November: Armistice and site update
Tuesday 6 November 2018
More site updates and more ideas for commemorating Armistice Day.
We would also like to wish good luck to all students who are currently taking their IB exams- and especially for the history exams this Friday and next Monday!
The Grieving Parents, a memorial to the artist Käthe Kollwitz's son Peter, in Vladslo German war cemetery
We have discussed Armistice Day several times in these blogs, and the opportunity that this gives for history IB students to play a role in explaining to the rest of your school the significance of this event.
I’ve used Siegfried Sassoon’s poem Aftermath at several Remembrance Assemblies; students can read it out - or this version by Jeremy Irons is very moving.
(This excerpt comes from Episode 7 of 'The Great War, 1914 to 1918' which deals with the impact the war, including responses to the horror such as Käthe Kollwitz' statue shown above. The link and ATL for this video can be found here: 3. First World War: Effects (ATL)
The BBC site also has Assembly resources that can be used:
A collection of content to use with Primary and Secondary pupils to mark Armistice Day.
Your IB students can also of course use the multitude of resources on line to develop their own understanding of the signficance of the war if they are doing this topic as part of their course:
The BBC presents a season of programming commemorating the centenary of World War One.
(There are many good resources on the BBC site - the oral interviews with those who were involved in the war are particularly interesting and poignant)
November also marks the anniversary of women getting the vote for the first time in the UK and to mark this event, women politicians from all over the world are coming to London:
Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons
As ever, this month has seen several additions to the site. Links to all new pages or those with updates are listed below.
We are continuing to add quizzes to key topics. You will find more for the Inter-war Years, for Imperial Russia and for the Soviet Union topics for European region, Paper 3.
Graded student essays
An essay on the United Front has been added to the China and Korea topic for Paper 3, Asian region
The next section of the American Civil War has been added and Japan under Occupation has been added to to Japan, 1910 to 1990
An ATL on the Structuralist versus Intentionalist interpretation of Hitler's rule has been added to the Hitler page of the Inter War Years.
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