• NOTE:  The following links mostly closely relate to DBQ- and FRQ-formats of compositions, but they also can be applied to all forms of composition, including assignments on individual composition elements ( e.g., thesis statements ).    ALSO SEE the "Essay Corrections Procedures" below.

    DBQ-FRQ Revision ProtocolClick Here for the basic protocols for revising a DBQ essay. It is one page long. 

    DBQ.Self.Debrief.  Click Here for the DBQ Self-Debrief This is an supplementary revision exercise involving a currently assigned DBQ as it is compared to a prior DBQ.  The instructions for this are also one page long.
    Please Note: ALL of the revision elements --noted by your trusty instructor on the originally submitted draft-- must be present when submitted, or NONE of the revision will be read ( and no credit given ) !

    The written comments can often be best understood and translated if you also make use of the Corrections Abbreviation Glossary. This document is two pages long.  You should also use this checklist before turning in ANY work composed outside of class.  Composition.Check List.2017

    Finally: Writing legible margin titles of what, specifically, has been revised ( which has, of course, already been highlighted ) is required. For example, in brackets which encompass the revised area of text, write "Outside Info" in the margin. Or, for another example, write "Contrast with doc. B", etc. whenever that kind of change is present. No matter which method you choose, highlight the new, corrected area of text. An all-but-colored highlighted example of a revision is included here.  DBQ Revision Example. Get the picture ?

    Have you compared your essay to the Composition Checklist linked up here ?  Composition Criteria Check List



      1.   DO NOT THROW THE ORIGINAL DRAFT AWAY!  You need your original essay and rubric to be stapled to the back of the new essay.

      2.   Type your original essay on the computer*.

      - Use the strikethrough feature to cross out omitted or altered text.
      - Add in new text but be sure to follow #3 

      3.   Using the comment feature on MS Word (Click “Review”, “New Comment”), place a comment at the end of each sentence/paragraph that shows which part of the rubric is being fixed and label it with the language of the rubric.  For example, if you are redoing your thesis – label your thesis “thesis” point.

      4.    Explain WHY the change is better.

      5.    Ask someone to look it over and give feedback – make changes if you need to.  Remember, reading your writing ALOUD often enables you to catch awkward passages or words that you may otherwise deceive yourself into believing are adequate to the task.

      6.       Hand it in to me with your original essay and rubric stapled AT THE BACK of the new essay labeled “ESSAY CORRECTION” and the title of the essay.  If it is not stapled with the old essay and old rubric on the back, you may keep receiving it back with no changes. 

      I will either give you the point(s), or send you back to retool again.  This happens a lot and should be noted that it is part of the editing and writing process.

      This is about learning!  If you are having trouble understanding, please come in and see me in person with your essay.

      YOU HAVE 7-10 DAYS TO HAND IN ESSAY CORRECTIONS I will not accept any essay corrections after the designated deadline.

      *If you don’t have a computer, hand write it, but label in the margins.  USE PEN.

      Here is a  Sample Rewrite of an LEQ.  The comment numbering will differ for DBQs.  Always refer to your rubric for scoring guidelines.