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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

1.1 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)free29 July 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

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

3. Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931 - 1941) (ATL)5 June 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

3. Theme 3 - Cold War Crises (ATL)3 June 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

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

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

What are ATL?27 August 2018

All activities on this site are based on different Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL). This page discusses these in more detail.A key aim of the IB is to develop the following key learning skills... 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

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

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. Rivalry, mistrust and accord: essay writing exercises and essay plans2 April 2019

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

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

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

Case Study: Vietnam War (ATL)31 March 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

1.2 Theme 1 - Rivalry, Mistrust and Accord (ATL)free13 August 2019

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

Case Study Topic 10: Mao (ATL)free17 April 2019

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

Internal Assessment (IA)free2 August 2018

The IA or Internal Assessment provides both SL and HL students with an opportunity to explore any part of your history programme in more detail, or indeed to explore an area that is not covered by your... more

Topic 14: Political developments in Latin America (1945–1980)free1 May 2019

This topic covers political developments in Latin America after 1945, including the rise to power of new leaders and their economic and social policies.Specifically, this unit looks at: more

1. The final stages of Muslim rule in Spain: ATL2 September 2018

This page focuses on the end of Muslim rule in Spain: the reasons for, and the consequences of, this key historical event. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source practice, summary... 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

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

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

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

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. The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933) (ATL)5 May 2019

The Weimar Republic (1918 - 1933)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,... 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

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

5. Extended Essay: Graded student examplesfree19 July 2019

This section includes some samples of EEs that have received A gradesSee below for the sample EEsTo what extent was the Danish Resistance Movement successful in disrupting the Nazi occupation of Denmark? more

3. Populist leader: Getúlio Vargas28 April 2019

This page examines the rise to power and rule of the Brazilian leader Getúlio Vargas, 1930 to 1945. Although he was member of the elite landed class (the gaucho-landed oligarchy) he became a 'populist'... more

Student access free18 October 2018

An important feature of this site is the ability to give students access to all of the ATL pagesYou can also choose to give students the access to the essay planning pages and the IA and EE help pages. 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

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

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

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. 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

2. The extent and nature of Soviet control29 July 2019

In the years 1945 to 1950, Stalin established political control over the eastern and central European states; he also tied them economically to the USSR and, via the Warsaw Pact, secured military control.... 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

4. Apartheid South Africa: Videos and activities2 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

3. PS1 Military leaders: Full source papers4 January 2018

On this page you will find full source papers and mark schemes for both case studies.The first document focuses on Richard's treatment of minorities and other non-Christians; click on the eye or download... more

3. The Vietnam conflict (ATL)24 February 2019

This page covers the Vietnam conflict from before the Second World War to the departure of the Americans in 1975 and the subsequent political and economic development of the country. There is considerable... more

2. The conquest of Mexico and Peru: ATL26 August 2018

This page focuses on the conquest of Mexico and Peru and the creation of Spain's Empire in Latin America.There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source practice, summary activities,... 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. 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

Extended Essay2 August 2018

The Extended essay is a 2,000 - 4,000 word in-depth study on a subject and topic of the student’s choice. Students choose to do an Extended Essay in one area of their DP – this ideally should be in... 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

2. Vietnam War: Videos and activities3 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 some of the videos... more

1. Causes of the Great Depression in USfree16 June 2019

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. Taisho Democracy17 September 2018

The reign of the Taisho Emperor, although short, is associated with a period of optimism in Japan's development when it seemed that Japan was becoming part of the international world order and developing... more