Innovations DBQ: Scoring Guide
Question: Industrialization improved the political, social, and economic quality of life of the American farmer and industrial worker between 1875 and 1910.
Assess the validity of this statement.
The 8–9 essay:Contains a well-developed thesis that clearly addresses the changes in the lives of the farmer and industrial worker in the time period 1875–1910.
Presents an effective analysis of the political, social, and economic qualities of life.
Effectively uses a substantial number of documents.
Supports thesis with substantial and relevant outside information.
Is clearly organized and well written.
May contain minor errors.
The 5–7 essay:Contains a thesis that addresses changes in the ways of life of farmers and workers in the 1875–1910 time period.
Has limited analysis, is mostly descriptive; deals with partial aspects of the question in some depth or all aspects in a general way.
Uses some documents effectively.
Supports thesis with some outside information.
Shows evidence of acceptable organization and writing; language errors do not interfere with comprehension.
May contain errors that do not seriously detract from the quality of the essay.
The 2–4 essay:Presents a limited, confused, and/or poorly developed thesis.
Does not completely address all aspects of the question, or addresses aspects with simplistic explanations.
Quotes or briefly cites documents.
Contains little outside information, or information that is generally inaccurate or irrelevant.
Demonstrates weak organizational and/or writing skills, which interfere with comprehension.
May contain major errors.
The 0–1 essay:Contains no thesis, or a thesis that does not address the question.
Exhibits inadequate or inaccurate understanding of the question.
Contains little or no understanding of documents or ignores them completely.
Contains inappropriate or no outside information.
Is poorly organized, shows little understanding.
Contains numerous errors, major and minor.