DBQs Dos and Don’ts
Write in complete sentences.
Divide your writing into paragraphs.
Rewrite if you scribble out or mark through sentences or sections. Once you use information in you essay, give where you found that information (doc.8). Documentation of where you found the information goes right after you write that information in your essay (doc.10). Don’ts
Don’t refer to yourself in the paper: Do not say I, me, my
Don’t say: I am going to tell you In my opinion In my paper you will see
Now you can see or, Now you know why
Don’t say the document says, or the article says in the body of the essay: make a statement of fact that you learned from the document then (doc.1). Don’t cite two documents right after each other: (doc.10) (doc.8). Choose one to cite. Or, if you got so much information that was similar cite the one document after one sentence (fact) and cite the other document after another fact that came from both documents. Don’t refer to people by their first names, only last names or titles like Kaiser, Tsar, the President, etc. There are many people in the world with the same first name, use last names. Don’t tell the life story of the person, or the background of the event in the essay unless it is directly tied to the question you are answering. I got Carnegie’s life story but not an answer to the question of Is Andrew Carnegie a Hero? Don’t make false statements stated as facts-Carnegie brought steel to America -He wanted to control the United States Avoid using absolutes- Carnegie owned all of the steel mills in the world....
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