Thursday, November 29, 2007

IB History Internal Assessment

Our 11th graders are beginning their IB History Internal Assessment. I've been collaborating with the History Department for several years and we've been fine tuning the whole research process. This year we tried something new....A Book Feast! I don't know how else to describe it, it does kind of need a better name, but it DID turn out to be a great activity.

Basically, for IB History Internal Assessment the topics fall into a few catagories: Russian Revolution, World War I, World War II, Holocaust, Cold War (Vietnam War, Korean War, etc). Students can learn about events leading up to the wars (ie. Prussia & Bismarck), the Inter-War years and consequences of war. Very high level research going on :) An example of some questions could be "What effect did the first World War have on British Women?" or "Why did the Reds win the Russian Civil War (1918 - 1921)?"

I went into the IB History classrooms and we reviewed how to use our Gale Databases and I introduced them to Inter-Library Loan. After about a 30 minute lesson, we went down to the library and each student sat at a designated table (organized by topic) and looked through books that were related to their topics. It was such a productive class and it was great to see students excited about their topics! After they checked out books, we moved into the Tech Center to use the History Research Center (and some other databases). Students were also searching MeLCat for books around the entire state and their own public libraries.

Overall it was a really productive day in terms of research and I think our Juniors will be ready for their IB Extended Essay soon!

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