The IB Econ Internal Assessment requires students to put together a portfolio of 3 commentaries written on three separate parts of the economic syllabus. Commentaries are based recent articles (no older than a year from when the article is written.) Students then use their understanding of the economic concepts they have studied to demonstrate analysis, application and evaluation. Students are required to make use of appropriate economic terminology throughout, along with at least one fully explained diagram.
I believe students should do each commentary on separate countries as well, one of which being the country they are residing in, after all this is the International Baccalaureate Program. Therefore for each student in my class, they will do one commentary on Vietnam, to get a understanding as to what is happening to the economic system they are living in.
As for how we will go about developing the skills to prepare for writing our IA commentaries. I suggest the following schedule:
- Continue to use the IB Databased Exam style questions throughout the Micro and Macro Unit, as a way for building up the skills required to complete a student’s first commentary.
- Although Micro and Macro will be assessed using Paper 1 on the IB final Exam, developing the skills to work with the Databased Questions (which is more or less a mini IA) will assist students in their commentaries, and get them accustomed to working with the Databased Paper 2, used for assessing International and Development Econ.
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