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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.
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Births (100 years ago today): 1918 – Jimmy Rowles, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1996)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 – George Gamow, Ukrainian-American physicist and cosmologist (b. 1904)
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Drag and Drop quiz generator
The Rise of Hitler: Essay Planning Generator
Origins of World War One: Essay-Planning Generator
Causes of the Spanish Civil War: Essay Planning Generator
IB Induction WW2 Trivia Challenge
IB Induction Project Assembly Presentation
New decision-making simulation: Time Machine Journey to the Renaissance
What is history all about? The who, when and why!
Time machine display card
Medieval Cathedrals: Design your own!
JFK: Speech on Castro and Cuba, 1960
Virtual Reality Images: War Memorials
World War One Battlefields Follow-Up: Design a Memorial / Visitor Center
Berlin Residential Trip: Maps, Multimedia, Itineraries and Workpacks