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The Body on the Balcony EPISODE 1 - a Historical Mystery!
In this exercise, based on a real historical event, students have to put events into their correct chronological order to make some initial speculations about what has happened. Through doing this they learn about the importance of chronology and understand the meaning of anachronism. Additionally, each student produces a timeline of their life and then a timeline of world events covering the same period.
Why 365 days in a year? Why 24 hours in a day? What are the origins of the months of the year, and the days of the week? [there is also a teacher answer sheet]
I do this activity with students towards the end of the Autumn Term. They conduct their own research into a variety of questions relating to chronological terms. As a winter holiday project they could produce their own calendar designed to explain the origin of the months of the year.
Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Is Time Travel Actually Possible?
After an introduction to the idea that every time we look at a star we are actually looking back in time at something as it was maybe hundreds of years ago, students consider the implications of this fact in a pretty deep sense and how Einstein showed that time itself can be slowed down....definitely one for gifted and talented students!
The Body on the Balcony EPISODE 2 - the Mystery Deepens!
With their curiosity inevitably piqued, students are now presented firstly with a photograph of the scene (remember, this is a genuine historical event). They are encouraged to distinguish what they now know for a fact, what they can deduce, and what they speculate. They then move on to examine, compare and contrast two written sources. Finally, the teacher reveals the name of the person whose body was found on the balcony, plays an extract from one of his speeches, and encourages students to find out answers to some of the key questions raised by the sources (why was he killed? why was the murderer never put on trial? why were the witnesses never interviewed by police...?)
Evidence about myself
As a first homework, students produce a scrapbook of personal evidence consisting of photos, certificates, tickets and so on - but with no written explanation. In the follow-up lesson, the scrapbooks are swapped around and students have to deduce things about each other from the evidence that they have.
The "Who" of History - People
Students brainstorm famous people from history, research one each in more detail, and conduct a lively balloon debate to decide on the "most important". They can also use this balloon debate powerpoint template.
Events (150 years ago today): 1867 - United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
Births (500 years ago today): 1517 - Manuel da Nóbrega, Portuguese-Brazilian priest and missionary (d. 1570)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Eric Stuart, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor
Deaths (600 years ago today): 1417 - Pope Gregory XII (b. 1326)
Deaths (350 years ago today): 1667 - Fasilides, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1603)
Deaths (200 years ago today): 1817 - Etienne Nicolas Méhul, French pianist and composer (b. 1763)
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Multimedia lecture : WHY did the Civil Rights movement become more radical after 1964?
IB History Internal Assessments sample studies
Mission: Berlin! (Escape the Room activity on Hitlers consolidation of power)
Student-friendly Sourcework Rubric
The life of Martin Luther Design a film trailer!
Model Essay: Assess the view that After initial failures, Kennedys handling of foreign policy grew increasingly successful as time went on
Advisor to the Kaiser! A new online simulation!
The Rise of Hitler Images
President Johnson An Introduction to LBJ
The Mystery of Pompeii: stand-alone lesson
Historiography: Historians on the Rise of Hitler
ClassTools.net Arcade Games: Kennedys Foreign Policy
Factual test Kennedys Foreign Policy
Classroom debate How successful was Kennedys foreign policy?
Escape the Room! Mission Havana, 1959