• Formatting Fundamentals

    When you turn in a paper to my (Mr. Doherty’s) class, I require it to be formatted the following way. Failure to do so may result in me not accepting it or reducing credit for it. Thank you!

    First Name Last Name
    Class Period
    Assignment Label


    Your work will be typed in 11 or 12-point Calibri, Ariel or Times New Roman font and printed. If there is more than one page, it will be stapled in the top left corner, and the pages will be numbered (typed) in the center of the footer. Your full name will be in the top right corner. Beneath your name, right-aligned, will be your class period (e.g., 1st Period), a short but clear label for the assignment (e.g. Rhetorical Analysis of Hu, “Facebook”) and the date you are actually turning it in, not the date it was due or that you created the document. If you prefer, that whole top section may be on the left. All that top section will be single-spaced—the only single-spaced part of the document. The rest of the document will be 1.5-spaced. 1.5-spacing allows me to fit in comments without sacrificing too many trees.

    Whenever possible, give your work a title, centered in bold, two lines beneath the date. Do not confuse your title with your assignment label. The title should creatively connect to the theme. For example, “Dislike” might be a suitable title for an analysis of an article on Facebook making people sad. 

    Your first paragraph will begin two lines below that. As with your title beneath the date, this may mean hitting Enter once or twice, depending on your formatting settings. You may format your paragraphs one of two ways. The first is this way. Do not indent, but have a double-line break between paragraphs.
                   The second way is to have only a single line break between paragraphs and to indent every paragraph. You may indent five spaces or half an inch, which is the tab key’s usual default setting, and which is more like 15 spaces. This paragraph is an example of that. However, unlike on this sample page, do not use both kinds of paragraphs in one paper.

Last Modified on August 19, 2016