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Rubric and Scoring Guide


Pre-AP
Rubric and Scoring Guide DBQ

(adapted from AP Rubric)
Score Comment
8–9 (95–100) 1. Contains a clear, well-developed thesis, which includes the social, economic, and political impact.
2. Supports thesis with relevant information.
3. Uses most of the documents effectively.
4. Understands the complexity of the question.
5. Analyzes more than describes.
6. May contain insignificant errors.
5–7 (80-90) 1. Contains a clear thesis that discusses only two of the three kinds of impact.
2. Uses some factual information.
3. Uses some of the documents.
4. Does not show understanding of the complexity of the question.
5. Contains limited analysis, mostly describes.
6. May contain minor errors.
2–3 (65-75) 1. Lacks a thesis, simply restates the question.
2. Lacks supporting information or contains only superficial support.
3. Quotes or briefly cites document.
4. Contains no analysis.
5. May contain major errors.
0–1 (50) 1. Contains incompetent, inappropriate response.
2. May merely paraphrase the question, shows little understanding.