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1.1 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)11 February 2019

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... more

3. Second World War: Practices (ATL)5 February 2019

The Second World War is a case study of a war between states. It is also cross-regional case study. It is an example of a war where you can analyse and evaluate the relative importance of each theatre... more

3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL)18 February 2019

Theme 3: Cold War crisesThis theme involves studying Cold War crises. A crisis is considered to be an event when there was a clear escalation of tension between the superpowersStudents need to be able... more

2. Nazi Germany (1933 - 1939) (ATL)31 October 2018

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... more

Case Study Topic 10: Mao (ATL)free3 August 2018

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... more

3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)28 January 2019

The growth of Japanese nationalism and militarism after 1931 and the consequent expansion of Japan into East Asia led to war with China and conflict with the West. This was to culminate in the Japanese... more

1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)1 December 2018

This page follows on from the first ATL page for this theme - starting with the impact of the nuclear arms race through to the final collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War.The Berlin crisis... more

1.2 German and Italian expansionism (1933 - 1940) ATL4 December 2018

The ATL on this page deal with the role of Hitler and Germany in increasing international tension in the 1930s and ultimately forcing Britain and France to declare war in September 1939. more

5. The Cold War: Videos and activities CNN Seriesfree3 August 2018

A great series of videos for teaching the Cold War: superpower tensions and rivalries is the CNN Cold War Series.This series has proved to be controversial with right-wing historians claiming that it... more

Comparative essay planning for authoritarian states3 August 2018

This page gives some suggestions for activities and plans which require students to compare two authoritarian states; this skill is key for this paper and students need plenty of practice in planning... more

3. Italy (1918 - 1939) (ATL)6 August 2018

Mussolini came to power in Italy in 1922. This topic explores the reasons for his rise to power and the impact of his Fascist ideology on Italy up to 1939.Videos and teaching ideas for videos are covered... more

2. Chinese Civil War: Practices (ATL)3 August 2018

This section looks at the practices of the Chinese Civil War, linking the course of the war to the prescribed content headings for wars on the IB syllabus.Note that this section links to Paper 3 Asia... more

Paper 1free2 August 2018

Paper 1 is a source paper in which students must answer four questions on four sources which are all related to one of the prescribed subjects. This page gives an overview of what is required; see Guidelines... more

2. Assessment for Paper 22 August 2018

Paper 2 essays are marked using the markbands which can be found in the IB history guide hereUnlike Paper 3, there are no indicative comment markschemes due to the fact that students can choose their... more

4. Second World War: Effects (ATL)3 August 2018

Guiding questions:What was the situation in Europe and Asia at the end of the Second World War?What were the economic costs of the Second World War?What were the political and ideological effects of the... more

4. Japanese expansion in East Asia: Videos and activities27 August 2018

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are... more

1. Stalin's rise to power and rule (ATL)30 October 2018

Here are some different activities that you can do for this first part of Section 16. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities, summary activities, analytical activities,... more

Case Study: Vietnam War (ATL)free19 February 2019

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... more

2. Imperial Russia: The last years of autocracy (1894 - 1914) (ATL)free4 August 2018

This page covers a range of activities to help students understand the events of Nicholas II's reign: the growing tensions, impact of the 1905 revolution and outbreak of war.Videos and ideas for using... more

3. Rise of Communism in China (ATL)17 September 2018

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had its origins in the turbulent decade of the 1920s. This section looks at its ideology and its conflict with the other major political force in China - the Guomindang... more

Topic 11: Japan 1920 to 1990free4 January 2019

This period of Japan's history starts with a period of 'liberal' democracy, examines the descent into nationalism and militarism in the 1930s with its catastrophic results, and then looks at the reconstruction... more

2. African Americans and the fight for civil rights (ATL)free17 September 2018

This section looks at the different methods used by African Americans to end segregation and achieve equality, and the influence of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X on the civil rights movement. more

1. Imperial Russia, reform and reaction (1855 - 1894) (ATL)4 August 2018

The years 1855 to 1894 saw Russia experiencing some dramatic reforms, but also severe repression.Here are some different activities that you can do for this first part of Section 12. There is a mixture... more

1. Rise of national identity in China (ATL)27 August 2018

The Years 1911 to 1927 saw several key developments in China: the failed attempt of an imperial general, Yuan Shikai, to bring back the Imperial throne, a period of chaos during which Warlords held sway,... more

2. Assessment for Paper 32 August 2018

Paper 3 essays are marked using the markbands which can be found here. Examiners will also have indicative content of what they might expect to see in the essay.The grid below is a breakdown of the IB... more

1. Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay writing exercises and essay plans26 December 2018

Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay framesThis theme of the Cold War topic will contain more specific questions than the other two themes which will usually be more comparative in nature. more

4. The Bolshevik consolidation of power (1918 - 1924) (ATL)4 August 2018

On this page, there are ATL to help students understand how the Bolsheviks managed to consolidate their power in the years 1917 and 1924 and survive a civil war.Note that this section can also be used... more

1. Europe and the First World War (ATL)12 February 2019

On this page you will find ATL on the causes and impact of the First World War. These are in addition to ATL which can be found on the case study of the First World War for Paper 2: Case Study: First... more

An introduction to themes and prescribed content (ATL)free3 August 2018

This page aims to introduce students to the concept of authoritarian states and to think about the themes and prescribed content that they will need to consider in their study of authoritarian states.... more

1. The impact of the First World War on Japan16 September 2018

The First World War saw Japan increasing its role on the world stage; it increased its territories and influence and, in the post-war years, entered into the Washington Treaties with the USA and Britain. more

7. Imperial Russia, revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union (1855–1924): Videos and activities19 November 2018

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are... more

2. Civil rights movement in the United States: Videos and activitiesfree2 August 2018

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. More video clips can be found... more

1. Spanish Civil War: Causes (ATL)free3 August 2018

After over a century of social, economic and political division, the Spanish Civil War broke out in July 1936 when an attempted military coup failed and the country descended into internal conflict more

4. China at war 1931 to 1949 (ATL)17 September 2018

From 1931, China was subjected to an invasion by the Japanese; this conflict became part of the wider conflict of the Second World War from 1941. Although Jiang and Mao created a second United Front to... more

5. The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005): videos6 August 2018

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are... more

1. Rwanda (1990–1998) (ATL)2 August 2018

Here are some different activities that you can do for this unit. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source practice, summary activities, analytical activities, individual work... more

3. First World War: Effects (ATL)13 November 2018

This pages looks at the issues confronting the peace makers in 1917 and the impact of the Versailles settlement.Essay writing practice for this case study as well as videos and quizzes can be found on... more

1. Reactions to events in Europe and Asia, 1933 - 1941free5 August 2018

This page looks at the reasons for US isolationism and the reaction of America to events in Europe and Asia. Also Roosevelt's actions with regard to Latin America.Guiding questions: more

1. Extended Essay: Choosing topics and questions2 August 2018

The EE: Choosing topics and questionsOne of the key roles for you as a supervisor is to guide students in their choice of topic and question. Here are some tips on this process.Points to consider when... more

3. Apartheid South Africa (1948 - 1964) (ATL)free3 August 2018

These pages will give you some ideas for teaching and learning activities for the case study on the Apartheid in South Africa. We have included a range of activities which include comprehension exercises,... more

Leaders and nations: Essay writing exercises and essay frames27 August 2018

Leaders and nations: essay writing exercises and essay plansStudents will be choosing their own examples on which leaders and nations to include in their essays, and so essay frames here provide a general... more

8. European states in the interwar years: graded student examples20 January 2019

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.The two graded essays here are... more

1. Causes of the Great Depression in USfree27 August 2018

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,... more

3. Social impact of the Second World War5 August 2018

The Second World War impacted on the role of women, African Americans and minority groups in America. All groups were involved to some degree in the war effort and this led to changes in their lives -... more

Mao: Graded student examples3 August 2018

On this page you will find sample essays on this topic, written by students. There are also some suggested activities that you could do with the essays as well.Evaluate the role of terror in establishing... more

3. Chinese Civil War: Effects (ATL)3 August 2018

1 October 1949, Mao proclaimed the People's Republic in Tiananmen Square.The effects of his victory in the civil war were far-reaching not just for China but for the region and for the whole world. The... more

Leaders and nations: Graded student examplesfree27 August 2018

On this page, you will find sample essays for this section - comparing leaders or nations from different regions.Essay oneThis essay takes Stalin and Truman as the two leaders to compare and contrast.... more

3. US Foreign policy - Kennedy to Carter (ATL)6 August 2018

The ATL on the page examine the foreign policies from Kennedy to Carter and the impact of these policies on the region.Guiding Questions:What were Kennedy's foreign policy goals?What were the reasons... more

Cold War crises: Essay writing exercises and essay plans17 September 2018

Cold War Crises: essay writing exercises and essay plansStudents will be choosing their own examples on which crises to include in their essays, and so this essay frame provides a general structure and... more

6. The Soviet Union and Russia: Essay frames and writing exercisesfree27 August 2018

This page contains a variety of essay writing exercises and essay plans for this topic.Task OneEssay practice: IntroductionsDiscuss the reasons why Stalin rather than Trotsky had become leader of the... more