REVISED  About the Unit 1 Writing: If you wrote this Unit 1 Written Exam and if you didn’t

Click here to see ONLY the stuff you need to do for the specific Deal written on your rubric.

As before, my purpose is not to hurt students’ grades but to be sure you understand what the world requires when you talk or write about real things—like biology and business and history.

·         My experience with students is all of you can do this—some of you just need to realize what you are not already using evidence.

·         My experience with varied industries and courses and decision making is all of you need to be able to do this.

If you didn’t try this assignment, you can figure out some of the requirements for the Unit 2 Written Exam. You also can gain 5 points for listening to them (and a bit to me).

Requirements: Extra credit for students who show self-management, focus on their own tasks and do not distract others, do not try to help others unless they are asked to do that by the instructor, and follow instructions so they complete all tasks correctly and quickly.


If you tried this assignment, you get 10 points extra credit for meeting the above requirements and successfully doing what is on your rubric.

Requirements: Extra credit for students who show self-management, focus on their own tasks and do not distract others, do not try to help others unless they are asked to do that by the instructor, and follow instructions so they complete all tasks correctly and quickly.



What Will You See on Your Paper

·         On your paper and your strip of your question, a number written on each one
The same number should be on the rubric. If not, tell me ASAP and don’t read further.
FYI: this is how I grade without knowing who the writer is.

·         On some papers, color coding, especially with half-copy plagiarism where I have underlined the words you should have placed quotation marks around.

·         Handwritten notes about why you are contradicting the source

§  These notes will only make sense if you compare your words with the author’s words

§  If you need help, I am glad to explain it to you

NEW: What’s on Your Rubric about the 3 NEW Deals and What You Do to Earn Those Deals

Take this offer seriously. If you don’t know what to do, talk with me before this weekend.
You change—and prove it by this work—and I will change the grades in the past, not just the grades on the current rubric.


Toward the bottom of your rubric you will see one of these “deals”:

·         Deal – Page #
For the people who misunderstand assertion is not truth and the best truth you can figure out is your best friend and best protector in life and jobs  – Click here to what may be the missing information for you and look at number


·         Deal – Copy But Correct 
For the people who misunderstand independent work – Click here to what may be the missing information for you and look at numbers
2 and 3

·         Deal – Find Truths AND Page Numbers
 For the people who started writing before they finished reading – Do this and you’ll also be able to prepare for many profs’ tests and many decisions.

If you do the deal carefully, your grade will be higher than the current grades on the rubric and on your earlier written assignmentsl. Note: if I realize I did not write something necessary, I will place an announcement in the course that I will email all.

If you do any of these 3 deals, you must also do these things

1.       Sign out your paper

2.       Return all of these things by your 1st class day in the week beginning 11/20:

a.       The rubric

b.       Your original paper with its grade strip

c.        If the deal to Copy But Correct, you paper copied in your own handwriting with CORRECT punctuation and use to avoid plagiarism

If you have Deal – Page # on your rubric, you must do this:

1.       Figure out accurately what the missing or incorrect page numbers are
If I wrote where?,  that means I don’t think that is on that page so figure that out.

·         If you are sure, show me.

·         If you are a wrong in the page number, do what is step 3.

2.       If something is not provable (the textbook does not support what you wrote), gently strike through those words with 1 line.
Strike through means you do this with your pencil/pen: strike through. I must still be able to read what you now realize is unsupported by the source.

3.       Using a different color of ink, strike through the incorrect page number and write the correct one.



If you have Deal – Copy But Correct, you must do this:

1.       Carefully figure out every place you half-copy plagiarized or changed the author’s words.

2.       On another sheet of paper, carefully copy what you said and change only what was an error.



If you have Deal – Find Truths AND Page Numbers, you must do this:

You did not provide enough or the right information for the question asked so your job is to list each fact you should have used and its page number. Each fact must be:

·         over 3 words

·         and no more than 6 words.

Essential to success with this Deal: Use the index at the back of the book to find information on the question you add. Look at the whole before you decide what you teach/write.
If you need coaching, ask.


Caution: Key fact that I discovered some student did not realize about evidence and about half-copy plagiarism

If your boss or your prof wants something different, do it. In this class and if you want to be OK in the real world, understand this:

·         If 1 below was not the rules of life, science wouldn’t work. If science wouldn’t work, neither will history.

·         If 2 and 3 below were not the rules of life and property in the US, people could fake that they had knowledge and thereby eventually destroy it.

This is from the Tutorial on Evidence and Good Habits with the numbers added to the table.
How Citation and Quotation Marks Fits Together with Facts in Your Own Words and Facts in the Author’s Words

If you use a fact in the author’s words, citation is not enough; you must also use quotation marks.

What are the rules for citation and use of quotation marks? The rules vary depending upon whether you are writing:

·         A fact from the source in your own words

·         A fact in the author’s words (in other words, you are quoting):


They have the same requirements for citation (although your professor may choose not to require it for an assignment). They have different requirements for quotation marks.

What Kind of Fact Are You Using

Do You Need Citation (Page # etc.)?

Do You Need Quotation Marks (“”)?

A fact in your own words

Yes <Notice this.  1

No <Notice this.

A fact in the author’s words

Yes 2


Yes <Notice this.  3


Specifics about this course:

·         If you use the author’s words, you must use quotation marks. In this course, you may not plagiarize or “half-copy” plagiarize.

·         If you quote, you also must use the rules for quoting. The Brain Trick (above) is your best way out. If you still have questions, please ask.



What’s on Your Rubric and What You Do with the Bottom Section

1.       You mark the bottom of the rubric with the Good Habits for Evidence you need to change and you sign that you will be checking that Good Habit’s Tip.
Where is the tip?
What if you need extra explanation?

2.       You return the rubric with your signature and marks on the habits + your paper +
You can sign it out but if you don’t return all of it within the week, you lose all possible points and the opportunity to replace those points and to get the 40 points extra credit..

3.       I compare what you marked about the habits with what I marked on the rubric,

Common Problems of Those Who Did Not Get the Deal

1.       Didn’t read carefully. Skipped over sentences that meant that what they wrote was at best unsupported but at worst flat out untrue and unkind to the humans who lived that life.

2.       Perhaps assumed that collecting any words or copying any words would be enough for an answer.
They have to be words that answer the question you were asked and you chose to prepare for.

3.       Perhaps assumed that bosses and this teacher will not read your stuff carefully.

·         They will because they asked you to do something enough that they were willing to give you money for your time and expertise.

·         I will because I worked in industry long enough to know that my doing this is not just good for your knowledge of history (which matters to me greatly), but also your survival in a rapidly changing world and workplace (which also matters to me greatly).

Order of What We Do

1.        You ask any questions you have about the above stuff.


2.        With some classes, I hand out the scantron with the concepts written grade and pick it  up.


3.        I hand out the papers to those who wrote the Unit 1 Writing

4.        You all look at your papers and you ask any questions that might apply to everyone in the room.


5.        You fill out your section and ask questions if needed.


6.        I ask if anyone is done and you hand your papers to me.
Those who didn’t write the Unit 1 Writing can also leave.


7.        If anyone needs additional help, I answer individually outside of class.


Reminder About the Deal Made with the 1st Writing

At the top of your rubric, you see 3 numbers which you can replace if you prepare carefully for Unit 1 Writing Exam and follow the 5 Good Habits for Evidence

·         Out of 10 points, a grade on the historical content (A = 9, B = 8, C = 7 and so on).

If it is a lower grade than you want, prepare carefully for Unit 1 Writing Exam’s content.
If you change how you work, I’ll change this grade with the equivalent Unit 1 grade (a 50 point assignment, 25 on content and 25 for good habits).
Equivalent: A B on a 25 point assignment is 20 and a B on a 10 point assignment is 8.)

·         An all or nothing grade of 10 points on whether you followed the 5 Good Habits for Evidence 
Why is all or nothing? Ask if you want to know.

If you want full points, prepare carefully for Unit 1 Writing Exam’s content.
If you change how you work, I’ll change this grade.

·         A 1.11 as a placeholder if you did not yet quite qualify for the 40 point extra credit for doing the 5 Good Habits for Evidence the first time
Since you tried this time, you can have the same deal on the Unit 1 Written Exam.
If you change how you work and follow all 5 Good Habits for Evidence on Unit 1 Written Exam, I’ll change the 1.11 to 40.