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Washington State: Classroom Based Assessment(CBA)

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8th Grade

International Relations (Civics, Economics)

Student assignment:

In a persuasive paper or presentation, you will select a product, service, or natural resource in your local or state economy and:

  1. Analyze how a specific international agreement or policy has affected the buying, selling, or use of this product, service, or natural resource using specific examples.
  2. Describe international stakeholders involved in this agreement or policy and explain how they are affected by this involvement using specific examples.
  3. Explain how the forces of supply and demand influence the buying, selling, or use of the product, service, or natural resource selected using specific examples.
  4. Present a position on the effects of international relations on the community in a coherent presentation/paper that:
    • is well-organized,
    • is well-supported by accurate evidence, and
    • includes a general statement about the effects of international relations.

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:

Economic Issues

United Nations

Treaties

International Policy

Other National and International Events and Documents


Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • Civics 3.1.2b - Describe U.S. roles and interests in major international organizations and international political alliances.
  • Civics 3.2.2c - Identify and describe the roles of international organizations and multinational corporations in foreign policy.
  • Economics 2.3.2a - Explain the two forces of supply and demand and the interaction between them.
  • Social Studies Inquiry and Information Skills 1.1.2f - Create a product that uses social studies content to support findings; present product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.2d - Recognize relevant facts and ideas in social studies documents: evaluate bias of sources/ authors; classify information as fact/opinion.

Scoring

EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
Civics 3.1.2b *at highest level... Accurately analyzes how a specific international agreement or policy has affected the buying, selling, or use of the product, service, or natural resource selected with at least two specific examples.
Civics 3.2.2c *at highest level... Accurately describes at least three international stakeholders involved in an agreement or policy related to product, service, or natural resource selected and explains how they are affected from this involvement.
Economics 2.3.2a *at highest level... Accurately explains how the forces of supply and demand influence the buying, selling, or use of the product, service, or natural resource selected with at least two specific examples.
Social Studies Inquiry
Information Skills 1.1.2f
*at highest level... Presents a clearly stated, plausible position on the effects of international relations on the community in a coherent presentation/paper that (all of the following):
  • is well-organized,
  • is well-supported by accurate evidence, and
  • includes a general statement about the effects of international relations.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.2d *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.

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