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How did West German textbooks tell the story of Germany's role in WWII, including the Holocaust? |

How did West German textbooks tell the story of Germany’s role in WWII, including the Holocaust?

| March 23, 2016




***Don’t throw away any of the marked papers that I hand back.  You must turn them all in when you submit your Final Paper on Monday April 6****


–I suggest that you set up a separate section in your notebook for ALL things that relate to the IA.  (Your research notes; articles you’ve printed out; handouts from me; marks & feedback; etc.)


–IB rubric for the History Internal Assessment can be found at the link below.  (It is also linked on my webpage) Please read it carefully.  This page also has student samples and the marks (and comments) they received.



–Word Limit: 2000.  Points are deducted for going over.  Citations and title sections do not count against your word limit.


— Don’t forget to create a title page with your name, word count, candidate id, my name, and course name.  The title is the same as the research question.


— This paper is 20% of your IB grade for this class.  A good score on this paper will “bank”  for you a goodly number of points, and can even overcome a poor score on Paper 1, Paper 2, or Paper 3.


— The rest of your IB grade in History is distributed as follows:


Paper 1 (20%):  DBQ on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1945-1979)

Four short-answer/structured questions

(1 hour)


Paper 2 (25%): Two extended-response/essay questions, each chosen from a different topic out of the Five Core Topics. (The topics we are covering in this class are in Italics): Causes, practices, and effects of war; Democratic states– challenges and responses; Origins and development of authoritarian and single-party states; Nationalist and independence movements in Africa and Asia, and post- 1945 Central and Eastern European states; The Cold War

(1 hour, 30 min)


Paper 3 (35%): Three extended-response/essay questions on key historical events that took place in Canada, the United States, and Latin America from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

(2 hours, 30 min)

  • DEADLINES!!!!!!!!

***Even if a deadline doesn’t fall on a day that you come to my class, you are still responsible for getting the assignment in on time.  Feel free to put assignments in the folder on the outside of my door***


  1. Due Monday, January 4:

Section A – PLAN of INVESTIGATION (roughly 150-200 words)

(How will this research question be answered, and why bother answering it?)

In this section, tell what your paper will be about, and tell your readers the SPECIFIC WAYS you will get the answer to your research question.  Don’t say “I will go to the library and look at books” or “I will conduct research.”  Such statements are not METHODS.


Some useful phrases:

“I will consult various sources– both primary and secondary– looking for … to determine ….”


“Census records/GDP data/Voting records/ etc….. from the country of….. in the years … should reveal some relevant information about….”


“A close look at diplomatic correspondence between…..will help me determine……”


“With newspaper accounts from both the United States and the USSR, I can gauge the public reaction…” etc.


“Statistics of library card ownership can shed light on the literacy rate…”


“Soviet and East German propaganda such as newspaper articles…”


“I will look at newspaper reports from countries such as…..”   or “I will see what historians have noticed about trends in….”


“Letters and diary entries from contemporaries in the countries of …. will help me determine….”



In the sample IA (in the handouts I gave you), the student mentions the 2 works from Section C in the second paragraph of Section A.  But the instructor at the last IB training I went to said that you DON’T need to mention them in Section A at all.  I suggest that you use the space to FULLY EXPLAIN your METHODS and the SCOPE of your study.  You should also mention why a question like yours is important to answer.


  1. Due in class on Friday, February 5 (hard copy only):

Section B – SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE (roughly 500-600 words)

(Like Joe Friday says: “Just the facts, ma’am.”)

This section is the most like a traditional, survey-course type research paper.  Section B is a straightforward “plot summary.”  Simply present the facts of your story. I know it will be difficult to hold off on analyzing these facts as you’re presenting them, but you must.  All analysis should be saved for section D.


[IF YOUR WORD COUNT is getting too close to 2000, or is in danger of going over, IB says that you can present Section B in bullet form.  But for the assignment on February 5, I want it written as a regular, narrative essay.  If you need to condense it to bullets later, you can.]


  1. Due Friday, February 19 (hard copy only):

Section D – Analysis (roughly 500- 600 words)

Section D is where you “think it all out,” on paper.  This section is a lot like your Causes of WWI essay, wherein you synthesized all the evidence (DBQ primary sources, class texts, your 2 authors, peers’ authors, Grenville, etc.) and came to your own conclusions about what went wrong in the summer of 1914.


DON’T introduce any new information in this section.  Any facts that are going to be analyzed here should have already been mentioned in Section B.  But Section D is a good place to put details such as pertinent quotes from primary sources or historians. (Don’t forget to cite them.)

****ALSO DUE ON THIS DAY: The (final) titles of the 2 sources you’ll discuss in Section C****


  1. Due Monday, February 29 (via hard copy):

Sections E & F

Section E – Conclusion (roughly 150-200 words)

This is where you finally answer the research question.  I would start with a brief, one-paragraph summary of Sections B & D, then spend the last paragraph answering the research question, once and for all.  Finally, you should close with a line or two about why this subject is significant or important to study.


Also DUE on Monday, February 29:


Section F – List of Sources

You should consult around 8 sources (at least), two of which you will evaluate in Section C.  A MAJORITY of your sources should be print sources that are either books or academic journal articles. (Keep website sources to an absolute minimum— like, no more than 3.  And check with the JI Media Center for guidelines on evaluating websites, if you must use them.  No encyclopedia, including Wikipedia, should EVER be cited in a research paper.)


Here is a list of the Top 20 academic journals for History:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/top-20-journals-in-history/414798.article  )

Most, if not all, of these journals should have published at least a few articles that will help you.  Be sure to check with Dr. Ball or Ms. Crumpton in the Media Center, because the school may already have or be able to obtain free access to some of these “subscription only” sites.  A lot of these sites may be accessible through DISCUS. etc., and the Media Center staff can also help you with that.

**Articles from these sources, or sources like these,  count as “print,” even though you may have accessed them digitally.**


  1. Due Monday, March 7 (hard copy only):

Section C – Evaluation of Sources (roughly 400-500 words)

This section is almost the same assignment that you had for the WWI seminar– but in written form.  Section C is like its own separate paper, since its purpose is NOT to help answer your research question, but to evaluate 2 of the non-internet sources in your Section F.  This section usually takes students the longest, which is why it’s the last deadline.  Most of the Internal Assessment examples that IB provides have BOOKS analyzed in this section.  However, it may be acceptable to analyze an academic journal article as one of the sources.  (Sources for section C MUST be approved beforehand.)


The key to performing well in this section is remembering the true meaning of the word evaluation.  You are to discuss the theses of the two chosen works, and analyze how (and how well) these hypotheses were supported by the authors. Discuss the quality of the authors’ sources and evidence and make a judgment as to the VALUE (eVALUation) of each book.  (The value to historians/history students, that is.)


*** NOTE: You are NOT evaluating how useful the sources were to you in doing your paper, but how useful they are in determining the truth of what happened in the historical event(s) you are exploring in your paper.***


  1. COMPLETE DRAFT Due Monday, March 14 (hard copy only):


Notes on readying your Complete Draft:

Re-write all of the sections that you have submitted, improving it according to your own tastes and additional research, but also taking into account the feedback that you’ve gotten from me.  Put all the sections together into one paper, according to the format of the IA as discussed at www.ibo.org.


  1. FINAL PAPER DUE: Monday, April 4, 2016 (hard copy only)

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