AP U.S. History                                                                   STUDENT NAME:____________________________




AP GRADE: (1-5)

CLASS GRADE: (% of 100)

Superior Essay “5”: AP Score of 8-9

____    Superior thesis

____    Excellent use of documents (at least two

                   more than half)

____    Excellent use of outside information

____    Excellent analysis of key issues

____    Excellent use of concrete facts

____    Extremely well-organized essay

____    Addresses all areas of the prompt

____    Extremely well-written essay

Strong Essay “4”: AP Score of 6-7

____  Strong thesis (contains general analysis)

____  Good use of documents (at least 1 more

               than half)

____  Good use of outside info. (needs more)

____  Good analysis of key issues (needs more)

____  Well-organized essay

____  Addresses all areas of the prompt; may

               lack some balance between major areas

____    Well-written essay

Adequate Essay “3”: AP Score of 5

____    Clear thesis – needs general analysis

____    Adequate use of documents

____    Fairly well-organized essay

____    Addresses all areas of the prompt but   

                essay may lack balance.

____    Includes some outside information (but

               clearly needs more)

____   Needs more analysis of key issues

____   Contains some evidence; more needed

____   May contain some historical errors

____   Contains facts irrelevant to the time period

“2” Essay: AP Score of 2-4

____ Undeveloped thesis (simple thesis)

____ Thesis does not fully address question

____ Poor use of documents

____ Documents control the essay

____  Weak organization

____  Lacks outside information

____  Essay does not address one or more aspects  

               of the question: __________________

____ Lacks analysis of key issues

____ Lacks evidence to support main ideas.

____ Contains major historical errors

____ Much irrelevant information to time period



“1” Essay: AP Score of 1

____ No documents used         ____ No thesis

____ Facts not specific, accurate & relevant.

____ Poor or no analysis of key issues

“0” Essay: Did not do the question

General Comments:

Thesis/intro:  complex-split __; complex-simple ___;  split-simple ___; simple ___; too much info __

____  Contains vague statements or  generalizations not supported by facts.

____­  Cite all documents          ____    Use more documents     ____   Document quotes are too long ____  Document(s)misused: #___________        ____ Laundry list       ____ Don’t explain documents

____  Strong conclusion       ____Weak conclusion      _____ No conclusion

____  Strong topic sentences    ____ Weak topic sentences       ____ Strong linking sentences

____  Don’t use “I,” “you,” “our,” “us,” “we”    ____ Don’t connect issues to “today” (unless asked)

____  Poor spelling and grammar                                  ____    Poor penmanship: essay difficult to read