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Washington State: Classroom Based Assessment(CBA)

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10th-11th Grade

You & the Economy (Economics)

Student assignment:

In a persuasive paper or presentation, you will:

  1. Evaluate which career choices would be best for you using economic reasons to support your choices (include at least one reference to a career professional).
  2. Explain how your career choices will affect the local, national, and/or global economy with specific, supported examples (include at least one reference to a career professional).
  3. Explain how investment in your own human capital (e.g., education) may affect career choices and opportunity cost with specific, supported examples.
  4. Explain how changes in laws or customs may affect your career choices with specific, supported examples.

Primary source documents from "Our Documents, 100 Milestone Source Documents from the National Archives and Records Administration," relating to this Classroom Based Assessment [CBA]:

Important notes for using this section:

  • Following each sub-topic is a list representing specific documents that are believed to best illustrate a topic. Each document is linked to an interactive digital copy of the record itself, complete with description, background information and teaching suggestions, from the "Our Documents" web site www.ourdocuments.gov. The transcribed copy is for your convenience and for students having difficulty reading handwriting. All pages can be easily downloaded and/or printed. Just click on the document title and it will take you to the specific "Our Documents" page.

Sample Topics and Associated Primary Sources:

Historical Events That Might Have Influenced or Encouraged Changes in Someone's Career Choice

Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.3f: Create a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and present product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.
  • Economics 1.1.3c: Analyze how choices made by individuals can impose costs on others.
  • Economics 2.4.3a: Explain how investments in human capital can increase productivity but such investments entail opportunity costs and risks.
  • Economics 2.2.3b: Predict how a change in a law or custom could affect production, distribution, or consumption of a good or service.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.3d: Evaluate reliability, credibility, and validity of information from a variety of social studies sources.

Scoring

EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
Social Studies Skills 1.1.3f *at highest level... Presents a clearly stated, plausible evaluation of which career choices would be best for the student with at least three economic reasons supported with specific information (including at least one reference to a career professional).
Economics 1.1.3c *at highest level... Thoroughly explains how the student's career choices will affect the local, national, and/or global economy with at least two examples supported with specific information (including at least one reference to a career professional).
Economics 2.4.3a *at highest level... Thoroughly explains how investment in one's own human capital may affect economic choices and opportunity costs with at least two examples supported with specific information.
Economics 2.2.3b *at highest level... Thoroughly explains how changes in laws or customs may affect the student's economic choices with at least two examples supported with specific information.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.3d *at highest level... Annotated bibliography includes a variety of resources from multiple perspectives. Annotations discuss reliability and credibility and show validity through comparison of resources. Annotations include the information that was useful to the development of your research.

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