Apush rubric for the dbq maximum Possible Points: 7 A. Thesis and Argument Development: 0-2 Points



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APUSH Rubric for the DBQ
Maximum Possible Points: 7
A. Thesis and Argument Development: 0-2 Points

Skills assessed: Argumentation




Presents a thesis that makes a historically defensible claim and responds to all parts of the question. The thesis must consist of one or more sentences located in one place, either in the introduction or the conclusion.*
*Scoring note: neither the introduction nor the conclusion is necessarily limited to a single paragraph.
1 point

Develops and supports a cohesive argument that recognizes and accounts for historical complexity by explicitly illustrating relationships among historical evidence such as contradiction, corroboration, and/or qualification.
1 point


B. Document analysis: 0-2 points

Skills assessed: Analyzing evidence, content and sourcing, argumentation




Utilizes the content of at least six of the documents to support the stated thesis or a relevant argument.


1 point

Explains the significance of the author’s point of view, author’s purpose, historical context, and/or audience for at least four documents

1 point



C. Using Evidence Beyond the Documents: 0-2 points

Skill assessed: Contextualization and argumentation




Contextualization

Evidence Beyond the Documents

Situates the argument by explaining the broader historical events, developments, or processes immediately relevant to the question.*
*Scoring note: contextualization requires using knowledge not found in the documents to situate the argument within broader historical events, developments or processes immediately relevant to the question. The contextualization point is not awarded for merely a phrase or reference, but instead requires an explanation, typically consisting of multiple sentences or a full paragraph.
1 point

Provides an example or additional piece of specific evidence beyond those found in the documents to support or qualify the argument.*
*Scoring notes: this example must be different from the evidence used to earn other points on this rubric. Also, this point is not awarded for merely a phrase or reference. Responses need to reference an additional piece of specific evidence and explain how that evidence supports or qualifies the argument.


1 point


D. Synthesis: 0-1 point*

Skill assessed: Synthesis




Extends the argument by explaining the connections between the argument and ONE of the following:

A development in a different historical period, situation, era, or geographical area.

1 point

OR

A course theme and/or approach to history that is not the focus of the essay (such as political, economic, social, cultural, or intellectual history).


1 point


OR

A different discipline or field of inquiry (such as economics, government and politics, art history, or anthropology).*
*For European and World History only.
1 point

*Scoring note: the synthesis point requires an explanation of the connections to different historical period, situation, era, or geographical area, and is not awarded for merely a phrase or reference.





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