In this video, I introduce the assessment criteria used for the paper one part (a) ‘analysis’ essay; show a sample of questions and then a sample essay response to demonstrate how to structure the essay!
I created this video embedded below using a news article about rising wages as well as rising inflation in the Australian economy. This article can demonstrate the importance of calculating real wages, rather than just nominal wages, as well as the sources and types of inflation. Students can incorporate ideas from the article in their paper one part (b) evaluation essays.
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Here is a sample 15-mark question related to topics from behavioral economics (specifically: rational consumer choice), along with a sample essay response to the question!
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So here’s a sample response to a paper 1 ten-mark question that I crafted about the Circular Flow of Income model!
The paper 1 part a essay for the new IB Economics syllabus (first exams 2022) is not that different from the old syllabus.
The only difference in the 10-mark essay question in paper 1 is less of an emphasis on real-world examples. Also, students can now spend up to 30 mins on the essay, as opposed to about 20 mins in the old syllabus.
Focus is given to understanding the specific demands of the question, as well as effectively explaining relevant economic theory and drawing/fully explaining a relevant diagram.
Because of that, I teach my students a DEDU framework (which contrasts with the old DEED framework).
Here’s my video explaining how I teach my students to structure their essay:
I have decided I’m going to build a series of practice questions for the extended response-type questions in the new IB Economics syllabus: paper 1 parts a and b, paper 2 part g, and paper 3 part b!
So here’s my first attempt! It’s from the first unit, the foundations of economics unit, and it’s about the Production Possibilities Curve!
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