Student # 10

1) Look at the student’s work.

Dawes Severalty Act

The Dawes Severalty Act was named after Senator Henry Dawes in 1887. The act authorized the president to survey Native American reservations and divide them into 160 acre farms which could not be leased or sold for twenty-five years. This act undermined the tribal structure and culture of the Native American. The significance of this event was the end of Native American life and the start of whites to civilize the Native American.

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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