Ap us history Essay Grading Rubric ap essays are scored on a 0-9 scale. The following rubric is used in grading ap essays



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AP US History Essay Grading Rubric

AP Essays are scored on a 0-9 scale. The following rubric is used in grading AP Essays.

The 8-9 essay:

  • Contains a well-developed thesis that clearly addresses the nature of the question

  • Presents an effective analysis of both sides of the item in question; treatment may be uneven (the better essays try to devote about equal coverage to both sides)

  • Supports thesis with substantial and relevant information

  • Is clearly organized and well written

  • May contain minor errors

  • In a DBQ question, a substantial number of documents are used

  • In a DBQ question. significant outside information is also included in the response

The 5-7 essay:

  • Contains a thesis which addresses the topic of the question (limited development)

  • Has limited analysis and exhibits limited understanding of complexity

  • Is mostly descriptive

  • Deals with only one aspect of the question in some depth or deals with both aspects in a more general way

  • Supports thesis with some information

  • Shows evidence of acceptable organization and writing; language errors do not interfere with comprehension

  • May contain factual errors that do not seriously detract from the quality or argument of the essay

  • In a DBQ question, some documents are used effectively

  • In a DBQ question, supports thesis with some outside information

The 2-4 essay:

  • Presents a limited, confused and/or poorly developed thesis

  • Contains little or no analysis

  • Deals with one aspect of the question in a general way or both aspect in a superficial way; simplistic explanation

  • Has minimal or irrelevant supporting information

  • Confusing organization and writing; organization and language errors interfere with comprehension

The 0-1 essay:

  • Contains no thesis, or a thesis which does not address the question

  • Exhibits inadequate or inaccurate understanding of the question (analysis is absent)

  • Contains no supporting information, or only irrelevant information

  • Is so poorly organized or written that it inhibits understanding

  • May simply paraphrase or restate the question

  • Contains numerous errors, both major and minor

  • In a DBQ question, exhibits little or no understanding of documents, or ignores them completely

  • In a DBQ question, offers inappropriate or no outside information


Adapted from Richard Geib, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura CA; original available online at http://www.foothilltech.org/rgeib/am-ex/writing/descriptors_for_ap_us_history_essays.htm.


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