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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

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

1.1 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)free15 December 2018

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

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

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

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

3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL)1 December 2018

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

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

3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)4 December 2018

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

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

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

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

Case Study: Vietnam War (ATL)17 September 2018

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

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

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

The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Republicans and The Nationalists. However it was protracted by, and possibly ultimately determined by, foreign interventions. The historian Beevor suggested... 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

8: The French Revolution and Napoleon I (1774–1815)free7 November 2018

This section covers the French Revolution starting with its origins in the 1780s and then the amazing events of 1789 through to the terror and ultimately the rule of Napoleon. The social, economic, political... 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Origins of the Civil War11 November 2018

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: 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. 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

Case Study: Cuban Civil War (ATL)3 August 2018

Case Study: Cuban Civil WarThe ATL on this page are designed to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of the Cuban Civil War. This works as a case study for both a civil war and a... 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. Europe and the First World War (ATL)28 August 2018

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

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

5. First World War: Graded student examples3 August 2018

On this page you will find sample student essays.For Paper 2, wars will never be named in the questions so these are essays where the First World War has been used as the example in response to an open-ended... 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

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

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

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. 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

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

5. Extended Essay: Graded student examples2 August 2018

This section includes some samples of EEs that have received A gradesSee the menu on the left hand side of this page for the sample EEs more

Hitler: Essay planning for Paper 2free3 August 2018

Essay planning for using Hitler as a case studyThis page contains ATL to improve essay writing using Hitler as a case study when discussing authoritarian states.See also the essay page on plans for comparative... 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

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

4. Spanish Civil War: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

The Spanish Civil War: essay planningThis page contains essay plans and essay writing activities on the Spanish Civil War. For comparative essays involving the Spanish Civil war please go to the comparative... more

5. Second World War: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

Second World War essay planningThis page contains essay plans and essay writing activities on the Second World War. For comparative essays involving the Second World War, please go to the comparative... more

4. First World War: Essay planning for Paper 23 August 2018

First World War: Essay planning This page contains ATL to improve essay writing for this topic as well as specific essay frames.Task OneATL: Thinking skillsThe six key concepts in history are: 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

1. First World War: Causes (ATL)28 August 2018

The page contains ATL to help students understand the causes, practices and effects of The First World War.For students studying this topic for Paper 3, more detail on the causes of the First World War... more

4. Japan's foreign policy 1931 to 194526 November 2018

The years 1931 to 1937 saw Japan turn away from participating in international treaties and organisations, and instead become increasingly isolated as, led by the Japanese military, it pursued an aggressive... 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

2. Involvement and participation of the US and Canada5 August 2018

Both Canada and the US were involved in fighting in Europe; Canada from 1940 and the US from 1942. In Asia, Canadian troops were involved in the resistance of Hong Kong. However it was US troops that... more