Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Y10 History Summer Hols task 2/3

Find the gaps in your bookwork on Germany and use BBC Bitesize to fill them in.  The topic list published also on the blog will help you identify the gaps.

HERE is a copy of the survey you completed in class.  This has all the key topic questions you must be able to answer in the exam.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Y10 History GCSE Summer Hols work 3/3

You've been given an exercise book, which you can use.  Or perhaps create a 'Pinterest' page you can share with me in September to demonstrate your learning.

Your CA topic (25% of final mark) will be 'The USA 1919-1941'.  The question itself will be more specific within that period, however at this stage you should take the opportunity to learn about the period as you have never studied it before.

The topic is covered on Bitesize. A good starting point is linked HERE

Y10 History CA Practise - Summer Holiday Task 1/3

Were the 1920s good times for everyone in Weimar Germany? 

Link to GCSE Bitesize

This site has EVERYTHING and more on Germany and specifically Germany in the 1920's.

Try to make a balanced answer.  Use source material where you can find it to back up your point.  Ensure your theory matches up in the introduction and conclusion.  Ensure that every paragraph ends with the sentence starter, 'This helps me answer the question because...'.  Try and show your theory developing as you go through the answer paragraph by paragraph.

Suggested Paragraph topics and linked source material:

  1. The Working Class - factory workers, farm labourers
  2. The Middle Classes - Professionals, farm/factory owners
  3. Artists - Musicians, Painters, Writers, Actors, Architects etc
  4. Extremist & Moderate political parties

Some suggested Theories:

Life got better if you had the 'means to earn', i.e. you were educated, employed, in the political 'middle' ground (not a member of an extremist party).  Life continued to be hard if you fell outside these categories.

Stresemann's 'great coalition' only 'papered over the cracks' of a weak constitution and fragile economy, assissted by massive foreign loans.  This could only last as long and prosperity remained and that fate was out of Germany's hands. It was this lack of control that enabled groups such as the Nazis to survive this period of relative prosperity.

Stresemann was a visionary who delivered much needed stability to a desperate Germany in the 1920's.  His success can be explained in the 'grand coalition' he created and sustained.  This was a time of rapid change for all populations in Europe and it is inevitable that some people would feel left behind.

Rapid development in the Arts is arguably a positive thing.  Growing newspaper readership, theatre goers etc suggests a contentment in society.  However beneath the surface, this freedom expressed deep rooted divisions (have/have not's) in German society that groups like the Nazi's would exploit when the economic situation presented itself.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Y10 content list for Germany.

Some of you have gaps in your books due to absence or trips. Use this content list and your book to find the gaps and fill them in!

BBC GCSE Bitesize is a great place to start.

Y10 History marking

Year 10.

I'm trying something new.  Let me know in class if you think its useful.  For extended writing tasks you will find number 1-4 marked.  They translate as the following:

1 = relevant point made
2 = explanation made
3 = link made to other supporting factors
4 = evaluation offered relevant to the question set

Let me know.


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

OCR PAPER 1 guidance

The following link will take you to the OCR guide booklet on Paper 1 (Germany and the Cold War). 

Some of the questions for Germany you may already be able to answer. Remember we haven't finished our Germany topic yet.  Notice that there is a section on both Weimar Germany and also Nazi Germany.  It is worth familiarising yourself with how the exam is structured. By carefully reading page 1 and moving quickly to the sections that will apply to you (Germany and the Cold War), you are less likely to make a big mistake when it counts most.  Pay attention to the number of marks available for each of the questions.  Also have a look for the 'pencil sign' which indicates that you will also obtain marks for accurate spelling and Grammer.

Particularly useful is the mark scheme which you will find following the exam paper itself. This shows you what the examiner is looking for in increasing complexity. Even more useful is the exemplar answer written on the right hand side.