Please fill in the following form to contact the author, Russel Tarr (@russeltarr)
ActiveHistory provides entertaining, educational award-winning interactive simulations, decision-making games, self-marking quizzes, high-quality worksheets and detailed lesson plans for teachers and students.
View the top 50 activities here.
You can also request a free trial.
A wide range of sample paper 1 exercises, complete with model answers to be discussed with students afterwards.
This rubric provides a student-friendly mark scheme and tips for structuring each of the answers for the IB Sourcework Paper. For example:
I have designed the following bookmark in order to help students use a richer range of vocabulary to express their ideas more clearly in essays:
Sets of these bookmarks can be printed off, laminated, cut out, and then shared with students to keep in their planners or textbooks.
A student-friendly essay rubric breaking down the elements of good essay writing into separate categories of analysis. The approach adopted here is a subject of a blogpost at Tarr's Toolbox.
A detailed blogpost outlining one of my favourite essay-writing strategies to use with students.
“EyeSay!” is a new tool I have coded at www.classtools.net to help students and teachers get a useful visualisation of essay style and structure.
Factual knowledge is the bedrock of good history writing. Without it, meaningful opinions cannot be formed or substantiated. With this in mind, I developed the Keyword Checker at ClassTools. Simply input the essential terms, names, dates and events in one box, and paste the essay into the other. The application will then check the essay and provide a quick rundown of exactly which terms have been included, and which have been left out.
The ability to select, prioritise, categorise and link evidence is a valuable skill that students learn in History. It is also highly transferable to other subjects. Using hexagons is a particularly simple and effective way of developing these skills.
The knack of writing a good essay in a subject like history is a skill which is a challenge to acquire for many students, but immensely rewarding and useful. The ability to carry a reader along with a well-crafted argument is no easy feat, since it involves carefully synthesising the creative arts of the storyteller with the scientific rigour of the evidence-driven empiricist.
© 1998-2018 Russel Tarr, ActiveHistory.co.uk Limited (Reg. 6111680)
High Park Lodge, Edstaston Wem, Shropshire, England, SY4 5RD. Telephone/Fax: 01939 233909
Events (250 years ago today): 1768 - James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
Births (150 years ago today): 1868 - Edwin Stephen Goodrich, English zoologist and anatomist (d. 1946)
Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Robert A. Boyd, Canadian engineer (d. 2006)
Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Sonique, English singer-songwriter and DJ
RSS Feed | Full week | Get Widget
Virtual Reality Images: War Memorials
World War One Battlefields Follow-Up: Design a Memorial / Visitor Center
Berlin Residential Trip: Maps, Multimedia, Itineraries and Workpacks
History of Berlin: Multimedia note-taking task
Richard Holmes: War Walks The Somme (28m) | Student Worksheet | Teacher Answers
How Significant was the role of International Protest and Intervention in the Anti-Apartheid Movement?
Model Essay Analyse the Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey (originally published in History Review)
Assess the degree to which guerrilla warfare was the main cause of communist victory in Vietnam
Compare and contrast the role of technology in determining the outcome of two wars, each chosen from a different region
Model Essay: Analyse the causes of the Spanish Civil War
Model Essay How successful were Mussolinis Domestic Policies?
Model Essays on Maos China
Analyse the causes and consequences of the Korean War
Analyse the causes of the Italian Wars 1494-1516
In what ways, and with what results, was Germany a source of Cold War tensions between 1945 and 1962?