Name: Social Studies Seven/PD: dbq essay Due Date: Friday April 15, 2011 dbq writing/Typing Guidelines and Instructions



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DBQ Essay Due Date: Friday April 15, 2011 DBQ Writing/Typing Guidelines and Instructions


DBQ Deadlines
- Outline Assignment #5 will be due on Friday 4/8/11 or upon your first day back to school.
- All outline corrections will be due no later than Tuesday 4/12/11
- The DBQ Essay will be due on Friday April 15, 2011.


Guidelines for Handwritten DBQ’s:
1. You must use a pen to write your DBQ – blue or black ink only.
2. Make certain that your name and period are at the top of the first page of the DBQ.
3. DBQ title: The United States Constitution (centered at the top of the first paper).
4. Every paragraph (five in total) must be indented.
5. Use lined paper and write on every other line (In other words, DOUBLE SPACE).
6. Write on only one side of each piece of lined paper used.
7. Number each paper in the upper right corner as you write.
8. Do not staple the essay. You may use a paper clip as a substitute for a staple.
9. Folders, cover papers, title pages, works cited pages, pictures, and bibliographies are unnecessary. Please keep in mind that these items will do nothing to improve the DBQ final grade.
* You will need to turn in your DBQ Outlines and Scaffolding Packets with your essay.


Guidelines for Typed DBQ’s:
* The school’s computers use Microsoft Word and this is the only program that my computer can read if you save your essay to a disc. You will have to print your essay out and bring it in if you do not have this program at home. SAVE YOUR ESSAY BEFORE PRINTING!!!
1. All page margins (top, bottom, left, and right) must be set at one inch.
2. Font size may either be 11 pt. or 12 pt.no larger or smaller.
3. You may use only Times New Roman, Arial, or Bookman Old Style fonts.
4. Set and type your DBQ on Double Space (See “Paragraph” under the Format at the top of the page).
5. Indent every paragraph (five in total).
6. Print on only one side of each page used.
7. Center the title (The United States Constitution) at the top of the first typed page – just below your name and period.
8. Use only black ink.
9. Hand number each page in the upper right corner (or type it if your program has a way to insert page numbers).
10. Do not staple the essay. You may use a paper clip as a substitute for a staple.
11. Folders, cover papers, title pages, works cited pages, pictures, and bibliographies are unnecessary. Please keep in mind that these items will do nothing to improve the DBQ final grade.
* You will need to turn in your DBQ Outline and Scaffolding Packets your essay.
** Print your DBQ out! “My printer didn’t work” will not be an acceptable excuse when the essay is due. Only save the essay to a disc if it was written on the Microsoft Word Program – the computers here at school can’t read other word processing programs. Disc errors will not be acceptable excuses when the essay is due.


Tips and Suggestions
- The DBQ should have five (5) well developed paragraphs.
- Use your Outline papers to transfer and turn your ideas and information into your essay! (see the diagram on the next page)
- Keep in mind that you will be writing an essay and that you are no longer taking down notes or putting ideas on an outline. You need to write your sentences so that each sentence leads into or connects to the next sentence.
- Use complete sentences at all times!
- Avoid beginning sentences (especially topic and concluding sentences) with the same words (use your transition word sheet to help with this).
- Stay focused and make sure that each paragraph sticks to the main idea expressed in the paragraph’s topic sentence.

- PROOF YOUR DBQ BEFORE YOU TURN IT IN!





Concluding Paragraph
A. Reworded Thesis Statement/New Statement of your own
B. Summary of Topic Sentences/Main Ideas from body paragraphs
C. Conclusion Sentence or Sentences




Name: ____________________ Social Studies Seven /Pd: _____


Transition Words and Phrases

DBQ Essay Writing – Transition Words And Phrases




Purpose: Transitional words and phrases are used to connect or begin sentences and paragraphs. They give the writer a chance to vary word use (avoid repeating words and phrases) and to create a smooth jump from one paragraph to the next.

Where to Look: The words below will give you a start. Additional words can be found in a Thesaurus.


Words Used To Indicate Time:
After, afterward(s), as, as long as, as soon as, at last, before, during, earlier, finally,

formerly, immediately, later, meanwhile, next, since, shortly, subsequently,

then, thereafter, until, when, while, ante (before and used at the beginning of or before a

word), post (after, usually used before a word)




Words Used To Indicate Addition:
Additionally, again, and, also, besides, equally important, first (only used if there is a

second, third, finally), further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, moreover, next




Words Used To Indicate A Relationship:
Accordingly, additionally, as a result, because, consequently, for this reason, hence, if,

otherwise, since, then, therefore, thus




Words Used To Give Examples:
For example, for instance, in fact, specifically, that is, to illustrate


Words Used To Summarize Or Conclude:
In other words, in summary, in short, that is, therefore, to sum up, to conclude,

ultimately, thus, as a result




Words Used To Compare:
Also, in the same manner, likewise, similarly


Words Used To Contrast:
Although, as yet, at the same time, but, despite, even though, however, in contrast, in

spite of, nevertheless, on the contrary, on the other hand, still, though, yet


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