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Formatting Guidelines AP English III All Drafts, Rough and Final 1. Double space the entire document. 2. Create a right-aligned header with your last name, a space, and a page number. 3. Create a three-line heading, left aligned, beginning on the first line of the page. On line one, write your full name. On line two, write the name of your course followed by a dash and your class period. On line three, write the date that you are submitting the paper. 4. Center the title. 5. Create a meaningful, precise title. a. Never title a paper by its genre (“Essay,” “Narrative,” “Book Review,” etc.). b. Never give your paper the same title as the text you are analyzing (“Julius Caesar,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Long Way Gone,” “Othello,” etc.). c. Use your title to suggest something interesting about your thesis. 6. Indent every paragraph one half-inch. 7. Cite all sources using parenthetical documentation. You must cite every source you use in your paper, whether you quote from it, paraphrase it, or summarize its ideas. a. If you are analyzing a single poem or essay, then refer only to line number or paragraph number (2). b. If you use more than one document, then cite each document by the author’s last name and the page number (Donleavy 6). c. If a document does not list its author, then cite it by its title (or an abbreviation of its title) (Formatting Guidelines 8). d. If a document (such as a web page) has no page numbers, cite it by name or title only (Donleavy). e. Be sure to put all punctuation after the parentheses. f. Do not add extra punctuation, such as commas or dashes, to internal citations. 8. Attach a complete source citation for every source you use. Follow MLA guidelines for source citations. a. If you are analyzing a single poem or essay, use a footnote to attach your complete source citation to your first parenthetical citation. b. If your paper uses more than one source, attach a Works Cited page. i. The Works Cited page should be its own page. ii. It should be double spaced. iii. Sources should be alphabetized. iv. Source entries should be left-aligned with a hanging indentation. v. The Works Cited page should continue the same font size and style of the essay. Formatting Guidelines (cont’d) Rough Draft 1. Handwrite the draft. Be neat. 2. Follow all formatting guidelines. 3. When eliminating words or sentences, do not scribble; draw a single line through the word(s) you want to eliminate. 4. Feel free to attach notes or questions about how to proceed. For clarity, use post- its for questions or comments that are external to the paper itself. Final Draft 1. Set left, right, top, and bottom margins at one inch. 2. Use a twelve-point serif font, such as Times New Roman or Garamond. 3. Proofread and edit your document to make it mechanically perfect.
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