Organization: 5 paragraphs; introduction and conclusion; good transitions



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Rubric for: A.P. Govt. Unit 1 Essay: Comparing/Contrasting

the Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution
Student Name:_______________________________ _ _Class Per.:_______________


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Organization: 5 paragraphs; introduction and conclusion; good transitions



Essay has no structure to it—may be one long paragraph

Essay has some structure to it—may be missing one or more paragraphs


Essay has a definite structure to it—introduction, conclusion, or transitions are weak

Essay has a good 5 paragraph structure, strong introduction and conclusion, and good transitions



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Discussion of the structure of govt., powers of govt., and states v. federal rights


Discusses one of these

Discusses two of the these

Discusses all of these—but may need to elaborate on one or all

Discusses all of these with strong elaboration and accuracy



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Discussion of the means of ratifying and amending them and effects on the U.S. economy


Discusses one of these

Discusses two of these

Discusses all of these—but may need to elaborate on one or all of them; some details may be inaccurate

Discusses all of these--with strong elaboration and accuracy


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Highlights of the similarities and differences between the two forms of government



Discusses one but not the other

Discusses both—but one is considerably weaker

Discusses both—but could use elaboration on both or one of them

Discusses both—with strong elaboration about them

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Understanding about why the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation

Has very little to answer the essential question

Has some information and analysis to answer the question

Mostly answers the question—could have stronger analysis

Completely answers the question—with strong analysis


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