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Comparing two drafts of essays
Origins of World War One Research Task
Pairs of students have been allocated a different theme to research and produce a wiki page on. Year 13 will be reviewing and improving each of these pages next week.
Use Mr. Tarr's page about Nationalism and Imperialism
to get some idea of what you are aiming to produce.
1. Make improvements (e.g. hyperlinks, pics, vids, edit for clarification)
Austria v. Serbia
Nationalism v. Imperialism
• 1914 Assassination
• 1878 Treaty of Berlin
• 1908 Bosnian Crisis
• 1912-13 Balkan Wars
Germany v. Russia
• Bismarck > Franco-Prussian War
• Triple Entente / Triple Alliance
• War on Two Fronts > Schlieffen Plan
Cecily and Sabine
Germany v. France
• "Place in the Sun" Speech
• Anglo-French = Spheres of Influence
• Morocco 1905 / Algeciras Conference
• Morroco 1911 / Mansion House Speech
Alice and Borja
Germany v. Britain
• Kruger Telegram
• Berlin-Baghdad Railway
• Peers v. People
• Daily Telegraph Interview
• Admiral Tirpitz
Joe / Ben
• Colonel Apis
• Blank Cheque
• Willy-Nicky Telegrams
• Schlieffen Plan > AJP Taylor
Lucas and Nathan
Julie and Harry should do the computer simulation - 2 worksheets.
Holiday Work for Year 12: February 2009
“Analyse the methods used and the conditions which helped in the rise to power of one ruler of a single party state”.
This is an important essay. It covers a topic which can be tested in both Paper 2 and Paper 3. I am also going to give you much less guidance than previously on how to structure it. As such, this essay will form an important part of my end of year assessment of your progress which in turn contributes towards the final predicted grade I produce for your UCAS entries.
I don't want to give you too much advice on how to plan this essay this time. Instead, here are some general tips:
a. The "ruler of a single party state" is Lenin.
b. There is a distinction made between "methods used" (ie the contribution of the Bolsheviks themselves) and "conditions" (ie the mistakes made / problems faced by the Tsar / Provisional Government).
So my suggested approach is this:
1. Brainstorm all of the factors which explain why the Bolshevik revolution occurred in Russia in October 1917.
▪ Organise these under two headings
(a) Methods used by the Bolsheviks (Trotsky? Lenin? other figures?)
(b) Conditions which helped the Bolsheviks (political? socio-economic? military? etc)
2. Boil this down to the 3-5 most important factors under each heading (you can do this by getting rid of certain factors, or grouping others under a broader heading).
3. Now produce a diagram which outlines the individual contribution of each and (more importantly) how they connect together.
4. Then, write the first sentence of each paragraph, using your diagram to help you.
5. Finally, complete each paragraph using your notes to complete the essay.
6. Go to your textbooks and other sources to add some "juicy quotes" which will give your essay more individuality.
7. Your conclusion should not just summarise what you've already said. Instead, take the opportunity to answer some related questions: e.g. was the role of Lenin, or of Trotsky, more important? Was the Tsar and / or the provisional government responsible for their own downfall? Were military, social, economic or political factors the most important? Was Lenin carrying out the will of the people, tricking them, or even imposing a revolution on an unwilling populace?
In your folder of Word documents, you will find a copy of a student essay entitled “Why were there two revolutions in 1917?”. Remember that this is not the same question that you will answer! Have a read of it to see if there is anything you can include.
There is also a document of "historiography" in the same folider. This summarises the Fitzpatrick-Pipes debate. Try to use this too.
If you encounter difficulties, or want me to have a look at an early draft of an essay, get in touch by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Induction Projects
As part of our induction programme at the
School of Toulouse, Year 12 students choose a topic to research and produce a Wiki page, a Movie, and an essay.
A complete overview of how the lessons are structured can be found
The projects completed in September 2007-2008 are listed
2. Book Lists
Year 12 students have each been issued with the following books.
Corin / Fiehn
Cawood-Bell: World War One
Stewart: Changing Nature of Warfare
2. Spanish Civil War Research Projects
As part of our studies of the Spanish Civil War, each student investigated a key theme in depth and presented their findings to the class.
Commemorating the Spanish Civil War
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