Student # 13

1) Look at the student’s work.

Hawaii Annexation


The Hawaiian monarch, King Kalakua desired close ties between the United States and his nation. After his death his sister Queen Liliuokalani took over power. The queen resented the white minorities. Calls for annexation arose from Americans in Hawaii. The queen made changes to the legislature, stripping white settlers of previous privileges. People in favor of annexation started a revolt, the queen capitulated and a provision government was created. The U.S. agreed to a treaty of annexation, however in 1893 the incoming U.S. president did not agree to the treaty and the fate of Hawaii remained in limbo. It wasn't until July 1898, through presidential persuasion, that Hawaii was annexed.


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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