This talk will showcase a method for introducing and assessing writing assignments in economics with the specific aim of promoting higher level, critical thinking skills. The process encourages students to submit very high quality, concise economic analysis of a real world problem. Real world problems are often missing useful information and contain distractors which require students to think critically. Since RWPs lend themselves to an array of possible analysis, students need to create well-constructed arguments. The talk will offer a number of fully tested strategies to reduce the costs associated with grading and discuss a rubric designed to assess higher order thinking skills based on Marzano’s Taxonomy.