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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): 1919 – Jack Palance, American boxer and actor (d. 2006)
Births (50 years ago today): 1969 – Toma? Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1969 – Dragi?a Cvetkovi?, Serbian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1893)
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Maos China: Thematic Analysis and Independent Research
Mao and his Ministers
Teacher Part 3: Maos Domestic Policies 1968-76
Teacher Lecture, Part 2: Maos Domestic Policies 1945-67
Teacher Lecture, Part 1: Maos Domestic Policies 1949-56
Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU?
Medieval Town and Village Virtual Adventure
What was the impact of the Korean War on the course and development of the Cold War?
Who was the most interesting Roman Emperor of all time? = Research Prompt Sheet
League of Nations Simulation update
Escape the Room Whitechapel 1888
Henry VIII: Head2Head Virtual Interview Relaunch
Medicine Through Time Expert: Head2Head Virtual Interview Relaunch
Adolf Hitler: Head2Head Virtual Interview Relaunch
Martin Luther King, Jr: Head2Head Virtual Interview Relaunch