Department Resources: Social Studies

Rubric for DBQ's

Score of 5 95-100
  • Thoroughly addresses all aspects of the Task by accurately analyzing and interpreting at least four documents
  • Incorporates information from the documents in the body of the essay
  • Incorporates relevant outside information
  • Richly supports the theme or problem with relevant facts, examples, and details
  • Is a well-developed essay, consistently demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the Task or Historical Context and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 4 87-94
  • Addresses all aspects of the Task by accurately analyzing and interpreting at least four documents
  • Incorporates information from the documents in the body of the essay
  • Incorporates relevant outside information
  • Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but discussion may be more descriptive than analytical
  • Is a well-developed essay, demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the Task or Historical Context and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 3 80-86
  • Addresses most aspects of the Task or addresses all aspects of the Task in a limited way using some of the documents
  • Incorporates some information from the documents in the body of the essay
  • Incorporates limited or no relevant outside information
  • Includes some facts, examples and details but discussion is more descriptive than analytical
  • Is a satisfactorily developed essay demonstrating a general plan of organization
  • Introduces the theme or problem by repeating the Task or Historical Context and concludes by simply repeating the theme or problem
Score of 2 75-79
  • Attempts to address some aspects of the Task, making limited use of the documents
  • Presents no relevant outside information
  • Includes few facts, examples, and details; discussion restates contents of the documents. Is a poorly organized essay lacking focus
  • Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 1 >75
  • Shows limited understanding of the Task with vague, unclear references to the documents. Presents no relevant outside information
  • Includes little or no accurate or relevant facts, details, or examples
  • Attempts to complete the Task, but demonstrates a major weakness in organization
  • Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 0 0
  • Fails to address the Task, is illegible, or is a blank paper