Student # 20

1) Look at the student’s work.

Haymarket Square

During the Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886 a disturbance took place. The Haymarket affair started when Anarchist were accused of throwing a bomb and sparking a deadly riot, shocking the nation. This affair made the public support for labor demands of 8 hour work days dry up. Widespread antiradical hysteria spread. The shift in emphasis on strikes that followed had long term consequences for the history of American Labor. (pg. 506) This causes of the incident are still controversial, although there was disagreements separating business and working class people in late 19th century Chicago are generally acknowledged as having precipitated the tragedy and its aftermath.



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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