Student # 15

1) Look at the student’s work.

Hawaii Annexation

The annexation of Hawaii was actually spurred by the Spanish American war. Hawaii, at the time, was a territory that had many things that the United States wanted such as fertile land and a new source for the production of sugar cane. President McKinley agreed to a treaty of annexation after meeting with representatives from the Republic of Hawaii. And so in 1898 Hawaii was annexed by President William Mckinley. The annexation of Hawaii extended the United States territory into the Pacific. This is historically significant because without the annexation of Hawaii, the United States would have never gained Hawaii as a state.


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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