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AP U.S. History

DBQ ESSAY RUBRIC GRADE SHEET

AP ESSAY RAW SCORE: (0-9)



AP GRADE: (1-5) CLASS GRADE: (% of 100)



Superior Essay AP Score of 8-9

____ Superior thesis

____ Excellent use of documents (at least two

more than half)

____ Excellent use of outside information

____ Excellent analysis of key issues

____ Excellent use of concrete facts

____ Extremely well-organized essay

____ Addresses all areas of the prompt

____ Extremely well-written essay
Strong Essay : AP Score of 6-7

____ Strong thesis (contains general analysis)

____ Good use of documents (at least 1 more

than half)

____ Good use of outside info. (needs more)

____ Good analysis of key issues (needs more)

____ Well-organized essay

____ Addresses all areas of the prompt; may

lack some balance between major areas

____ Well-written essay

Adequate Essay : AP Score of 5

____ Clear thesis – needs general analysis

____ Adequate use of documents

____ Fairly well-organized essay

____ Addresses all areas of the prompt but

essay may lack balance.

____ Includes some outside information (but

clearly needs more)

____ Needs more analysis of key issues

____ Contains some evidence; more needed

____ May contain some historical errors

____ Contains facts irrelevant to the time period

"1"Essay: AP Score of 2-4

____ Undeveloped thesis (simple thesis)

____ Thesis does not fully address question

____ Poor use of documents

____ Documents control the essay

____ Weak organization

____ Lacks outside information

____ Essay does not address one or more aspects

of the question: __________________

____ Lacks analysis of key issues

____ Lacks evidence to support main ideas.

____ Contains major historical errors

____ Much irrelevant information to time period

BAD Essay: AP Score of 1

____ No documents used ____ No thesis

____ Facts not specific, accurate & relevant.

____ Poor or no analysis of key issues “0” Essay: Did not do the question

General Comments:

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

____ Contains vague statements or generalizations not supported by facts.

____ Cite all documents ____ Use more documents ____ Document quotes are too long ____ Document(s)misused: #___________ ____ Laundry list ____ Don't explain documents

____ Strong conclusion ____Weak conclusion _____ No conclusion

____ Strong topic sentences ____ Weak topic sentences ____ Strong linking sentences

____ Don't use I,you,our,us,we ____ Don't connect issues to today; (unless asked)

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