Standards for Composition
Always follow these guidelines when turning in class assignments.
1. Place a full MLA heading in the top left corner of the first page.
Your name Example: Susan Smith
Teacher’s name Mrs. Buck
Course, period English I
Date (See example) à 26 August 2017
2. Write a title for the assignment, centering it on the first line. Do not underline it or put it in quotation marks.
Skip a line between the title and the rest of the assignment.
3. Either type the assignment or write it in blue or black ink.
a. Double space throughout.
b. Use a twelve-point, easy-to-read font. (It should be this size.)
c. Leave a one-inch margin on all four sides.
a. Use blue or black ink only.
b. Write legibly or you will be asked to rewrite it for a late grade.
c. Cross out mistakes neatly with one line through the error.
d. Pay attention to red margin lines (Use line from back side as right-hand
e. Write on one side of the page only!
f. Use white loose-leaf notebook paper—no spirals, please!
4. Write or type your last name and the page number in the top right corner of all pages.
5. Staple all the pages in the upper left corner.
6. Use present tense verbs whenever writing about literature. Ex. Romeo loves Juliet. Not: Romeo loved Juliet. Ex. Shakespeare reveals…Not: Shakespeare revealed…
7. Use third-person pronouns (he, she, they) instead of first or second-person pronouns (I, me, my, we, us, our, you, your) unless otherwise instructed.
8. Avoid using abbreviations, slang, or contractions in literary compositions.
9. Spell all numbers less than 100. Ex.: ninety-nine, two, 105.
10. Carefully proofread/edit for errors in conventions: grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, and sentence structure.
11. Do not wait until the last minute! If your computer crashes, use a friend’s, go to the library, etc. If your printer won’t work, email the composition to me or to your school email account.
12. Do not bring a CD, flash drive, or a note from your parent to class instead of your typed composition on the due date. It will be considered late until turned in on paper.
13. Put the “Standards for Composition” in your binder for quick reference, and use it each time you do an assignment or until you know it without looking!