Evidence Quiz 4 - The 5 Simple, Good Habits for Evidence and Why Choosing Them Can Help You

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Seeing What Your Missed Questions Show You. 1

Good Habits As Common Sense Actions You Can Do. 2

Link Addresses for the Good Habits for Evidence. 3

Seeing What Your Missed Questions Show You

Evidence Quizzes are not about memorizing answers for a test. They are about your noticing that you might want to choose to change how you work.

Go back at look at the Self-Tests for each of the Evidence Quizzes and see if you missed these questions. If you did, consider whether the 5 Good Habits for Evidence might be a simpler way.


You need to consider changing if you missed any of these Self-Test questions on Evidence Quiz 1:

__ Question 1

__ Question 2

__ Question 3

__ Question 4

__ Question 5


These are all about 5 Good Habits for Evidence. Below you’ll find tips for each Good Habit. Many of them are from my 4th grade teacher. They helped me and I typed them because they can help you.


You need to consider changing if you missed any of these Self-Test questions on Evidence Quiz 2:

__ Question 1

__ Question 2, 3, and with the conclusion in 4 

Think about these things about the conclusion in Question 4:

1.      In a future with a job that pays well and lets you think, people will notice.

2.      Look at the syllabus carefully. The History Department makes it your prof’s job is to noticenot to hurt you but to help you have the skills you need for your next steps in college and/or a job and in your life. No one pays you for a pile of words.

Tip: One student explained how she did writing assignments. She said, “I grab some words and I muck them up.” That does not make an evidence-centered paper, and no one makes a safe decision by grabbing a few thoughts and mucking them up.


To make grading possible in time, I finally realized that the only practical way that I could to do my required job for you was both prof and students to have requirements:

·        To have students required to use the same primaries and secondaries that I use when grading

·        To have me required to look simultaneously at your paper and the textbook pages and to have open online each of primaries so I could use Ctrl-F to search them based on what you wrote.


Example: If I mark on the rubric and on a specific line of your paper that you assumed, I am careful—but my being careful does not mean I am always right. What is beautiful and honorable about thinking and writing with evidence is:

·        I can show you what in the source you cited caused me to label your words as an assumption.

·        You can show me what in the source caused you to write what you did.

·        We can talk and figure it out.
My profs did this for me and it made all of the difference in my life. I am glad to do the same for you.


__ Question 6 – With Distance Learning classes doing peer reviews, when you peer review, you need to do the same thing that your prof does when she grades.

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__ Question 10


You need to consider changing if you missed any of these Self-Test questions on Evidence Quiz 3:

__ Question 3

__ Question 8

__ Question 10

Good Habits As Common Sense Actions You Can Do

Years ago a student asked me what could he do to prevent errors with evidence? He was in sports and he used an analogy. He said “I need to know how to hold the racket.“ The right column has common sense tips. Some came from my 4th grade teacher, others from a wonderful professor in a junior college, a few (but they were good) from my dissertation director, and many from colleagues at jobs. This may be different, but you can do this and it will help you figure things out.


Good Habits As Common Sense Actions You Can Do

Practical Examples for Each Good Habit  (Link Addresses are below.)

What’s a reliable source? Those your prof or your boss label as reliable or in a collection they identify as reliable. Do not expand sources without confirming with your prof or boss that those sources are reliable. Be sure to use any sources you are told to use.

Habit 1. Reliable Sources Only  

Pay attention.

1.      Read the question and notice its parts. What is the boss or prof asking you to do?
Read the
correct part and all the parts of the sources that you are told to use. Caution: Do not misread or read passively.

2.      Figure this out. Caution: Repeating and collecting words is not figuring something out. Do not assume in your reading so you do not assume in your writing.


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

Plan your writing:

1.      Caution: Does your plan match the examples given?

2.      When you think that you have figured out what the sources mean and what happened, then decide what you must “teach.”

3.      Answer all parts of the question. You do not need to teach everything, but everything you teach must be true. Caution:

·        Never cherry-pick

·        Never embellish (These 2 words and others are defined at the bottom of the Evidence Quizzes folder.)

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


Tips: 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Citing

Create your own simple words; do not steal another’s words. If you use another’s words, you must:

·        Use “”(quotation marks) marks accurately

·        Cite – show ownership accurately


Examples of both plagiarism and “half-copy” plagiarism are at the bottom of the Evidence Quizzes folder. Caution: If you are writing with the book open, you will do one or both of these:

·        Plagiarize (Copy whole sentences, paragraphs, etc.)

·        “Half-copy” plagiarize or “patchwrite” Copy sentence structure or many short phrases (See examples.)

Habit 4. No “Half-Copy” Plagiarism or “Patchwriting” 


This may also help you:  Why I Make a Big Deal about Plagiarism and Patchwriting 

When using “” (quotation marks), protect your reputation by being careful with the author’s reputation.


Do not use "" inaccurately and:

·        Make the author's sentences look grammatically incorrect.

·        Change the author’s meaning (the bigger error)


Final Caution: Proof everything you wrote against your sources and the instructions.

Habit 5. Quotation Changes Revealed Clearly  

Link Addresses for the Good Habits for Evidence

For this resource with Habit 3: http://www.cjbibus.com/1301_1302_GHE_Three_frequently_asked_questions_about_citation.htm

For this resource with Habit 4: http://www.cjbibus.com/1301_1302_GHforE_Why_I_Make_aBigDealAboutHalfCopyPlagiarism.htm



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