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Pre-class preparation: Video Documentary and Worksheet
Prior to the first lesson on this topic, students should complete this worksheet which provides them with a thorough overview of the main events, themes and personalities.
Teacher-Led Online Presentation
A 12-slide presentation providing an essential overview and images to analyse and discuss.
Individual Research Phase
This pack provides detailed information and suggested areas for research. Students choose a range of themes from those suggested and conduct their own research to help them prepare their essays.
Design a school exhibition!
The Impact of McCarthyism in the USA in the 1950s is such a rich topic of study that it is difficult to know what to focus on, so I let each student choose their own area of interest (music, film, politics, science....) and then gave them their own exhibition space to produce something in the school corridor. Rather than it being a 'display' they have to include questions / tasks (what they called 'clickbait'!) to get other students interested. They came up with some great ideas ('Which one of these posters is NOT really from the period?', 'Match this character card to the one on display which tells you what happened to them in the Red Scare', 'Find the 'reds under the beds' badges hidden around school and trade each one in for a sweet!'' and so on...
Keyword Checker - How did the early years of the Cold War (1946 to 1956) affect the political and social life of the United States?
When students have completed their essays on this question, they should put them into this key word checker to determine how many key terms they have successfully incorporated.
Model Essay: How did the early years of the Cold War (1946 to 1956) affect the political and social life of the United States? [teacher password required]
Here's a model essay I wrote on the key question in timed conditions, and which students could be given after completing their own.
Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - World War I: First Battle of Gaza - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City.
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
Deaths (500 years ago today): 1517 - Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer (b. 1450)
Commemorations:Bangladesh National Day
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Rights and Protest Sourcework Sample: The Rivonia Trial
Model Essay: Analyse the successes and failures of Nixons domestic policies
Nixons Domestic Policy: Student research task
IB Sourcework: Rights and Protest sample source work papers and model answers
Model Essay: Assess the successes and failures of Nixons foreign policy
Nixons foreign policy: the second administration
Nixons foreign policy: The 1972 Presidential Election
Sourcework Exercise: To what extent was Martin Luther King responsible for the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
Nixons foreign policy: the first administration (1969-72)
Nixons Foreign Policy: New study unit
Was life good or bad in Victorian Britain? A study through paintings
Anarchism: Bakunins Catechism of a Revolutionary
Summary Sheet: Hegel, Marx and Lenin compared and contrasted
Factual Test on the issues covered so far (20 questions)
Teacher-led online lecture : A brief history of political ideology from the Enlightenment to the modern day!