State and Local Public Finance
Written Assignment #1
Due: March 9, 2018
On the first page of your assignment, put your name and the first three lines in the heading above. Use a 12 point font size and standard margins for the paper. Indent the first word of every paragraph. You may use either single- or double-spacing. There is no word or page limit, but conciseness is highly valued.
1. Read “An Essay on Fiscal Federalism,” by Wallace Oats. (A link to the article can be found on Carmen.)
2. Prepare a detailed outline of the article. (A link to an example of a detailed outline can be found on Carmen.)
3. Write in your own words a brief one paragraph summary of the paper.
This assignment will be worth 25 points. You will be graded on the following criteria: 1) following instructions, 2) grammar, 3) citations, 4) clarity, 5) critical thinking. Each criterion represents 20% of your total score.
|Instructions||Followed all instructions||Followed almost all instructions||Followed most instructions||Followed some instructions||Did not follow instructions|
|Grammar||0-2 errors||3-4 errors||5-6 errors||7-8 errors||9 or more errors|
|Citations||All information correctly cited in the MLA format||All information correctly cited in the wrong format||1-3 missing citations or missing works cited page, in the MLA format||1-3 missing citations or missing works cited page, wrong format||4 or more missing citations|
|Clarity||Clearly written and on topic||Mostly clear and on topic||Somewhat clear or tendencies to get off topic||Not clear, but mostly on topic||Not clear and off topic|
|Critical Thinking||Demonstrates a clear understanding of the concepts||Demonstrates a good understanding of the concepts||Demonstrates a moderate understanding of the concepts||Demonstrates a familiarity with the concepts||Does not demonstrate an understanding of the concepts|