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Find Out the Latest Innovation and Learn a New Language: Speak MLA!

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Author:Samantha Mayweather
System: Montgomery County
School: Montgomery County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33144


Find Out the Latest Innovation and Learn a New Language: Speak MLA!


Students will learn about new and developing technologies. In a Microsoft Word document, students will write a two page essay explaining three new and developing technologies that they have researched on the Internet. A minimum of three sources must be cited and the essay will be formatted in MLA style.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
BMA (9-12) Business Technology Applications
4. Utilize advanced features of word processing software, including outlining, tracking changes, hyperlinking, creating macros, developing forms, and mail merging.
BMA (9-12) Business Technology Applications
14. Analyze cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political effects and trends of technology to assess emerging technologies and forecast innovations.
  • Recognizing the influence of digital media on audiences
  • Identifying factors that affect access to technology
  • Examples: socioeconomic level, political climate, geographic location
  • Assessing the impact of networked technology systems on society
  • Comparing capabilities of various technologies to address personal, social, and lifelong learning and career needs
  • Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will be able to:

    • Research information on the Internet
    • Learn about new & emerging technologies
    • Format a document in MLA
    • Cite Sources
    • Create Bibliography Cards in Microsoft Word


    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Student/Teacher Handouts Attached


    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet Access, Word Processing Software, Teacher Demonstrations with Interactive White Board.


    This lesson should follow a discussion about new and developing technologies such as Google Glass, 3-D Printers or the Amazon Drones. Students should know how to read, comprehend, and write information in their own words without plagiarizing. Teachers should emphasize that students are not allowed to copy and paste information from the Internet. Please see the attachment for the (EssayWriting), (MLAFormatSheet), and (BibliographyCardsMicrosoftWord).



    Step 1: Motivation & Intro.

    Begin the lesson by discussing new and upcoming technologies. This discussion can also include past innovative technologies, such as the smart phone, smart TV, iPad, digital photography, etc. Discuss how these new technologies have impacted our lives.

    Step 2: Teaching Learning Activities

    • Complete the EssayWriting Worksheet; this will allow students to brain storm and put their thoughts and ideas together. Please see the attachment for the (EssayWriting).
    • Students will use the EssayWriting Worksheet as a guide to write the Emerging Technology Essay.
    • The Emerging Technology Essay will be in MLA format (see MLAFormatSheet). The essay must have a minimum of three references (see BibliographyCardsMicrosoftWord).


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    Assessment Strategies

    Formative Assessment: List at least three new innovative technologies using the EssayWriting Worksheet.

    Summative Assessment: Write a two-page essay on emerging technologies in MLA with a Works Cited page and a minimum of three references.



    This lesson can be used in collaboration with the English teacher;  the technology teacher will grade the formatting of the essay and the English teacher will grade the content of the essay.


    • Use the (EssayWriting Worksheet as a guide for students to conduct research.
    • Print out (MLAFormatSheet).
    • For additional help require students to complete the two additional emerging technology researches on the (EssayWriting) Worksheet.

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