Student # 17

1) Look at the student’s work.

Hawaii Annexation

Hawaii was a very crucial geographical spot for the United States during the war with Spain.  It gave us a place to harbor our navy. Hawaii cut the distance to the Philippines by nearly half, allowing a stop along the way to refresh supplies. The Philippines were an important part of the Spanish war. Annexing Hawaii was a brilliant act by congress to help the US achieve the outcome they wanted in the war. The annexation of Hawaii came easy. It only required written legislation with approval from congress. With presidential backing, congress passed the legislation easily.



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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