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The following materials have been designed to help deliver Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in History at IB (International Baccalaureate) Level to my students at the International School of Toulouse.
As well as making regular reference to TOK issues within normal lessons, I also deliver three sessions of one hour each to all of Year 12 (whether or not they study history), and round the unit off by setting a relevant TOK essay title from the IB syllabus (these are provided annually in advance).
This session makes use of the following two video clips which illustrate the problem of the 'language gap' when trying to interpret historical sources:
[Student worksheet | Teacher notes]
This session makes use of the following two video clips, both of which demonstrate the danger of taking even 'documentary' evidence at face value:
This session makes use of the following two video clips which demonstrate the ideas of accidentalism and determinism respectively.
Observations: Leopold von Ranke's Historicism movement in the late 19th Century laid the framework for modern historiography. From the scientific methods of source analysis it promoted, historians quickly moved from describing "what" happened and towards a consideration of "why". In the late 20th Century, however, the postmodernists argued that Historicism was fundamentally flawed: all historical sources were both biased and incomplete so it was impossible to reach any valid conclusions. This created "The Crisis of History" which has called into question the whole validity of the discipline.
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Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1618 - Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Anthony Asquith, English director and screenwriter (b. 1902)
Commemorations:World Day of Social Justice
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Backward Essay Planning the Rule of Pinochet
How important was the role of women in the anti-Apartheid movement?
The Sophiatown Removals: Sample Sourcework Paper / Model Answers
New Interactive Timeline Generator!
Escape the Room: Mission Rivonia!
Summary revision: Cold War Crises Compared
Model Essay: Evaluate the political and economic impact of military rule in Chile between 1973 and 1989
Historiography: Causes for the Rise of Dictators / Outbreak of Civil Wars / Revolutions
Model Essay: With reference to two examples from two different regions, assess (a) the reasons for the use of guerrilla warfare, and (b) its effectiveness. (compares Cuba and Vietnam).
The Victorians through Paintings: Video Clips List
The February Revolution of 1917
From Yalta to Potsdam the wartime alliance starts breaking down
Introduction to Racism: An introduction to Rights and Protest
Video worksheet: Brunel by Jeremy Clarkson|Factual Test
Escape the Room Mission: Rome!