APUSH Complexity Point Scoring Activity #2

The DBQ Rubric

For a student to earn the Complexity Point, the students’ response must demonstrate a complex understanding. This could include:

  • Explaining nuance by analyzing multiple variables.
  • Explaining both similarity and difference, both continuity and change, or multiple causes, or both causes and effects.
  • Explaining relevant and insightful connections within and across periods.
  • Qualifying or modifying an argument by considering diverse or alternative views or evidence.



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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone


High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.