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This section overlaps with Paper 1: Civil Rights and Protest.There are links to the ATL on the Paper 1 topic page as well as extra ATL here.Guiding questions:What were the key milestones in ending segregation in the south, 1955 - 1980?What was the role of Dr Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement?What was the role of Malcolm X in the civil rights movement?What was the role of The Black Panthers...
The economic depression, which first affected the United States and then the whole world, started with the collapse of share prices on the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York, October 1929. However, in order to understand why this event led to such a severe depression, it is necessary to look at the weaknesses in the US economy in the 1920s and the political failures that allowed these weaknesses...
Case Study: The Vietnam WarThe ATL on this page are designed to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of the Vietnam War.Some videos are suggested below; other videos are on the actual video page; some of these are excellent to show alongside the ATL below.There are more ATL for the Vietnam War under the Paper 3 Americas Paper, Topic 16: ATL: American policy in VietnamGuiding...
This page presents an overview of the rise and impact of the Turco-Mongol emperor Timur (Tamerlane) - the founder of the Timurid empire stretching across Persia and central Asia It will include a variety of sources, ATL activities and a Timurid historiography section.
This month sees the addition on the website of a new topic for the Americas region – Topic 12 The Great Depression (hopefully completed by the end of the month)For the medievalists, the Fourth Crusade has also been added.And as ever, we have been updating and improving existing pages.Arguably, the study and understanding of history is becoming even more important in the current tense and unpredictable...
The Depression that started in the US spread to many countries; Canada – with its strong economic ties to the US suffered particularly badly. Between 1929 and 1939, the Gross Domestic Product fell 40% and unemployment reached 27% by 1933. There are many similarities between the US and Canada regarding both the causes and impact of the Depression; the political response however was quite different.Guiding...
After defeating the GMD, Mao still had to consolidate his power and to create a communist state in a country that was devastated from years of civil war and from fighting the Japanese; central government control had also been resisted for generations in many regions. The activities on this page cover the means by which Mao consolidated the power of the CCP over China, and also how he also maintained...
Theme 1: Rivalry, Mistrust and AccordHere are some different activities that you can do for this theme within the topic of the Cold War. There is a mixture of source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, tasks to develop essay writing, individual and team work.The second part of Theme 1 is here: 1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL) Videos and teaching ideas for videos...
Case Study: Mao ZedongThe ATL on this page are for students to investigate the key themes connected with Mao's rise and consolidation of power and the nature of his rule.The key details of Mao's rule are covered under Topic 14: The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005). The aim of the ATL here and the essay planning (see left hand side) is to pull together the key events of his rule...
Here are some different activities that you can do for this unit. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, individual work and team work that you can also download.
Videos and teaching ideas for videos are covered on separate pages; see 2. German and Italian expansion: Videos and activities
Case Study: HitlerThe ATL on this page are for students to investigate the key themes connected with Hitler's rise and consolidation of power and the nature of his rule.Key details of Hitler's rule are covered under ATL: Nazi Germany (1933-1939) and his foreign policy here: ATL: German and Italian expansion (1933–1940) . Videos on Nazi Gemany can be found here: Videos: European states...
Nazi Germany (1933 - 1939)Here are some different activities that you can do for this part of Section 14 on Weimar Germany. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities, individual work and team work that you can also downloadVideos and teaching ideas for videos are covered on separate pages; see left hand side of this page.Guiding...
As with Paper 2, students need a lot of support in learning how to construct essays. On the one hand, the demands of essays for Paper 3 are more straightforward in that the content required is named in the question (unlike Paper 2 where students have to decide on which case studies to use) and there will be fewer 'compare and contrast' style questions. On the other hand, as this is the 'depth'...
Finally an InThinking site for IB History – and what a great one! Full of superb teaching ideas, materials and practical advice. Both my students and myself have benefited immensely from the wealth of guidance and inspiration on the site. Highly...
Being such a content heavy course, it's important to keep activities engaging and interesting for students. InThinking helps you do just that. Creative, outside-the-box and critical thinking lessons abound. Can't recommend it enough!
The website is an excellent resource for teachers to enhance their own understanding and provide stimulating resources and guidance for students. The History pages are very well structured, easy to access and with a clear focus on the core content and...
15 April 2018
This month sees the addition on the website of a new topic for the Americas region – Topic 12 The Great Depression (hopefully completed by... more
12 March 2018
This month we have updated several of the existing pages with extra activities and also added some new sections. This blog also looks at some... more
11 Apr Jo Thomas
4. PS5 Conflict and Intervention: Full source papersHi Jason - Yes, it should be for Source C - have changed it on the paper - thanks for spotting it!
11 Apr Jason Mungles
4. PS5 Conflict and Intervention: Full source papersGood papers and mark schemes. Que 2 OPVL on Rwanda asks students to look at source B but the mark scheme response is for source C. 2. With reference to its origin, purpose and content, analyse the value and limitations of Source B for historians...
15 Mar Jo Thomas
5. PS3 Move to Global War: Full source papersSorted!
15 Mar Emil Hanssen
5. PS3 Move to Global War: Full source papersHey! For the Paper on the Abyssinian Crisis, question 1b says: "What is the message of Source B?" even though the cartoon is labeled as Source C!
5 Mar Jo Thomas
7. The Soviet Union and Russia: Graded student essaysOK - thanks - that's interesting to know.
4 Mar Valeriya Rotershteyn
7. The Soviet Union and Russia: Graded student essaysLike the essay 1, but there is a mistake - A.Akhmatova never been imprisoned, just her son, Lev Gumilev, spent in GULAG more than10 years and her third husband, N.Punin died in camp.
8 Feb Jo Thomas
February updateThanks for the feedback - really great to hear!
7 Feb Sharon Goldman
February updateLove the site - thank you!