Small Theory Papers

MLA Format Criteria:

  • Font-type: Times New Roman
  • Font-Size: only 12 point
  • Indents: first line of each paragraph of the body indents 1/2" (not five space bar clicks)
  • Spacing: Double space every line inthe paper (no more, no less)
  • Margins: 1" from all sides (page number header will be within that inch, and that is ok.) From the top, your masthead must be 1"
  • No Bold
  • No Underlines
  • No exclamation marks--EVER!!!!!!!!
  • A paragraph should be no less than 1/3 the size of a page and no larger than 1/2 the size of a page.

    • Word sets extra spacing after paragraphs; highlight all, right click, choose paragraphs, and set spacing after paragraphs to zero

General Guidelines

  • Do not exceed one page.
  • Page 2 is for the Works Cited page only
  • ONLY use Valencia's MLA site; any other form of citation than Valencia is wrong, regardless of the source.
  • Double check with this page for proper formatting for papers in my Composition courses.

Structure of the Theory Papers

Two Paragraphs
(paragraphs should be 1/3 to 1/2 the length of a piece of paper.)
  • 1st paragraph: Theory Paragraph
    • Do not use any introduction
    • Immediately discuss the theory
    • Do not use the words "defined" or "definition"
    • Include who created the theory or who the theory is attributed to
    • Quote an article or primary work to help you discuss what the theory means.
    • Do not use the sources that are hyperlinked on the theory list. Find your own.
    • Do not use dictionaries or encyclopedias or quote aggregators.
    • Give some examples of the theory (but not in regards to your film)

  • 2nd paragraph: Analysis Paragraph
    • Think that what you are doing in this paragraph is to help someone understand the theory better by showing that person how the theory relates to your film
    • Depending on the theory, you might discuss many examples, or maybe even just one long example.
    • Also, depending on the theory, you might be using a specific scene as an example, or perhaps the whole movie, or possibly the audience's relationship to the movie.
    • Avoid 1st person discussions; if the theory and film connect to you in a personal way, then assuredly a few others have felt that same connection, so say "some people" instead of "I" or "me"

Using Quotes in a paper

  • I prefer the following method by which you present quotes. Numbers 1 through 5 farther below can lead to trouble with your scores. (FYI: Crowe is the last name of the author in the examples below, and thus the first word in the citation in the Works Cited)
  • A full sentence giving the first word from the works cited citation and the general idea of the quote that will follow: "the actual word-for-word quote"
  • Crowe suggests that when dogs first meet, they should do so in a place new to both of them: "Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."

      If you do not know why number 1 and 2 below are wrong, or why 3 is meh, but acceptable, or why 5 and 6 are correct but weak, then stick to the example given above when delivering quotes in a paper.
    1. Crowe says that you should, “Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."
    2. Crowe says that you should “Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."
    3. Crowe suggests that dogs should first meet in a "location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."
    4. The article suggests that dogs should meet in a place new to both of them: "Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park"(Crowe).
    5. The article "Introducing a New Dog to Your Household Pack" suggests that dogs should meet in a place new to both of them: "Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park"(Crowe).

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