Category Archives: IB Contemporary History

Congratulations, IB History Students!

The results are in. All students who tested in IB history SL and HL passed the exams. Thank you for all your hard work. It has been a pleasure to teach diligent students who are enthusiastic about history. I wish the best for all of you, and well done.

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RedEye Study Sessions for IB!

For all juniors testing out SL and for the seniors, I will be at the RedEye available to answer specific questions on Thursday May 9 and Tuesday May 13 from 3:30-5:30. I will also be at the RedEye on Saturday from 2:00-4:00. I do ask that a plurality of students attend each session–please email a confirmation.

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Junior CAS Updates

I hope your spring semester is going well as you prepare for your IB and AP exams. As you complete your 3-4 hours of CAS each week, don’t forget that the time allotment includes planning and reflection. Also, don’t forget to complete the reflection sheets and supervisor evaluation forms as soon as an activity is over. Our end of year CAS check will be here before you know it. I will be doing the meetings in my classroom, Room 523, after school May 19-27. Be sure to bring your up-to-date CAS portfolio. See you then!

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Article for Tomorrow’s IB Contemporary History Discussion

Here is a link to the article for tomorrow’s discussion. Make sure you understand the different arguments presented in the article, and that you have read thoroughly. Please, also review the relevant sections on Reagan, Gorbachev, and the end of the Cold War in Ambrose and Gaddis.

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/age-reagan/essays/ronald-reagan-and-end-cold-war-debate-continues

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HL History Topics for 2014-2015

I am pleased to announce the results of the vote for the topics we will study in the HL class this coming academic year. Topic 5 received 14 votes, topic 3 received 13 votes, and topic 9 received 9 votes. In the vote for the alternate topic, topic 6 received 6 votes. Therefore, next year’s curriculum will be as follows:

I. United States Civil War: causes, course and effects 1840-77 (1st-2nd nine weeks)
II. Emergence of the Americas in Global Affairs 1880-1929 (2nd nine weeks)
III. Political developments in the Americas after the Second World War 1945-79 (3rd nine weeks)
IV. The Mexican Revolution (3rd-4th nine weeks)

I am really looking forward to teaching these topics, and I think we will see a great deal of good reading and a high level of discussion next year.

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Extended Essay Materials for Juniors

As the juniors were briefed on the extended essay today, I just uploaded my guidelines, timeline, and EE agreement on my website: https://sites.google.com/site/mrharringtonsclassroom/home/extended-essays

Please review these relevant materials completely before asking me to serve as your advisor. I do require that my advisees take at least the first year of the IB History course sequence. I also require original research, meaning primary sources and archival materials (if accessible.)

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IB Contemporary History Class Tomorrow: Status Quo

As the question has recently arisen, this is a reminder that the terms and questions are still due, and the term quiz will still be given tomorrow in the IB Contemporary History class.

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