Comparative Essay



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Rubric for AP World History

Comparative Essay





BASIC CORE

Historical skills and knowledge required to show competence


Points

EXPANDED CORE

Historical skills and knowledge required to show excellence

Points

  1. Has acceptable thesis 1

(Addresses comparison of the issues or themes specified)




  1. Addresses all parts of the 2 question, though not

necessarily evenly or

thoroughly.


Addresses most parts of (1) the question


  1. Substantiates thesis with 2 appropriate historical

evidence.
(Partially Substantiates (1)

thesis with appropriate

historical evidence).


  1. Makes at least one or two 1

relevant, direct comparisons

between or among

societies.


Expands beyond basic core of 0-3


1 – 6 points. A student must

earn 6 points in the basic core

area before earning points in

the expanded core area.


Examples:


  • Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis.




  • Addresses all parts of the question (as relevant): comparisons, chronology, causation, connections, themes, interactions, content.




  • Provides ample historical evidence to substantiate thesis.




  • Shows ability (as appropriate) to show similarities and differences.




  • Makes direct comparisons consistently between or among societies.

Subtotal 6 Subtotal 3

TOTAL 9

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