8th Grade Communications
MLA CITATION INFORMATION!
BE SURE YOU CITE YOUR SOURCES PROPERLY! Plagiarism is the stealing of someone else’s words and/or ideas.
See the Citation guides below for details on how to cite your sources properly.
You can also look for options on the RMS Library homepage. Look under RESEARCH HELP!
I got the following citation guides from Ms. Alexander.
I – Introduce your…
- Topic sentence
- Thesis Statement
This should be one sentence that states the central idea.
Sample: Students at RMS had a great first week.
C --Cite your evidence:
- Proof – prove your claim with evidence
- Evidence can be a fact, example, anecdote, statistic, truth, expert opinion (FEAST EXo)
- Tell us who said it
- Tell us where you found your information or who said it
Sample: According to Ms. Thompson, a few parents came up to her at the volleyball game on Friday and told her that their children came home with smiles on their faces and had good things to say about teachers and students.
E – Explain your quotation/evidence:
- Tell the why
- This is your summary
- Tell what the evidence/quote/fact/ data means with regard to your topic and how they relate to your claim
- Write one- three sentences connecting the evidence to the claim/main idea/hypothesis etc.
Students at RMS went home happy last week with great things to say about their teachers and friends they met.
How to Write an Argument
How to answer a question
· I ntroduce your answer/argument. Restate the question/argument with a brief answer.
· C ite the passage/evidence. This is where you will copy the passage/evidence that helps you answer the question. The passage/evidence should be specific and complete enough to support your ideas. Make sure that you use quotation marks and write the page number in parenthesis.
· E xplain.
Explain what is happening in the passage/evidence.
o Explain how this passage/evidence supports your answer.
This should be the longest section of your response. The explanation should be detailed and written in complete sentences to show your complete thoughts.