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My students have found the InThinking History site to be a really valuable learning tool, full of excellent advice about how to master the IB. As a teacher I regularly use the resources as part of my lessons and for homework. The InThinking site team...

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It's only my second year teaching the IB and InThinking continues to be a lifeline for my success! Activities with ATL skills identified, videos and graphically organized content on all the topics I teach, and more, are all in one place! The content...

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August: Back to school and Cold War anniversaries

22 August 2021

We hope that those of you returning to school in August after the long vacation will be back full-time in the classroom for this year - or at... more

Ready for results day?

28 June 2021

Results Day is Monday 5th July.As in 2021, departments might like to consider purchasing a Category 2A Return of Materials for the IA to find... more

Subscriber comments

  • HI Kate Thank you for kindly pointing out the problem above re the bottom bit being cut off; it seems that the page was too longso I've put the essays on separate pages which should hopefully resolve the issue!
  • To what extent was authoritarian control achieved in two 20th-century states? Where is the end of the essay??
  • Hi Thanks for pointing this out - have taken out the task. Jo
  • Hi Jo. The interactive timeline link in Teaching American History is dead: /
  • Hi Sue YOu could have How signficant was ... in mobilising women to go to work...but as you say hard to measure the impact of a poster campaign. Is there some research and historiography on this? Jo
  • Hi Jeremy the missing links are for the 1996 BBC Great War series - I've put in new links - hopefully will stay OK for the moment!
  • 16 Sep Sue Swartling
    2. IA: Getting the question right
    Hello Jo I have a student who is trying to put together her IA question on the topic of women in the USA during WW2 , something like the impact of the poster Rosie the Riveter in getting women to work. /. how effective was the poster campaign...
  • Some of the videos say unavailable. Do you have another link that I can use to access these videos?
  • Hi Gary We think it's probably best to select individual sources from the exhibit to use. Jo
  • Hi Brian - US doesn't work for this time period as it is 1800 onwards. We do have the Americas on our list to do for this topic but will probably focus on Cuba as a case study.
  • 14 Sep Gary McCrory
    1. IA: Explaining the criteria
    Hi Jo, I have a student who recently visited a local museum and found an exhibition that relates specifically to her IA research question. The exhibit consists of one presentation that contains multiple sources such as photos, newspaper articles...
  • 14 Sep Alan Greenbank
    Case Study Topic 10: Mao (ATL)
    Hi, Jo. When considering the emergence of an authoritarian state in China, should one also include the methods used by Mao and the CCP between 1949 and 1953? I am not sure if the victory in the civil war in 1949 ends the emergence theme meaning...


The Move to Global War (Paper 1)

The Move to Global War (Paper 1), by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by OUP

This text-book covers all aspects of the Move to Global War prescribed subject for Paper 1. Not only are the key themes explored, we also provide many source exercises including a full Paper 1 at the end of each chapter.

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The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (Paper 2)

The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries (Paper 2) by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson

This text-book comprehensively covers the key themes for the Paper 2 Cold War topic. Alongside the content, we provide essay frames and guidance on essay writing skills.

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Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars (Paper 2)

Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars (Paper 2), Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson

This text-book comprehensively covers the content and skills that you need to be able to write essays on the 20th Century Wars topic for Paper 2 of the IB History examination. We cover a range of wars and focus on how these can be used as case studies to answer comparative style essay questions.

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European States in the Interwar years

European States in the Interwar years (Paper 3) by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Pearson

This text-book focuses on Topic 14 of the European region for IB Paper 3, The Interwar Years . We cover Germany, Italy and Spain as well as the Soviet Union, focusing not only on the content but the skills needed to write essays for Paper 3.

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History for the IB MYP 4 & 5: By Concept

History for the IB MYP 4 & 5: By Concept by Jo Thomas and Keely Rogers. Published by Hodder

For those of you doing MYP this book provides a concept-driven and assessment-focused approach to MYP History, presented in global contexts.

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