Student # 9

1) Look at the student’s work.


Dawes Severalty Act

The Dawes Severalty Act in 1887 involved stripping Native Americans rights. The Act separates them to farms to clear the way for urban expansion to the west. This allows white settlement in cities to spread. Since more land is available to whites, many settlers move to these cities. These white settlers establish new homes such as the Hull House in Chicago where educated whites help poor, disadvantaged immigrants.

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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