How to Write a College Paper in MLA Format

Example Paragraph

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

21 August 2022

The Importance of University Sporting Events

Sports are important for the proper function of a university, but they are not the most important reason to go to a university. Sporting events do three important things for a university: they bring in revenue, help students develop a sense of community, and allow students to relax after hours of intense study. First, university sports, especially football, are a powerful recruitment tool, and if a university attracts more students, it can collect more revenue from tuition. With more revenue, the university can build a better learning experience for all its students. Second, sports allow university students to come together as a community. Attending sports events and rooting for their team along with other students from the same university brings the students together as a whole. When students are bound to the university they attend, they are more likely to work together and help each other work to the best of their abilities. Third, university sports are a good stress release for students who have been devoting all their energy to earning a good education. Going to a university is fun; it is supposed to be fun. But attending a university is hard work and can be stressful. Therefore, the university has provided many types of entertainment, like sporting events, for its students to allow them to take a break when they feel the need. However, students spend many thousands of dollars to attend a university, and they borrow this money from their parents, the federal government, or private loan companies. No matter how much they may enjoy attending sporting events, students spend all this money get an education not to attend sporting events.

Breakdown of the Example Paragraph

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

The Current Date

Your name and class information goes on the top left.

The Title

The Importance of University Sporting Events

The title is a very short description of the paper.

The Topic Sentence

Sports are important for the proper function of a university, but they are not the most important reason to go to a university.

The topic sentence is states exactly what the paragraph is going to be about.

Follow up to the Topic Sentence

Sporting events do three important things for a university: they bring in revenue, help students develop a sense of community, and allow students to relax after hours of intense study.

(You will not be expected to write more than one sentence for your topic sentence)

The Main Points

Point Number1:

First, university sports, especially football, are a powerful recruitment tool, and if a university attracts more students, it can collect more revenue from tuition.

Follow Up Sentence for Point Number 1:

With more revenue, the university can build a better learning experience for all its students.

Point Number 2:

Second, sports allow university students to come together as a community.

Follow up Sentences for Point Number 2:

Attending sports events and rooting for their team along with other students from the same university brings the students together as a whole. When students are bound to the university they attend, they are more likely to work together and help each other work to the best of their abilities.

Point Number 3:

Third, university sports are a good stress release for students who have been devoting all their energy to earning a good education.

Follow up Sentences for Point Number 3:

Going to a university is fun; it is supposed to be fun. But attending a university is hard work and can be stressful. Therefore, the university has provided many types of entertainment, like sporting events, for its students to allow them to take a break when they feel the need.

Conclusion:

However, students spend many thousands of dollars to attend a university, and they borrow this money from their parents, the federal government, or private loan companies. No matter how much they may enjoy attending sporting events, students spend all this money get an education not to attend sporting events.

This two-sentence conclusion restates the topic sentence in different words.

(You will not be expected to write a two-sentence conclusion)

MLA Format

General Formatting

  • One-inch borders
  • Times New Roman 12-point font
  • Double spaced

Page Number

Put your last name and page number is in the header on the top right.

  • Double click the header
  • Click page number
  • Select top of page
  • Choose the option with the page number on the right-hand side
  • Type your last name to the left of the page number and add one space

Name and Class Information

In the top left corner of the page put

  • Your name
  • The instructor’s name
  • The class name
  • The current date

It should look like this:

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

21 August 2022

Title

The title should be centered on the line directly below the date.

The Paper

  • The paper starts on the line directly below the title.
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph.
  • If you have more than one paragraph, do not add a space between paragraphs.

Just One of My Regrets–Free Verse

I’ve tried very hard to forget

The damage I must have caused

The night I fired the Velveeta cannon

Into the open window of the corn chip factory.

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A free verse poem has no set pattern for line or stanza length. Rhyme is not used, or it is used sparingly. The line length and the rhythm or the lines are dictated by the natural rhythm of speech or other concerns such as emphasis on a particular word, image, or idea.

And You Were Handing Out Life Advice—Free Verse

I gave this poem a quick revision. I think it flows a bit better.

therichardbraxton

The last few chugs of spiced rum

From the porch

On a Tuesday

Watching the dew dry on the grass mindset.

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The ginger, lemon,

And orange peel

Scented cheap rum mindset.

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The bleary eyes

And pungent breath mindset.

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The three-day beard mindset.

The yellow smell of a fatty liver mindset.

The overgrown lawn mindset.

The paint peeling from the eaves mindset.

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You must be insane

You thought you could say something about our mindset.

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Insanity like the CIAs Midnight Climax

Of brothels and LSD experiments.

Insanity like hidden human trials with mind control.

Insanity like a giant window on telegraph hill

Leading to its many forgotten rooms.

Insanity like the most overused cliché.

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We can sneak off

While you try to remember,

And you’ll have forgotten we were there.

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Forgotten the definition of insanity

Is repeating the definition of insanity

As if no…

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Typing Bleeding Keys–Free Verse

Typewriter keys clicked through

The silence of the night hammering

Alphabetical symbols on the worn tape

Leaving fading ghosts.

Reams of paper tabbed their way through the bail

Leaving consonants and vowels that bleed

But make no words.

***

I wrote and posted this poem in June of 2015. I had just graduated with my undergrad degree in English. Most of my writing experience was in essays literary critique, and I had taken 4 semesters of fiction writing. In my final semester, I took an introduction to poetry writing class, so I can’t say that I had no experience writing poems. But I had preciously little experience, and still had little confidence in my ability to write good poetry. Turns out, this one was pretty good.

Here is a link if you want to see my original post: https://therichardbraxton.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/my-yesterday/

It is the Principle of the Matter–Limerick

There is a competent principle

For people getting political

That says they should do  

What I tell them to,

Or they all will be fireable.

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A limerick is a five-line poem where the first, second, and fifth lines are long and the third and fourth lines are short. There seems to be quite a lot of variation between the examples of limericks that I have seen. But the long lines tend to be eight, nine, or ten syllables in length, and the short lines tend to be five, six, or seven syllables in length. Typically, the three long lines rhyme with each other and the two short lines rhyme with each other. But the rhyme scheme is subject to change on the whim of the poet. Limericks are often humorous poems consisting of a single stanza. However, they don’t have to be funny, and limericks can be linked together in multiple stanzas to form a longer poem. If you want to learn more about limericks or any other poetry term, you can check out the Glossary of Poetic Terms at Poetry Foundation here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms?letter=L

The Hidden Queen–Cascade Poem–#OnceUponATime

There was a hidden Queen

Walking from town to town

Cursed to live out her days

Fighting the wild land.

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She lived in luxury

As lucky as a clam

Until she was put out

Now, she’s the hidden Queen.

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Just a filthy beggar

Woman out stealing food,

Working for a pittance,

Working from town to town.

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She sleeps in the weather

Clothing made of rags,

A tale for the children,

Cursed to live out her days.

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In burning the castle,

The flames had cursed her life

Teaching her humility

Fighting the wild land.

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I wanted to write a cascade poem to meet the poetry writing challenge from Muris’ page A Different Perspective. She has a list of 13 poetic forms to write in the month of April. If you are interested, you can find her list here: https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2022/03/30/looking-forward-to-poetry-month/

I don’t know. Does this count? Can you complete a story writing challenge with a poem? I think I might be able to do more justice to this story if I am not so tightly constrained. So I think I will end up writing it out in short story form. I will wait and see what I can do though because this week’s cards don’t look as much like a ready made story as last weeks cards did. I did pull something out for this poem, but I am not sure I am totally happy with the way it turned out.

Sunday April 3: Who wants to play #OnceUponATime?

“Once Upon a Time” is a cooperative storytelling card game. The object of the game is to work together taking turns telling a fantasy story. The game is part cooperative and part competitive. Each of the players has their own story elements and ending card. When one player uses all of their element cards and reads off their ending card, that player wins. Because of the drive for the players to win, the game devolves into saying a word or two and throwing your cards on the table. This is not how the game is supposed to be played.

In my house, we have changed the rules. Instead of trying to tell one story where each of us try to steal the story from each other, we take turns telling the story we have come up with from the cards in our own hands. This makes it a fun game to play with your kids that helps teach them storytelling structure. At the same time, it is a good tool for practicing storytelling skills in a nonthreatening way.

If you choose to participate with me, feel free to write your story as short or as long as you like and comment a link of your story to this post so that everyone can see the differing stories that come from the same story telling elements.

The rules:

1.         The story starts with, “Once upon a time.”

2.         Use as many of the seven story element cards as you can.

3.         End your story with the phrase on the ending card.

4.         Have fun.