Lesson Plan

MLA Flipped Lesson

This is a lesson that will help students to learn what MLA is, what it stands for, and how to use it.
Joseph S.
Classroom teacher
Fauquier County Public Schools
Warrenton, United States
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

MLA Lesson Plan


Subject/Topic: English/ Citing Source Material(MLA)             Date(s):  Feb. 7, 2016 –     Feb. 8, 2016                  


Grade Level(s): 8                         Teacher: Schumacher



☒ This is a plan for a full unit that will last two or more days.

☐ This is a one-day lesson plan. (If used for daily planning, completing all areas below may not be necessary if a previously designed unit plan is guiding the daily lesson.)



Standard(s)/Competencies: English 8.9

Essential Understandings: What will students know, be able to do, or understand?

Students will be able to take a book or scholarly article and correctly cite that article in a work of their own.

Learning Goal(s) (objectives in student-friendly language): Students will learn what MLA stands for, who they are, and what they do. They will then learn how to use MLA to cite information in a research paper of their own.



Details: Vocabulary, Skills/Steps, People, Places &/or Concepts?

Modern Language Association (MLA)        



Materials and Technology Tools Needed

A computer or internet connected device. Paper and pencil to take notes. A multimedia presentation on MLA citation.


What will be accepted as evidence that students have learned?

On their research paper, they will have a works cited page with at least five correctly cited sources from at least three different types of source (internet, book, magazine, etc.)



Pre-Assessment Administered? _X_ YES   __ NOT APPLICABLE



How will I provide a clear purpose to inform the students what they will be learning, why they are learning it, and how they will use the new learning?  (e.g., activating prior knowledge/hook; framing lesson; establishing relevance; providing motivation, etc.)

We will establish relevance and activate prior knowledge by referencing a lesson on plagiarism that was given by our school’s librarian.



Active Instruction:  What will I be doing?

I will:

  I will instruct the students that for homework they need to watch a video I created to get them started on what they need to learn about MLA and works cited pages. The next day in class I will review with them what they learned and go over the notes that they should have taken during the video. I will then expand on the lesson by teaching them that there are two parts to a proper citation. The full entry on a works cited page and an in-text citation that refers to the full entry within the text.                        



Active Learning: What will students be doing?

The students will: 

 The students will watch a video and take notes on MLA citation for homework. The next day we will review what they wrote on the video and then supplement those notes with new and additional information. They will then practice on multiple different types of literature in the classroom. Once they have proven that they can write a complete and correct citation, they may begin looking through sources provided in the classroom to use for their upcoming research paper.






At-a-Glance: Active Teaching & Learning Strategies for This Lesson

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Teacher Actions


☐Interactive Lecture

☐Lead Discussion

☐Ask High Level Questions (What if? How do you know?)

☒Read Aloud

☐Share Stories, Poems, Pictures

☐Lead Small Learning Groups

☒Meet with Individual Students

☒Work Alongside Students to Guide Learning

☐Scaffold Lesson

☐Gradual Release of Responsibility

☒Walk Around

☒Teach/Monitor in close proximity to the students




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Student Actions

☒Guided Practice

☒Independent Practice


☐Periodic Movement

☐Turn and Talk/Small Group Talk

☐Think Pair Share

☒Complete study guide/graphic organizer/notes/notebook (product focus)



☒Listening and/or Viewing

☐Participation in centers/stations

☐Using manipulatives



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☐Presenting/Oral Report


☒Completing Performance Task


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Closure:  How will I bring the lesson(s) to a close?

The students will go over each other’s work with a partner then write one of their citations on the board. As a class, we will go over what is written on the board and make corrections to check for their understanding.

Formative Assessment(s) How will I check for understanding along the way? (e.g., exit slips? engagement check? turn/talk/share? Quiz? homework check?)

After we go over the work on the board, the student’s will correct the work they have, and do one more citation. They will then turn in that paper as an exit slip when they leave class.

Summative Assessment(s): See page 1



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English Language Arts
Grades 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Create a video for the students to watch at home. I uploaded mine as a reference. Then the next day, have the students practice what they learned on examples in the classroom. The rest of the instructions are above in the lesson plan I posted.

1. Have students watch video you prepared for homework and take notes.

2. In class the next day, go over the notes with the students. Have them practices with different types of literature in the room.

3. Have them go over and each others work and put some on the board. Have the students correct and mistakes and do one more to check their understanding.

4. Move on to the lesson about in-text citations. Have them practice using the full citations that they have already done. 

5. Go over some and correct any issues the students may have. 

6. Collect their work as they leave class as an exit slip to check for their understading.