AP World History Comparative Essay Generic Rubric Overview
Historical skills and knowledge required to show competence. Expanded Core
Historical skills and knowledge required to show excellence. 1. Has acceptable thesis. 1 Point
(addresses comparison of the
issues or themes specified)
2. Addresses all parts of the 2 Points
of the question, though not
necessarily evenly or thoroughly.
(Addresses most parts of the (1)
question: for example, deals with
differences but not similarities)
3. Substantiates thesis with 2 Points
(Partially substantiates thesis with (1)
4. Makes at least three relevant, 1 Point
direct comparisons between or
5. Analyzes at least three reasons 1 Point
for a similarity or difference
identified in a direct comparison.
Expands beyond basic core of
1-7 Points. The basic core of a 0-2 Points
score of 7 must be achieved
before a student can earn expanded
• Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis
• Addresses all parts of the question (as relevant): comparisons, chronology, causation, connections, themes, interactions, content. • Provides ample historical evidence to substantiate thesis. • Relates comparisons to larger global context.
• Makes several direct comparisons consistently between or among societies. • Consistently analyzes the causes and effects of relevant similarities and differences.
Subtotal 7 Points
Subtotal 2 Points
TOTAL 9 Points
Comparative Essay Notes
1. The time allotted for the essay is 40 minutes, 5 minutes of which should be spent planning and/or outlining the answer.
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