are playful, fast, and independent,” then this whole paragraph would just talk about how cats are fast. This paragraph should be at least five sentences long.
  • Fourth Paragraph: This paragraph should cover the third topic of your thesis. So if your paper on cats had a thesis that said: “Cats are playful, fast, and independent,” then this whole paragraph would just talk about how cats are independent. This paragraph should be at least five sentences long.
  • Fifth Paragraph – The Conclusion: This last paragraph wraps up your paper. You should restate your thesis and remind the reader of your introduction here by paraphrasing what you wrote earlier. This paragraph should be at least five sentences long.
  • Works Cited Page: This page goes at the end of your paper. It is where you give credit to the sources that you used to get your information.

 Your first page should look like this:

 Works Cited Page Link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/

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