October: Site update and remembering the Armistice 1918

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Yet more updates to the site this month, the need for 'short answer testing', and thoughts and resources on the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the Armistice, 1918.

Site updates

Addtional ATL

We have added some extra actvities to the following pages in the last month:

1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL) 

3. The revolutions of 1917 (ATL) 

3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL) 

New pages

New pages have also been added to  Paper 3, Topic 11 on Japan under the Asia option:

4. Japan's foreign policy 1931 to 1945 and 7. Japan 1920 to 1990: Essay frames and writing exercises 

Also more information on student access and how to set assignments:

2. Student access: setting assignments 


We have also started adding more quizzes to help students develop their factual knowledge:

9. European states in the inter-war years: quizzes 

IB History Subject Report

This is now available on My IB.

This is essential reading for getting key recommendations for each section of the exam. For Paper 3 the IB recommend the following:

Ensure that candidates have strategies for learning material accurately and in detail, frequent short answer testing during the programme should assist in this. Similarly encouraging candidates to write their own timelines will lead to essays that are more clearly structured and coherent.

We already have ATL to get students to write timelines in all topics and we are also adding to the number of quizzes to help students learn key facts; we will put more up over the next month.

We are creating quizzes that you can download to give to students and also interactive quizzes that students can do themselves if you have given them access to the site.

Armistice Anniversary

The  100 year anniversary of the Armistice  gives an opportunity to get students thinking about the significance of the First World War. And not just history students – as we've discussed before, IB history students could organize an armistice assembly to the whole school and/or set up a display as part of CAS.

One discussion that can be had is how best to remember such an event; the article below asks various UK historians/journalists/artists and politicians which work of art resonates most with them regarding remembering the war. This could also be a school wide activity – asking staff and students which book, poem, art-work, memorial has had the most impact on them re highlighting the significance of the war.

The art of warfare (the Guardian)

For a world in shock, WW1 prompted a unique outpouring of creative expression. Our panel of experts pick their favourites

I haven’t seen this, but Peter Jackson’s reworking of original black and white footage of the soldiers in the trenches sounds incredible:

They Shall Not Grow Old review – Peter Jackson's electrifying journey into the first world war trenches (the Guardian)

Jackson has restored, colourised and added voices to footage of the western front, bringing the soldiers unforgettably back to life

Many interesting articles have been written by historians to commemorate this event. For example in the two magazines below.

If you do not have a subscription to these magazines, it would be worth thinking of getting them as the archives include articles which students would find useful when writing Extended Essays and IAs.

November 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine out now! (History Extra)

The November 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale

History Today | The world's leading serious history magazine (www.historytoday.com)

When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies.

 (Also don't forget the History magazine designed for higher level students published by Hodder. Although the focus is for A level students, the articles on historical topics and themes are equally suitable for IB students).

Theory of Knowledge

You may also be interested to the see the Theory of Knowledge questions for 2019. These can be found here.

There is lots of scope for using history in these questions; they would allow for some good TOK discussions in your history class!




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