|Bob (left), and Evan - Spring 2015|
The Modern Language Association (MLA) released it's new style manual (8th edition) last week, and today, I highlighted the changes at two department meetings - English and Social Studies. Before I say another thing, I want to thank the department chairs, Bob Stevenson and Evan Remley, who carved out time for this presentation from their very busy, last-working-meeting-of-the-school-year agenda. Thank you!
I also want to give a shout out to Joyce Valenza who wrote up an excellent summary of the changes on April 18 in her Never Ending Search blog. It is an excellent review of the changes.
Most of all, I want to thank The Modern Language Association for producing a style handbook that works for contemporary researchers. I was overjoyed (truly, I was) when I read the first page, and my enthusiasm only grew from there.
|The nine elements of a citation... One potential mnemonic:|
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The Modern language Association developed a style manual that will work for all media by defining the nine elements of a citation. What follows is what I wrote to my colleagues about how I anticipate this will impact researchers.
Thanks for your time this afternoon. I was glad to have a chance to highlight the eighth edition of the MLA handbook for you - not because I love citations (I really, really, don't), but because I felt as though the old standards led many kids to frustration and failure. Most juniors who fail to make goal on the research paper do so because they don't properly document their research process. I am hopeful that these new standards will be more teachable, and that students will focus more on the inquiry process, close reading, and expressing original ideas.
A few resources:
I am just starting to revise How Do I Cite, the exemplar works-cited list composed of three years worth of texted inquiries from New Canaan High School students (it's on the library website, and THE ANNEX@).