Student # 28

1) Look at the student’s work.

Spanish American War

e) Spanish American War U.S. sends USS Maine to Cuba USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor U.S. feels that Spain is responsible or at least did not prevent the explosion Spain declared war on April 24, 1898 U.S. enjoys victory on May 1, 1989 July 1, 1898, the army, commanded by General William R. Shafter, defeated the Spanish December 10, 1898, a peace treaty was signed and the U.S. gained the Phillipines, Guam, and Puerto Rico Filipinos fought the American control During 1899, the U.S. Army defeated the Filipinos in conventional battles The Platt Amendment of March 1901 barred an independent Cuba from allying itself with another foreign power The U.S. gained a naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba


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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