Economic Naturalist Essay Resources for the Economics Classroom!

Economic Naturalist Essay Resources for the Economics Classroom!
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Greetings Friend!

If you love Economics as much as I do, you'll love including this eye-opening essay for your Econ students! It's based off the book The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank (and created with his permission) where he asks his students to look at the world around them, ask a compelling question, and answer it using economics. I ask my students to also include a (very) small amount of research to supplement their arguments. However, the point is for students to explore the question on their own and deepen their understanding of economics at work in the world around them.

I ask my students to read Ch. 1 of the book first. More on that in this blog post. However, there are plenty of examples of this process online and I include a real student example in this resource if you don't have the resources or time to have your students read this awesome book.

The essay is meant to be short yet demonstrate students' critical thinking and ability to think as an economist does! And the grading process is not only enjoyable when you get a variety of student questions, but it's easy with the (editable) rubric I've included.

What to Expect:

  • Student Instructions (PDF & Editable in MS Word)
  • Student Sample
  • Rubric (PDF & Editable in MS Word)
  • MLA Works Cited Instructions

Materials Needed:

  • Suggested: Ch. 1 of the Economic Naturalist
  • Student access to computers for typing the essay and researching

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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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