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Name: _____________________ Essay Topic: ___________________________________________

BASIC CORE EXPANDED CORE


Historical skills and knowledge required Historical skills and knowledge required
to show competence to show excellence

6 points possible Pts. Pts. 3 points possible Points


Poss. Earned Earned
1. Has acceptable thesis Expands beyond basic core.
(does not merely restate the question A student MUST earn 6 points in the
– reveals an original interpretation) 1 basic core area before earning points in
the expanded core area.
Points in this core are entirely at the
discretion of the reader.
2. Addresses all parts of the question, Examples:
though not necessarily evenly or 2
thoroughly • Has a clear, analytical, and
- Task words, content, chronology comprehensive thesis

(Addresses most parts of the (1) • Addresses all parts of the question
question) thoroughly

4. Substantiates thesis with accurate and • Addresses all parts of the question
appropriate historical evidence and A 2 evenly
MAJORITY OF THE
DOCUMENTS PROVIDED (if it is • Provides ample historical evidence to
a DBQ) substantiate thesis

(Partially substantiates thesis with (1) • Uses historical context effectively to


appropriate historical evidence; one make argument
or more arguments not as strongly
supported as others)

4. Essay is well-organized (clear • Develops and expands argument with


introduction and preview statements, 1 links to relevant ideas, events, trends
topic sentences)
• Overall argument is sophisticated and
complex

Subtotal: 6 Subtotal:

Total Points (out of 9):

Grading Scale: Comments:


9 = A = 100%= 30
8 = A = 95%=29
7 = B+ = 89%=27
6 = B = 85%=26
5 = C+ = 79%=24
4 = C = 75%=23
3 = D+ = 69%=21
2 = D- = 60%=18
1 = F = 35%=11