Writing Assignment Description
Tenth grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, California created a book of economic terms and concepts with original student art.
Each student was assigned an economic term to explain in a style that someone unfamiliar with basic economics can understand, and then write a brief article about a contemporary issue that can be illuminated through an understanding of that economic concept. Student work covers a variety of issues, from local topics to global issues. The work also addresses “hot-button” issues such as foreclosures, health care and unemployment.
How This Writing Can Be Useful
- Demonstrates a clear understanding of content by requiring students to write for an audience unfamiliar with economic terms
- Models clear organizational structure and explanatory text
- Illustrates individual work that feels cohesive and professional through format and consistency
- Creating an image that illustrates an economic term requires sophisticated conceptual thinking
Common Core State Standards
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