Rights and Protest Sourcework Sample: The Rivonia Trial

The following materials are designed to provide teachers and students with practice sourework exercises for the “Rights and Protest” topic in the IB History examination.

The Rivonia Trial: Did Mandela’s decision to abandon nonviolence do more harm than good?

Complete sourcework exercise in the style of IB, with model answers provided.

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Model Essay: “Analyse the successes and failures of Nixon’s domestic policies”

Model Essay: “Analyse the successes and failures of Nixon’s domestic policies”
A timed essay that I wrote in exam conditions to share with students for revision and discussion.

Part of the Nixon’s Administration scheme of work.

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Nixon’s Domestic Policy: Student research task

“Higher level students will write a timed essay on the key question outlined above. You will self-study this topic in your own time. When it comes to revision time we will compare and contrast Nixon and Johnson’s achievements. Your task will be to use a variety of sources to decide for yourself what the main policy areas are for consideration, and to research their successes and failures”

Part of the Nixon’s Administration scheme of work.

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Model Essay: “Assess the successes and failures of Nixon’s foreign policy”

Model Essay: “Assess the successes and failures of Nixon’s foreign policy” [teacher password required]
Students should close this unit by tackling one of the essay questions outlined above in timed conditions. The essay provided here was written by me in timed conditions whilst my own students tacked a similar question.

Part of the new scheme of work on the Foreign Policy of President Nixon.

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Nixon’s foreign policy: the second administration

Nixon’s second administration (1972-1974)
“Nixon’s second administration was mired in the Watergate Scandal, but no less controversial is is handling of foreign affairs in this period. In this part of the investigation you will reach your own judgement on whether Vietnam, Chile, Israel and the Middle East, or South Africa deserves to be regarded as his greatest area of foreign policy failure using a ‘Wheel of Life’ format. You will do this firstly by investigating one issue in depth, then discussing your ideas with the rest of the class so we can collaboratively reach a judgement on the most obvious areas of success, and the most obvious areas of failure, ready for the examination”.

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