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Writing Tips
OUTLINE
• I. Intro
• 4-6 sentences with thesis statement at then end
• Thesis is one sentence which directly answers
the question and informs the reader what your
essay will be about.
• Do NOT say “This essay will be about…” or anything similar
to that
BODY PARAGRAPHS
• 2-3 Body Paragraphs
• 8-12 sentences convincing the reader that the categories you
chose are the most important causes of the civil war.
• Incorporate a majority of the Documents to prove your point.
• Consider Bias and Point of View when using documents and
if appropriate comment on apparent or possible bias.
• When appropriate give the opposing view point so as not to
ignore other arguments but then focus on why your
argument/position is more valid.
• Follow this model: easy as 1,2,3
• 1. Introduce the document using the source
• 2. Use a quote or describe document with detail
• 3. Comment about it – this is YOUR voice, YOUR analysis!
USING DOCUMENTS EXAMPLE
• The political divide had become so intense that after
the election of Abraham Lincoln the possibility of the
dissolution of the nation loomed. In Abraham
Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address to the nation on
March 4, 1861 he expressed, “ that no government …
ever had a provision in its … law for its own
termination.” (Doc F). Lincoln was speaking
directly to the Southern states who threatened
succession after his election, saying that secession is
not legal under the constitution nor would the
founding fathers have ever supported such a
ludicrous idea.
CONCLUSION
• Conclusion
• 4-6 sentences summarizing main points
and restating thesis at the end. No new
information should be presented here.
DO’S AND DO NOTS
• Do NOT use abbreviations
• Do NOT use contractions (can’t, won’t, etc…)
• Do NOT use slang language
• Do NOT use anything other than 3rd person
• Do NOT use a flowery opening sentence or question.
• Do NOT introduce a document passage by saying “In Document
F…”Instead use the author, title or person. See example below
• The political divide had become so intense that after the election of
Abraham Lincoln the possibility of the dissolution of the nation loomed.
In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address to the nation on March 4
1861 he expressed, “ that no government … ever had a provision in its …
law for its own termination.” (Doc F).
• Then comment on the document. This is your chance to make your
argument!!!
• Lincoln was speaking directly to the Southern states who threatened
succession after his election, commenting on the idea that secession is
not legal under the constitution nor would the founding fathers have ever
supported such a ludicrous idea.

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