Spend time in and out of class practicing how to write these, and you might even come to enjoy the process come May.
Document Analysis (0-2 points) This strand of the rubric targets your ability to analyze evidence and use the evidence to support the argument laid out in your thesis. These can include primary sources, secondary scholarship, images, text…
You may not be familiar with all of the documents, but you must be able to use what you know (either background information or context clues from the documents themselves) in order to make a coherent historical argument that Using Evidence Beyond the Documents: 0-2 points This skill targets your ability to contextualize and argue historically. Contextualization means that you must locate your argument within a larger historical context; i.e.
Don’t just summarize information you have already given.
Again, to do this properly, you must be able to write at least a paragraph giving additional context on the specific documents. Synthesis (0-1 point) The final strand is your ability to synthesize.
The Advanced Placement World History exam is one of the most popular exams that the College Board offers as part of the AP program.
It covers significant events, people, development, and processes over the course of six historical periods and aims to develop your ability to analyze and assess historical evidence, data, and significant issues, as well as help you understand historical sources, images graphs, and maps.Don’t get hung up on trivia like dates or names; it’s more important to be able to describe the of the Alien and Sedition Acts than to be able to list the date they were passed.With enough practice, you will be able to make a well-supported historical argument in time for the AP exam.However, the more you practice, the easier this will become.Do not put pressure on yourself to write a perfect DBQ on your first, second, or third try.Total Possible Points: 7 Thesis and Argument Development: 0-2 points This strand of the rubric targets your historical argumentation skills.To do well on this strand, you must: It is that last bullet point that may confound you the most.Just like a touchdown and extra point, the new AP US History DBQ is worth seven points.The DBQ is 25% of your final score on the exam, so it is crucial for you to understand the changes to the rubric, as well as how to write the best DBQ possible.This flexibility gives you room to write a thesis that explicitly addresses all parts of the question, makes an accurate and well-supported argument, and uses complex reasoning to illustrate historical relationships and reasoning.In other words, a thesis for a DBQ will never look like a spitback answer, like “World War One started on July 28, 1914.” You can expect your thesis to be longer than that, and in fact, the College Board takes into account that your thesis may well be longer than one sentence.