Well done to G11 on completing the end of year exams. For the remaining few weeks of the school year we are going to focus on the economics internal assessment. We will go over the following steps:
- Introduction to the IAs, what they are and how they are assessed. For this you will need my YIS Economics IA guide.
- Take a look at, and then mark, an example of a student’s IA. The student’s IA without the marks can be found here. The marks can be found here (but I will only allow access to these once we have completed the exercise). More examples can be found at the bottom of this post*.
- You now need to join the YIS IBEconomics Diigo account. To join please press the “invite me” button on the Diigo widget about a third of the way down this page on the right hand side. Please use your school email. This group is public, available for everyone to see, so be mature and careful about what you write. The IBEconomics group will be where you will bookmark and annotate all articles you find. One advantage of using Diigo is to ensure that two students are not using the same article, which is a not allowed.
- Once you have joined the Diigo account, we are going to start an exercise in annotating articles and finding out what areas we can talk about in the IAs. To start this, please read this article. Can you see any areas of economics that you can explain in an IA? Now open the article through Diigo and see annotations I have made highlighting some areas that could be explained in an IA.
- Now you need to find your own article for your first IA. We are going to focus on microeconomics first, so are only interested in micro articles. It could be on how markets work (e.g. changes in the price of gold) or how markets fail (e.g. a government taxing or subsidising a good). Doing an advanced Google news search can often help. Once you have found an article, bookmark it in our Diigo group and start annotating. Remember the two golden rules: it has to have been written since July 2012, and you cannot use the same article as someone else (it can be on the same topic, but not the same article). Whoever put it on Diigo first has first option to use it.
- Once you have chosen a micro article for your first IA (hopefully one you found for part 5 above) and you have started to think about what you might talk about in an IA, you need to get my approval to proceed. Once that has been done, you are free to start writing your first IA.
- Depending on time, it is likely that the deadline for the submission of this will not be until the first lesson back after the summer break.
Any questions, let me know.