Student # 8

1) Look at the student’s work.


Compromise of 1877

The Compromise of 1877 was basically an unwritten agreement that the Southern Democrats would acknowledge Hayes as President, but only if the Republicans agreeded to some demands. The Southern Democrats had to remove the federal troops from the states, Louisinana, Florida and South Carolina. They also had to build a transcontinental railroad in the south and help begin to industrialize. Hayes also had to agree to bring in atleast one Souther Democrat into his cabinet.

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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