Op-Ed Writing Assignment in a Literacy-Targeted Economics Course

I use Op-Ed Writing Assignments in all of my literacy-targeted courses.  Every student must choose an article, editorial or opinion piece in a recent online publication that addresses an economic issue that interests them. The economic issue can be Canadian or international. In response, the student writes a 300-500 word commentary, supporting her position by making an argument based on sound economic reasoning. One goal of the course is to help students understand and apply basic economic concepts to daily life. Part of their role as an informed citizen involves making sound arguments about economic issues that matter to them and communicating these arguments effectively to others. This assignment helps develop the skill of writing a convincing argument about an economic issue for a general audience.

Attached is one such assignment, which provides enough information (including a marking rubric) for you to experiment with your own writing assignment.


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