AP History DBQ Rubric (7 points)
Reporting Category Scoring Criteria Decision Rules
Responds to the prompt with a
historically defensible thesis/claim that
establishes a line of reasoning.
To earn this point, the thesis must make a claim that
responds to the prompt rather than restating or
rephrasing the prompt. The thesis must consist of
one or more sentences located in one place, either in
the introduction or the conclusion.
Describes a broader historical context
relevant to the prompt.
To earn this point, the response must relate the topic of
the prompt to broader historical events, developments,
or processes that occur before, during, or continue after
the time frame of the question. This point is not awarded
for merely a phrase or reference.
Evidence from the Documents To earn one point, the response must accurately
describeâ€‰â€”â€‰rather than simply quoteâ€‰â€”â€‰the content
from at least three of the documents.
To earn two points, the response must accurately
describeâ€‰â€”â€‰rather than simply quoteâ€‰â€”â€‰the content
from at least six documents. In addition, the response
must use the content of the documents to support an
argument in response to the prompt.
content of at
topic of the
OR 2 pts.
Evidence beyond the Documents To earn this point, the response must describe
the evidence and must use more than a phrase or
reference. This additional piece of evidence must be
different from the evidence used to earn the point for
Uses at least one additional piece of
the specific historical evidence (beyond
that found in the documents) relevant to
an argument about the prompt.
D ANALYSIS AND
For at least three documents, explains
how or why the documentâ€™s point of
view, purpose, historical situation, and/or
audience is relevant to an argument.
To earn this point, the response must explain how or
why (rather than simply identifying) the documentâ€™s
point of view, purpose, historical situation, or audience
is relevant to an argument about the prompt for each of
the three documents sourced.
Demonstrates a complex
understanding of the historical
development that is the focus of the
prompt, using evidence to corroborate,
qualify, or modify an argument that
addresses the question.
A response may demonstrate a complex
understanding in a variety of ways, such as:
â€¢ Explaining nuance of an issue by analyzing multiple
â€¢ Explaining both similarity and difference, or
explaining both continuity and change, or
explaining multiple causes, or explaining both
cause and effect
â€¢ Explaining relevant and insightful connections
within and across periods
â€¢ Confirming the validity of an argument by
corroborating multiple perspectives across themes
â€¢ Qualifying or modifying an argument by considering
diverse or alternative views or evidence
This understanding must be part of the argume
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