Basic Core Historical skills and knowledge required to show competence. Expanded Core

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AP World History Change Over Time Essay Generic Rubric

Basic Core

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 the global issues and

the time period 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, addresses

change but not continuity)
3. Substantiates thesis with 2 Points

appropriate evidence.

(Partially substantiates thesis with (1)

appropriate evidence.)
4. Uses relevant world historical 1 Point

context effectively to explain

change over time and/or continuity.
5. Analyzes the process of change 1 Point

over time and continuity.

(tell why things are continuous

and why changes have occurred)


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

core points.

  • Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis

  • Analyzes all issues of the question (as relevant): global context, chronology, causation, change, continuity, effects, content.

  • Addresses all parts of the question evenly.

  • Provides ample historical evidence to substantiate thesis.

  • Provides links with relevant ideas, events, and trends in an innovative way.

Subtotal 7 Points

Subtotal 2 Points

TOTAL 9 Points
Directions: You are to answer the following question. You should spend 5 minutes organizing or outlining your essay and 35 minutes to write it.
Pick one of the following regions and discuss the changes and continuities in the world

trading systems from 1450 to the present. Be sure to explain how alterations in the

framework of international trade interacted with regional factors to produce the changes and continuities throughout the period.

Latin America

Sub-Saharan Africa

Middle East

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