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  1. 5-10 pages
  2. Times New Roman Font
  3. 12 point Font (the entire paper:  header, first page info, title, body, Works Cited page)
  4. 1-inch margins
  5. Double spaced
  6. Last name and page numbers as a header in upper right corner of every page
  7. Proper first page information that includes student name, course, current teacher name, due date.
  8. A centered title on the first page under the first page information
  9. No historical papers (ex. A paper on John F. Kennedy is not be acceptable.  A paper on why John F. Kennedy’s handling of foreign affairs is a model for future presidents is acceptable.)
  10. The paper topic needs to be easily transitioned into a possible and accessible project. (A paper on JFK does not lead to a project.  A paper on JFK’s handling of foreign affairs would lead to a project during this election season that allows the student to work with local election organizations, politicians, government agencies to learn about a variety of things.)
  11. Introduction and Conclusion
  12. Identifiable and guiding thesis statement
  13. Grammatically correct (spelling, punctuation, sentence variety, diction)
  14. 3rd Person point of view (no 2nd person, 1st person should be limited to the introduction or conclusion)
  15. Transition sentences
  16. Comparative analysis that uses multiple sources to come to conclusions about the topic
  17. Primary and Secondary Sources
  18. At least 5 different sources
  20. A writer who “knows everything about this topic” must have experts in the field who can back up, support, and document his/her knowledge.
  21. MLA documentation
    1. Works Cited page with alphabetical entries, hanging indentations, no bullets or numbers
    2. In-text citations that are not just at the end of paragraphs
    3. Punctuation comes after the in-text citation
    4. Citations in the Works Cited page must all be included within the paper.
    5. Citations in the paper must all be included in the Works Cited page.
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