Maximum Possible Points: 7 Thesis: 0-1 point

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APUSH DBQ Question Rubric


Maximum Possible Points: 7

  1. Thesis: 0-1 point

Skills assessed: Argumentation + targeted skill

Response states a thesis that directly addresses all parts of the question. The thesis must do more than restate the question

1 point
B. Analysis of historical evidence and support of argument: 0-4 points

Skills assessed: Use of Evidence, Argumentation + targeted skill (e.g., Comparison)

Analysis of documents (0-3 points)

Offers plausible Offers plausible analysis Offers plausible analysis

Analysis of the content of BOTH the content of BOTH the content of

of a majority of the of a majority of the all or all but one of the

documents, explicitly documents, explicitly documents, explicitly

using this analysis to using this analysis to using this analysis to

support the stated thesis support the stated thesis support the stated thesis

of a relevant argument or a relevant argument; or a relevant argument;

At least one of the at least one of the

Following for the majority following for all or all but

Of the documents: one of the documents:

  • Intended Audience Intended Audience

  • Purpose Purpose

  • Historical context, and/or Historical context, and/or

  • The author’s point of view The author’s point of view

1 point 2 points 3 points

Analysis of outside examples to support thesis/argument (0-1 point)

Offers plausible analysis of historical examples beyond/outside the documents to support the stated thesis or a relevant argument

1 point

D. Synthesis: 0-1 point

Skill assessed: Synthesis

Response synthesizes the argument, evidence, analysis of documents, and context into a coherent and persuasive essay by accomplishing one of more of the following as relevant to the question:

Appropriately extends or modifies the stated thesis or argument

1 point – You must PICK ONE of the above options to earn this point!!

Recognizes and effectively accounts for disparate, sometimes contradictory evidence from primary sources and/or secondary works in crafting a coherent argument

Appropriately connects the topic of the question to other historical periods, geographical areas, contexts, or circumstances

Draws on appropriate ideas and methods from different fields of inquiry or disciplines in the support of the argument

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