Article is attached as a PDF.
- Your assignment should follow MLA format. In other words, your assignment should be typed, double-spaced and have a font size of 12 points.
- The length of the assignment is not long, 3-4 pages.
Introduction (5 points): The introduction (first paragraph) briefly summarizes what you consider to be the main point(s) of the article. If there are many, focus on the one(s) that you will analyze in the assignment.
Summary (5 points): A short summary of the article should be included. This summary should capture the key points presented in the article and any important facts or elements. Do not spend the whole assignment summarizing the entire article. Summaries should be succinct and to the point and be approximately one paragraph.
Analysis (15 points): Your analysis should use economic concepts you have learned in class. In other words, the analysis should focus on how topics covered in class are applicable/relevant to the real world. Be sure to demonstrate your analysis using graphs and/or models learned in class. Be careful to address the appropriate audience. Remember; narrow your focus so that your analysis can be more in-depth. That is much more important than hitting every point made in the article.
Critical Evaluation (20 points): This is the most important aspect of this assignment.
Students should focus on whether they agree with what is stated in the article or what their recommendations may be. Students can also analyze how the material in the article will impact the economy in a macro setting. The analysis portion has the potential to be varied in nature. However, I recommend sticking to my guidelines below:
- To evaluate an article you need first to understand the authorâ€™s arguments. Start by identifying the assumptions inherent in the argument, checking to see if the conclusions follow from these assumptions. Try to distinguish the argument from the evidence provided to support the argument
- To do a critical evaluation, essentially you should take apart the various steps in the argument and see if they make sense separately and as a whole. Can you use the tools learned in class to think about the argument in another way? Check to see if the author is missing anything in his/her argument or has used some tool or method incorrectly or inappropriately. Is there evidence that contradicts their argument?
- I expect you to use at least 1 economic model we have learned in class. (ie, Supply/Demand, Aggregate Supply/Aggregate Demand, Phillips Curve, etc).
Conclusion (5 points): It is important to have a strong conclusion since this is the last chance you have to make an impression on your reader. The goal of your conclusion isnâ€™t to introduce any new ideas, but to sum up, everything youâ€™ve written. Specifically, your conclusion should accomplish three major goals:
- Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement.
- Summarize the main sub-points of your essay.
- Leave the reader with an interesting final impression.
Works Cited: Works cited completed using MLA format. Must cite at least 3 sources. Class notes/lecture can account for one source. The textbook can account for one source.