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AP U.S. History



FREE-RESPONSE ESSAY RUBRIC/GRADE SHEET



AP ESSAY RAW SCORE:



AP GRADE: CLASS GRADE:







Superior Essay: AP Score of 8-9



____ Superior thesis



____ Extremely well-organized essay



____ Addresses all areas of the prompt evenly



____ Excellent use of analysis to support



thesis and main ideas.



____ Substantial use of evidence throughout



____ Extremely well-written essay



____ Generally error free (need not be perfect)



Strong Essay : AP Score of 6-7



____ Strong thesis (contains general analysis)



____ Well-organized essay



____ Addresses all areas of the prompt; may



lack some balance between major areas



____ Some important information left out:



________________________



____ Strong analysis in most areas; needs more



____ Strong use of evidence; may lack balance



____ Well-written essay



____ May contain minor errors



Adequate Essay: AP Score of 5



____ Clear thesis (needs more analysis)



____ Thesis a bit vague or muddy



____ Fairly well-organized essay



____ Addresses all areas of the prompt but



essay may lack balance.



____ Contains some analysis; more needed



____ Some major events omitted: ___________



____ Contains some evidence; more needed



____ Essay deviates at times from thesis



____ May contain significant historical errors



____ Some facts are irrelevant to time period



"1" Essay: AP Score of 2-4



____ Undeveloped thesis (simple thesis)



____ Does not establish purpose of the essay.



____ Thesis does not fully address question



____ Weak organization



____ Does not address one or more aspects of



the question: __________________



____ Most major events omitted



____ Lacks analysis of key issues



____ Lacks evidence to support main ideas.



____ Contains major historical errors



____ Much information irrelevant to question.



____ Essay is somewhat incomplete (too short)



BAD Essay: AP Score of 1



____ No thesis or poor thesis



____ Incorrect or incomplete essay



____ Facts not specific, accurate & relevant.



____ Poor analysis of key issues



Essay: Did not do the question



___ Writes on topic completely different from



the prompt



___ Little to no effort shown in preparation for



essay



General Comments:



Thesis/intro: complex-split __; complex-simple ___; split-simple ___; simple ___; too much info __



____ Introduction contains vague or wasted sentences



____ Essay contains vague statements or generalizations not supported by facts.



____ Strong conclusion ____ Weak conclusion ____ No Conclusion



____ Strong topic sentences ____ Improve topic sentences ____ Good linking sentences



____ Don't use "I" statements ____ Don't use I, our, we,us,you, etc.



____ Don,t connect issues to today; (unless asked)____ Don't use flowery& or colloquial style



____ Poor spelling and grammar ____ Poor penmanship: essay difficult to read