Student # 33

1) Look at the student’s work.

Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in America. He was the founder of the oil industry. He made millions and millions of dollars. Oil was the most important resource during the late 1800's. "By the end of the 1870's, Rockefeller controlled about 90% of the nation's oil-refining capacity and had achieved a horizontal integration of the oil business" (Ayers 500). There was 41 stockholders in the oil business. A law was passed which was called the holding company law. This law over took the trust device which escaped the restrictions of state laws. "To hold the stocks of other corporations, and to purse a policy of consolidation to the extent that their industry and its conditions permitted" (Ayers 501). This was the holding company law.



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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