International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 29 June 2014 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
S6 Four Hour History - Revision Summer Exams
Get some general revision advice to begin with. I wrote this 'top 10 tips' for IB students a few years ago and much of what I say applies to you. Similarly the great John D Clare wrote these detailed guidelines for his English GCSE historians.
In Year 6 the exam is three periods long, in Year 7 it is four periods The exam is divided into two sections. In the first section you will be expected to analyse 5 sources, in the second section you will write an essay.

The sources

In Year 6 Summer 2013 the topic for the source analysis is The Causes of World War II.
The paper will be four questions just as you have been taught to prepare.

S6 4hr History Summer Exam - Past papers and markschemes

2010 - Examination and markscheme
2011 - Examination and markscheme
2012 - Examination and markscheme
2013 - Examination and markscheme

The first question checks your comprehension of key terms and your ability to understand and interpret the sources.

In the second question you will be expected to compare and contrast two of the sources. This means you should identify similarities and differences between the sources, where they agree and disagree.

The third question asks you to evaluate the usefulness of two sources. You do not need to compare the sources but rather consider how useful the sources are in helping us to find out about the past. You need to identify strengths and weaknesses of both sources. For example, the source may be very relevant to question we are considering but it might not be very reliable. The three Rs model should remind you of the sort of things you need to consider.

The usefulness of sources

This section of the website provides a detailed examination of the usefulness of the most popular types of source found in examination.

Finally, you will asked to use all the sources and your own knowledge to answer an essay style question. The question will be contentious, something that will invite discussion. It is likely to be only partly true. Your job is to use the sources - making sure to refer to them in your answer - and use your own knowledge to support your answer. This is an opportunity to show what you know in addition to the information contained in the five sources.

The essays

You will write one essay from a choice of three
The topics are:

1. Hitler's Germany
2. The USA in the 1920s and 1930s
3. Stalin's Russia.

My top 5 tips on how to write an essay.

The knowledge

Test your factual knowledge in this quiz that covers all the work covered in the second semester.
With 82 possible questions, you will be asked 20 random questions every time with only 10 seconds to answer.


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