Student #1 

1) Look at the student’s work.

Dawes Severalty Act

The Dawes Severalyt Act was passed in 1887. This law was to authoriz the president to survy Native American reservations and divid them into 160 acre farms.This act stripped Native Americans of their rights.  After recieving this land, Native Americans could not sell or lease the land for 25 years. For reformers this law pushed Indians towaerd white civilazation, but for for the western settlers it made Indian land more available.The Dawes Act undermined the trible structure and culture of the Native americans.


2) Mark an X in the 1st column if you can answer any of these questions about this student’s work.



Did the student read and write the facts accurately? Can you prove it?



Did the student write in his own words? Or did the student do what The Bedford Handbook calls “unacceptable borrowing” or plagiarism? Can you prove it?



Did the student use facts not in the common source—or rely on memory or perhaps make up something? Can you prove it?



Did the student seem to understand the facts? Can you prove it?


3) Now click on the link to the right of this one. Using that link, compare the student’s work with the source that the student used. If your answer to a question above is different, mark an X in the 2nd column.

Part of the presentation Hidden Barriers to Critical Thinking: Assessment and Solutions

A & M Assessment Conference, February 2010

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