Student # 29

1) Look at the student’s work.

Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller

During brief prosperity after the recession from 1879 John D. Rockefeller became a leader in big buisness with Standard Oil. He wished to dominate the oil industry and he achevied horizontal integration in 1870. By law Standard Oil could not legally own stock in other oil companies, so the stockholders created a board of 9 trustees. Henry Demarest Lloyd published a book about Standard Oil in 1894. It was called Wealth Against Commonwealth. He wished for public ownership of manufacturing firms and criticized that the monopoly of Standard Oil corrupted the nation.



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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