How to Tackle the OPCVL Question for IB History

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When considering the OPCVL question on the Paper 1 exam (worth 4 of the total 24 points) we must look at one specific historical document and refer to its origin, purpose, and content to determine what its values and limitations are to historians.

IB History Essay Body Paragraph, a Model

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, many of my students claim they have trouble writing history essays. Because the IB History assessment is essay-based—particularly the Paper 2 and Paper 3 (HL only)—learning how to compose historical arguments in well-developed prose paragraphs […]

Ingredients of the Ideal Body Paragraph of a History Essay

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) In no academic subject do students tend to mystify the processes of argumentative composition than History. Many of my students tell me that they like learning and thinking and talking about continuity and change over time, but they HATE writing about it. The […]

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