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Writing Standards

The academic disciplines require differing formatting standards for writing. However, a common criteria is the requirement for writers to identify the sources of the information they present to support their arguments. English uses MLA, Science uses APA, and History uses Chicago (Turabian). It is important that students be able to format their papers in whichever format is required for the course they are taking. This page is intended to provide students with resources towards that goal.


Grading Rubrics

Unit Essay Rubric This the rubric used for grading essays in World History.


Essay Structure

5 Paragraph Essay structure Template

Jane Schaffer 5 Paragraph Essay Formula


Style Guides

Chicago Manual of Style Online This is the official website for Chicago style. 

Owl Purdue Writing Guide


Official Chicago Style Templates 17th Edition

Style Tip Sheets This link contains detailed pdf examples for each section of your paper.  Compare your paper to these examples to ensure proper format. They are the definitive standard and not a rumor of what someone told you I said.

Mr. Brennan's Google Docs Style Templates

Chapter Outline Template Use this for chapter notes.


Department Standards

Social Science Writing Expectations


Formatting Tools

Citation Machine 


Thesis statement generator


Grammar Rules

Grammarly Handbook

Capitalization Rules


Research Tools

Sonoma County Library (Library Card Required)