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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:
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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 (50 years ago today): 1967 - Lauren Booth, English journalist and activist
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian (b. 1878)
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Defining weasel terms: Guerrilla, interstate, civil wars; populist v. military dictators; and much more besides
One sentence summaries: conclusions on the Presidents
Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most success outside of the Americas?
Post-War American Presidents to 1980: Detailed summary sheet for revision
Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most for the USA and for Latin America?
Comprehensive Summary Sheet for Revision: The Civil Rights Movement to 1965
Revision Summary Sheet: anti-apartheid resistance groups
Using drinking straws to study competition, co-operation and the arms race
Design Tubular Timeline Towers for chronological understanding
Develop persuasive vocabulary with a biased words knockout challenge
History in your pocket: Coins as sources
Student bookmark: Key vocabulary for essay writing
Use EyeSay! to give visual feedback on student essays
Medieval Realms: Revision quiz
Nazi Germany: Play your dates right! quiz