Resources to Help You Succeed with Good Habits for Evidence


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General Questions


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What is the goal of writing in this course?

You are not writing a summary. You are doing writing that helps you learn the history of our nation by trying to teach it in a common sense way as though you were teaching your smart cousin history on a subject he or she did not know.

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What are the 5 Good Habits for Evidence?

The link “If You Missed One of the Questions” covers the 5 Good Habits for Evidence, lists the requirements in this class, and provides additional tips.


The 5 Good Habits for Evidence are:

1.    Reliable Source Only

2.    Factual Accuracy That You Verify with the Reliable Source Before You Write

3.    Factual Accuracy That Is Verifiable for Every Statement You Make

4.    No Plagiarism or “Half-Copy” Plagiarism

5.    Quotation Changes Revealed Clearly


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Where are the possible essay questions?

You can find all of the possible questions in the learning modules or in Essay Topics (on the left menu). You know these questions at the beginning of the time period so you have time to read—and you must read to answer the questions.


Are the Good Habits for Evidence standard—or just your opinion?

If you think that the Good Habits for Evidence are different from The Bedford Handbook (the standards manual chosen by WCJC), contact me so I can show you the words in that handbook so you can prove them to yourself. The only thing that is different is that I restrict the reliable sources.

Contact me so I can show you Bedford.

Are the Good Habits for Evidence standard on plagiarism?

Let me show you The Bedford Handbook on plagiarism and “half-copy” plagiarism.

You also might be helped by seeing a link with simple examples of these basic rules about plagiarism.

Click here for that link on plagiarism

Are there student examples of good papers?

There are student examples for the same question used in the Check Your Knowledge quiz on Good Habits for Evidence. The question is:
Using content from the required reading, what do Grant’s “Peace Policy” and Dawes Severalty Act reveal about what happens to Native Americans from about 1868 to about 1890?
The tips for the question said how to find the pages on the “Peace Policy” (because the term is not in the index) and the meaning of the word severalty (owning property as an individual, not a tribe)


Click here for the examples of an A, B, and C paper

Are there student examples of what not to do?

The link “If You Missed One of the Questions” covers 5 examples of how students should not have worked.

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Are there tips on how to read and analyze?

The link “A Method for Reading and Understanding Things Well Enough That You Can Write Simply and Accurately” provides tips on how to read and analyze.

Note: I want to add examples of how to read and analyze the textbook on Grant’s Peace Policy and on the Dawes Severalty Act.

Click here for that link – to be revised

Grading, Feedback, and Rubric Questions


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How does the instructor grade?

How the side-by-side placement of the textbook (opened to the content for the question) and your essay and the rubric lets me see your work and give you realistic and verifiable feedback.

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Is there a rubric used in grading?

A weighted rubric:

·         60% Reading for Evidence

·         30% Writing with Evidence

·         5% Following instructions

·         5% Mechanics such as grammar and punctuation


Click here for the rubric for Unit essays

What are the point values in the rubric?

The links show the point values for an A, B, C, D, or less than a D for a 20-point Unit essays and for the 100-point Major Essay:

·         Top - the scale for Reading for Evidence at 60%

·         Middle – the scale for Writing with Evidence at 30%

·         Bottom- the scale for either Mechanics or Instructions (Directions) at 5% each


Click here for that link on the 20 point essay and here for the 100 point essay

There is a separate grade for the essays and for following Good Habits for Evidence. How does that work?

The use of the separate grade for the written essay and for your success in following Good Habits for Evidence is meant:

·         To help inexperienced writers and those inexperienced in following basic Good Habits for Evidence

·         Not to hurt experienced writers and those who are accustomed  to following Good Habits for Evidence


See the handwritten example and, if you have questions, please ask.

Click here for an example of how this works



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