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Social Studies Essay Traps

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Social Studies Essay Traps

  1. 1. Social Studies Writing Traps!
  2. 2. Avoid these words! <ul><li>Thing </li></ul><ul><li>Stuff </li></ul>
  3. 3. Watch Switching Tenses <ul><li>A tense shift is when you switch from past to present or vice versa in one paragraph or essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Puritan religion caused the witch trials to escalate. This religions preaches that outsiders need to be punished. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Do not use the phrases: “I think” and “I believe” <ul><li>I think the puritans were the most influential society in Colonial America. </li></ul><ul><li>The puritans were the most influential society in Colonial America. </li></ul>NO! YES!
  5. 5. Be sure to capitalize proper adjectives. <ul><li>K ing G eorge </li></ul><ul><li>E nglish </li></ul><ul><li>J ohn W inthrop </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, do not refer to historical figures by just their first name. “For Example - “John”. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Use your own words and phrases. <ul><li>If you don’t know what a word means, DON’T USE IT. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use another author’s phrases or sentence structure, even if it sounds really good. </li></ul>

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