Happy Anniversary – or when is Wednesday?

Soviet-era propaganda poster On October 25 1917 the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd, beginning the process of Communist control in what would become the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Based on that information alone, most would think that we are currently marking the centennial of the revolution, but. we aren't really. As students of Russian history know, the Tsars followed the Julian calendar while most of Europe followed (and continue to follow) the Gregorian calendar.  The change was evolutionary in nature, ...

Rights and Protest: 60 years since the Little Rock 9 entered Central High School

When I opened the paper today (yes, some of us still do that), there was a brief interview with some of the members of the Little Rock 9.  60 years ago today, 9 African-American teenagers entered Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in a bid to begin the end of segregation in education.  If you look at the photo of the students that the Associated Press/Fox News used in its article, you see a group of pleasant, well-dressed young people on ...

The 6 key IB history concepts through the lens of current US interest in World War I

If you have studied the First World War as an IB student, the importance of this war is not lost on you.  World War I sowed the seeds of communist revolution in Russia, independence in Ireland, decolonization in much of the world, and a change in the international perception of a number of countries. 2014 marked the beginning of the centennial for most of the belligerents involved in the war, and this has led to a renewed interest and reconsideration of ...

Are you new to DP History?

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For those of you who are entering DP Year I there may be a degree of trepidation about what is to come.  There are plenty of websites and blogs out there that are dedicated to 'telling you like it is', which usually comes in the form of fear-mongering with a healthy dose of sarcasm.  There are countless aphorisms, the most famous of which, in historical circles, is "the wisdom of the IB is that students are given 2 hours to ...

The espionage act of 1917 and opposition to the First World War in North America

On June 15, 1917 the US Congress passed the Espionage Act which, while modified over the years, has remained in tact as legislation for a century.  This Act addressed key concerns from that point in time: 'interference' in military recruitment interception of materials considered seditious or treasonous by the US Postmaster prohibited the transference of information to a foreign agent that may could hinder the US war effort Passing the legislation was not at all surprising or unusual; all European countries had ...

Portugal in World War I

In June, 1917 Portuguese troops saw their first action as battle-ready troops in France.  Why is this significant?  There is a tendency to highlight the entrance of the US in the First World War in 1917 but all of this shows the global nature of the war.  It is true that Portugal had a long-standing agreement with the UK (and Great Britain, and England) and its entrance was part of this relationship but it was also about colonial possessions in ...

PRE IB: Studying, Reading, and Rereading… A Study Method for History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School History is a challenging subject to study.  On the one hand, you need to master several skills like essay writing and source analysis.  To use these skills, however, you need to have a strong base in content... the people, places and events of history. So here is a step by method for studying history: Build a study schedule Walk backwards from the exam date to the current date, mapping out ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School What is in store for you as you embark on one or two years of IB History? Let’s look at some of the features of this course to give you a better idea what you have signed on for. The first thing to understand about IB History, indeed any IB course, is that it values depth over breadth.  In other words, it doesn’t just want to stuff more ...

PRE IB: ATL… Helping with the Climb

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School In the previous post we looked at how Bloom’s Taxonomy can be applied to the IB History Course.  Now let’s look at how IB helps with you climb up “Mount Bloom.”  In IB we call this ATL or Approaches to Teaching and Learning.  ATL is based on a set of beliefs, backed by research, as to how students learn and how teachers can best help with this ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History – The Structure

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School You will be studying IB History at either the Higher Level (HL), a two-year course, or at the Standard Level (SL) which can be either one or two years.  While every teacher approaches things a bit differently, there are some elements that are common to all IB History courses.  The first was laid out in the previous blog – Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL).  Here are ...