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The other worksheets in this short unit can be collated together as a printable pack if desired. This cover sheet establishes the relevance of the topic.
The horrifying human impact of the League's failure in Manchuria in particular is highlighted in this disturbing slideshow. I only use this at IB level. Please reach your own judgement as to whether it is appropriate for your own students.
Roleplay: The Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises
This roleplay exercise is a good way of getting students thinking about the possible courses of action open to the League. The teacher should be prepared to explain to the students what was actually decided in terms of the Lytton Report (re. Manchuria) and the Hoare-Laval Pact (re. Abyssinia).
Cartoon Analysis: Manchuria and Abyssinia [interactive]
Students consolidate their knowledge by analysing a series of political cartoons relating to the Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises.
Communism and Fascism
This worksheet can be completed at any point during this unit. It provides students with a useful understanding of the differences between communism and fascism at just the point that these two ideologies start to get mentioned frequently.
The Historiography of World War Two: Was Hitler a Gambler, or a Planner, in Foreign Affairs?
The AJP Taylor debate is explained here clearly, with discussion points attached and reference made to other historians who have contributed to the debate. I use this at IB level rather than IGCSE, although it could be a good extension activity for more able IGCSE students.
Overview of Hitler's Foreign Policy
A topological map and a note-taking framework that should be used in conjunction with textbooks and / or videos.
Detailed Analysis of Hitler's Foreign Policy`
A thorough breakdown of Hitler's policies between 1933-39, broken up with discussion points and questions. I produced this after I felt that the textbooks did not cover the subject sufficiently clearly. This worksheet can be used to accompany the pack.
The Nazi-Soviet Pact
Why did the communists and the Nazis become allies?
Diagram Task: Events in the 1930s
This task can be attempted at any point during this part of the unit, and would be an ideal homework activity. Students produce a series of diagrams illustrating the changing shape of international relations during the 1930s through the assistance of a detailed timeline.
WHAT Caused World War Two? - Flowchart Task
Students are presented with a skeleton flowchart outlining 6 main causes of World War Two. Their job is to connect the factors together meaningfully and then translate this into a written piece.
WHO Caused World War Two? - Debate Task
The class is divided into various groups, each of which has the task of producing prosecution questions against one country, and defence replies for another. A thorough way of rounding off the unit and looking at the evidence from a fresh perspective.
Structured Questions for IGCSE
Provide students with this detailed list of possible questions to revise from as a homework, then set one of them as a practice question in timed conditions.
Essay Task on the Origins of World War Two - IB / A-Level
A more advanced question for students beyond GCSE.
What Caused World War Two? [interactive]
An interactive guide which will also develop essay writing skills
"Who Am I?" Challenge - International Relations in the 1930s
Each team will be presented with a clue about a key historical figure. They get 50 points if they guess it correctly. If they wish to 'pass', they get further (easier) clues but the points available steadily decline. An incorrect guess at any point means they get zero points for that round. You can play as many rounds as you wish. It's a great way to revise!
Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.
Births (350 years ago today): 1667 - Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and academic (d. 1748)
Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Enrique Granados, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1916)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Rahul Bose, Indian journalist, actor, director, and screenwriter
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1841)
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Defining weasel terms: Guerrilla, interstate, civil wars; populist v. military dictators; and much more besides
One sentence summaries: conclusions on the Presidents
Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most success outside of the Americas?
Post-War American Presidents to 1980: Detailed summary sheet for revision
Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most for the USA and for Latin America?
Comprehensive Summary Sheet for Revision: The Civil Rights Movement to 1965
Revision Summary Sheet: anti-apartheid resistance groups
Using drinking straws to study competition, co-operation and the arms race
Design Tubular Timeline Towers for chronological understanding
Develop persuasive vocabulary with a biased words knockout challenge
History in your pocket: Coins as sources
Student bookmark: Key vocabulary for essay writing
Use EyeSay! to give visual feedback on student essays
Medieval Realms: Revision quiz
Nazi Germany: Play your dates right! quiz