(Note to AP teachers: The changes for the 2006-7 exams are shown in red. This page was updated June 20, 2005.)


Student may earn up to 6 points for mastery of these items.


 Provides an appropriate, explicitly stated, thesis that directly addresses all parts of the question.

Thesis may not simply restate the question.

 2  Discusses a majority of the documents individually and specifically.
 3 Demonstrates understanding of the basic meaning of a majority of the documents (may misinterpret no more than one).
 4 Supports the thesis with appropriate interpretations of a majority of the documents.
 5 Analyzes point of view or bias in at least three documents.
 6 Analyzes documents by explicitly organizing them in at least three appropriate groups.
 The student will earn one point for successfully completing each of the above tasks. The student must earn all six points in order to advance to the Expanded Core. Failure to earn a total of 6 points in the Basic Core with leave student with a score reflective of the number of tasks which were successfully accomplished.


 Expanded Core

Must earn 6 points in the basic core before earning pooints inthe expanded core. A student earns points to the degree to which he or she does some or all of the following.

 Student may earn 1, 2 or 3 points for successfully demonstrating any, all or some of the following points.

 has a clear, analytical and comprehensive thesis

uses all or almost all documents

addresses all parts of the question throughly

uses documents persuasively as evidence

shows understanding of nuances in the documents

analyzes bias or point of view in at least four documents cited in the essay

analyzes the documents in additional ways-- additonal groupings or other.

brings in relevant "outside" historical content

Points earned in the expanded core, coupled with those earned in the basic score will equal the total score ofthe student. Note: a student may earn six points inthe basic core and does not necessarily have to earnany additonal points in the expanded care. this a six may stay a 6.