Smithsonian

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.