These rubrics are designed to help students gradually attain mastery of the skills required by the APUSH exam while offering partial credit as they work towards that Mastery. Each of the skills required on the essays is divided into a 5 point scale. I really like this method for several reasons:
✏️ Although the actual exam provides an all or nothing score, most of my students enter the class with very little knowledge about writing for these specific skills. I like to offer students some level of credit, while also making them realize where there are currently at in terms of their knowledge. As they attain mastery, I gradually change out the scaffold to an all or nothing score.
✏️ After filling out this rubric, I don’t need to write much additional feedback. Students can see why they earned the score that they did, and they can also see what they need to do to earn more credit. This makes grading much faster for me.
✏️ For a 5 on the rubric, I set the bar slightly higher than the actual exam. This way, if a student makes a mistake or two, they still have an opportunity to earn the point. You could certainly edit the rubrics based on the needs of your classroom.
View the preview here – AP Five Point Rubrics
I use these rubrics as part of a Standards Based Grading classroom. This is not required, and you could adjust the points value for your classroom. (These rubrics are also included in my Standards Based Grading bundle).
Included in this resource:
- Word version of LEQ, DBQ, and SAQ rubrics (editable)
- Google Docs version of LEQ, DBQ, and SAQ rubrics (editable)
- PDF version of LEQ, DBQ, and SAQ rubrics (not editable)
- Explanation of rubric use
© Copyright 2023 Peacefield History
All rights reserved. Permission is granted to copy pages specifically designed for student or teacher use by the original purchaser or licensee. This is intended to be used by one teacher unless additional licenses have been purchased. The reproduction of any other part of this product is strictly prohibited. Copying any part of this product and placing it on the Internet in any form besides Google Classroom is strictly forbidden. Doing so makes it possible for an Internet search to make the document available on the Internet, free of charge, and is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).