International School History - International Baccalaureate - MYP History

MYP4 Last update - 28 January 2018  
Unit 2 - Early Modern - Social being and consciousness: do ideas change the world?
Key Questions, Words and Skills Lesson material Additional materials and external links
Why was the development and growth of medieval towns so important?

Does social being determine consciousness or does consciousness determine social being?

Key concepts: change, continuity, Marxism, guild, bourgeoisie, apprenticeship, masterpiece, charter,

Key skill: factual recall


Lesson 1 - Towns in the late Middle Ages.


Could women take part in medieval guilds? Article.

Apprenticeship - Being a teenager in medieval Europe. BBC article.

Names and occupations - is your name derived from a job in the medieval ages? (multilingual website)
Image for Revolutionary Paris
Dan Snow video looks at filthy medieval London.



What was the contribution of outside influence to European development in the Middle Ages?

Key concepts: Ethnography, Islam, crusade, Arabic numerals, heliocentric, Byzantine, silk road, Renaissance.

Key skill: source analysis, revision note design.


Lesson 2 - The impact of Islam


BBC documentary on the beauty of medieval maps.

History Channel drama documentary on the Crusades.
A video series which forms the basis of many of the short extracts shown in the last couple of lessons. Professor Robert Bartlett explores different aspects of medieval life.

BBC Bitesize on the Medieval Islamic world.

What were the causes and consequences of the Black death?

Key concepts: short and long-term consequences,  bubonic and pneumonic plague, pandemic, labour service, serfdom, revolt.

Key skill: Source analysis


Lesson 3 - The Black Death and Peasants' Revolt.



BBC on Black Death and Peasants' Revolt

Short essay on the Black Death by Dr Mike Ibeji.

Return of the Black Death, an interesting recent documentary examining the discovery of Black death skeletons in 2010 in London.

Medieval Apocalypse, another dramatic documentary.

Why did Europeans conquer America and not the other way around?

Key concepts: proselytising, Columbian exchange, stocks and shares, conquistador, environmental determinism.

Key skill: Historical interpretation.


Lesson 4 - Columbus and the consequences


Jared Diamond's full documentary series on Guns, Germs and Steel.

BBC documentary on the first circumnavigation.

Documentary - What did the Chinese do for us? (and before us)

Key concepts: perspective, humanism, scholasticism, accident and substance, heliocentric, paradigm shift,

Key skill: Compare and contrast

Lesson 5 - The Renaissance: more than the Italian painters  

Key concepts: heresy, Schism, teleology, nepotism.

Key skill: Causation: Long and short term.

Lesson 6 - The Reformation - Causes

Tristam Hunt's four part BBC documentary series of the revolutionary consequences of the Protestant Reformation.

PBS Empires two part documentary

History Channel documentary

End of Unit Assessment

This end of unit assessment will also be the formal January history exam.


Mid-Year Exams Assessment - e-Assessment Revision Guide

MYP criteria:
A: Knowing and understanding
C: Communicating
D: Thinking critically

Winter Exam 2018


Fling the teacher quiz of 30 key dates and a special quiz for Annick
Walk the plank, fling the teacher and penalty shootout on names and places.



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