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Economics Honors Final Paper and Presentation

Economic Issues Today


May, 2014

Date Given/Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Paper Due Monday, June 2, 2014. A hard copy must be turned in on this date.
Presentations will begin Monday, June 2
nd
and will continue through Wednesday, June 4
th
. Your presence is
required not only for your presentation, but for all presentations. Be prepared to go on Monday, June 2.

Be sure to review policy on absences on test dates.


This assessment will be done in pairs and will be graded as your final exam.

Description of Project

Money makes the world go around. Issues related to money affect our macroeconomic and
microeconomic world. These issues can be compelling, controversial and/or quirky. For your final, you and a
partner will choose one of these issues to research and present to the class. Any concepts we have learned in
economics can be applied to the issue that you choose. However, the issue you choose must be an issue that
we have not studied in class.

Task: Choose one macroeconomic or one microeconomic issue that you find intriguing. Research this issue
and write a one to two page paper on the issue of choice. On the day of the final, present your issue to the
class.

PART I. Paper

When addressing this task, please be sure to follow the directions below (rubric attached):

The length of paper must be one to two pages, or between 400 - 500 words*, double-spaced. A longer
paper will not be accepted. You must use 10-12 font and your work must be double-spaced.

1. One paragraph should describe the issue itself.

2. One paragraph should integrate numbers and statistics regarding the issue.

3. One paragraph should discuss how this issue affects our economy and, therefore, our society.

4. You must use three reputable sources to research your issue. These sources must be diverse, such
as:
a journal or magazine
a newspaper
a website
a book
(Encyclopedias may NOT be used a source.)

5. Works-cited-page required, MLA style. Failure to follow proper MLA format will result in the loss of ten
points.

PART II. Presentation Based on the above research and written work, presentations will be made in pairs.
Plan on a 3-minute presentation on your issue.
Presentations must be clear, and students will not be allowed to read from their papers.

NOTE: Individuals in pairs must respect each other and each individual in the pair is to contribute 50% of the
work that is presented both in the written task and in the class presentation.


*Use word count under Tools on tool bar to count words.

RUBRIC ECONOMIC ISSUES TODAY


A (100 90) B (89 80) C (79 70) D (69 60)
Paper Content
Exceptional response
to project
requirements.
Responds clearly and
accurately to all
aspects of task.
Documentation is
valid.
Good response to
project requirements.
Responds clearly and
accurately to all
aspects of task.
Documentation is
valid.
Fair response to
project requirements.
Responds clearly and
accurately to all
aspects of task.
Documentation is
valid.
Weak response to
project requirements.
Responds clearly and
accurately to all
aspects of task.
Documentation is
valid.
Presentation
Clearly and effectively
explains the
economic
issue/concept. Issue
chosen is highly
interesting, and is one
we have not covered
in class. Presentation
makes it clear that the
pair has a firm grasp
of the issue presented
and understands the
issue thoroughly.
Clearly explains the
economic
issue/concept. Issue
chosen is highly
interesting, and is one
we have not covered
in class. Presentation
makes it clear that the
pair has a good grasp
of the issue presented
and understands the
issue thoroughly.
Explains the economic
issue/concept, but
may not be fully clear.
Issue chosen is
interesting, and is one
we have not covered
in class. Presentation
shows pair has a fairly
good understanding
of the issue, but may
lack details needed
for clarity.
Explanation of
issue/concept is not
clear. Issue chosen is
may lack interest, and
is one we covered in
class. Presentation
contains weaknesses;
contains gaps in
information.
Writing and
Mechanics
Exceptionally clear
and focused.
Sentences show a
high degree of
craftsmanship with
consistently strong
and varied structure.
Exceptional control of
writing conventions
(punctuation, spelling,
capitalization,
paragraph
development,
grammar and usage).
Clear and focused
Sentences show a
high degree of
craftsmanship with
consistently strong
and structure.
Exceptional control of
writing conventions
(punctuation, spelling,
capitalization,
paragraph
development,
grammar and usage).
Mostly clear and
focused. Sentences
may have problems
with syntax, or may be
unclear in places.
Uneven writing
conventions
(punctuation, spelling,
capitalization,
paragraph
development,
grammar and usage).
Not clear and
focused. Sentences
have problems with
syntax, or may be
unclear in places.
Uneven writing
conventions
(punctuation, spelling,
capitalization,
paragraph
development,
grammar and usage).
Documentation Perfect MLA citations. Perfect MLA citations. MLA citations contain
minor errors.
Incorrect MLA
citations.