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

Armistice Day

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:

Armistice Day Resources (BBC)

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:

BBC World War One (BBC)

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:

UK Parliament to hold first ever Women MPs of the World Conference (Harriet Harman)

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons

Site update

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

New pages

The next section of the American Civil War has been added and Japan under Occupation has been added to to Japan, 1910 to 1990

New Activities

An ATL on the Structuralist versus Intentionalist interpretation of Hitler's rule has been added to the Hitler page of the Inter War Years.

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

On this page you will find quizzes on this topic to help students learn key facts.For interactive quizzes, which students can do online, go to this page: European states in the interwar years: Interactive...

9. Imperial Russia, revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union: Quizzes

On this page you will find quizzes on this topic to help students learn key factsPhoto by Evan Dennis on UnsplashHere are 25 multiple choice questions on the the years 1917 to 1929 covering the two revolutions,the...

Interactive quizzes

Here are interactive quizzes for this topic on the Interwar Years. Each page has a different quiz of 25 questions which students can do on their own. When students 'check' their answers they will also...

The Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia: quizzes

On this page you will find quizzes on this topic to help students learn key factsPhoto by Evan Dennis on UnsplashHere are 25 multiple choice questions on the the years 1929 to 1939 covering Stalin's policies....

China and Korea (1910 - 1950): graded student examples

On this page you will find sample essays on this topic, written by students and graded by examiners. We have also suggested activities that can be done with these essays.Evaluate the achievements and...

2. Origins of the Civil War

This page explores further the growing tensions over the different political, social and economic developments taking place in the northern and southern states of America.Guiding questions:

5. The US Occupation 1945 to 1952

The occupation of Japan by the US from 1945 to 1952 was led by General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, with support from the British Commonwealth; unlike Germany, the Soviet...:

2. Nazi Germany (1933 - 1939) (ATL)

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...


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