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DBQ Essay Rubric

Criteria
Effective use of
documents
(___documents)
_____x2
Accuracy
10 points
Depth and Detail
_____x2

Knowledge of
social studies
10 points
Clarity and
Organization
10 points

Language
Mechanics
10 points
Correct Format
10 points
Name:
Comments:

10 Points
You used the correct
amount of documents
in your essay to
support your thesis and
were documented
correctly.

8 Points
You used the correct
amount of documents
in your essay to support
your thesis, but were
not documented
correctly throughout.

All information
provided in your essay
was correct and used
appropriately to
support thesis.
You fully support your
main ideas with
explained documented
proof.

Most information
provided in your essay
was correct and used
appropriately to support
thesis.
You mostly support
your main ideas with
explained documented
proof, but more
elaboration would have
helped.
You used outside
information beyond the
documents analyzed to
prove you mostly
understood the topics
covered.
You express and
develop ideas that were
fairly easy to
understand and read.
You had a thesis
statement and your
paper followed thesis
correctly.

You used a lot of


outside information
beyond the documents
analyzed and you
proved your
understanding of topics
You clearly express
and develop ideas in a
way that is easy to
understand in an easy
to read way. Your
thesis was well written,
and your paper
followed thesis
correctly.
You used proper
spelling, grammar, and
style throughout the
paper.
Includes introduction,
supporting paragraphs
and conclusion

You had so few errors


that it had not effect on
comprehending the
essay.

6 Points
You were missing one
of the required
documents in your
essay, but you still
effectively supported
your thesis. You
documented correctly
Some information
provided in your essay
was correct and used
appropriately to support
thesis.
You tried to support
your main ideas with
explained documented
proof, but you needed
more elaboration and
details.
You sometimes added
outside information
beyond the documents,
but you should have
included more to prove
your understanding.
Your paper was
organized in a way that
may have been
confusing in spots or
didnt fully express or
develop ideas. Your
thesis wasnt clear
and/or your paper
didnt follow it.
You had many errors,
but your thoughts and
explanations were clear
and easy to understand.

4 Points
You were missing 1 or
more of the required
documents, which led
to an unsupported
thesis. You may or
may not have
documented correctly.
Very little of your
information was correct
or used appropriately in
your essay to support
your thesis.
You did not support
your main ideas with
explained documented
proof.
You did not include
outside information or
it was so little it went
unnoticed.
Your paper was not
organized in an easy to
read format and was
hard to understand.
You had no thesis
statement for your
paper to follow.
You had so many errors
that your paper was
confusing and hard to
understand.
You are missing one of
the required paragraphs
in your essay.

/90 points =