How to Tackle the OPCVL Question for IB History

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By Jonathan Wilson (History, English Literature, English Language, TOEFL, IELTS, English Builder, ESOL at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone, this is Jon again, English and History tutor here at The Edge. It’s been a while since we last looked at History for the IB, so I wanted to look at the second question on the Paper […]

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 […]

The Cold War Was Hot When It Was Young

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History at The Edge Learning Center) If you’re an IB History student studying the “Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries” for a World History Paper 2 topic, you’ll need to know a lot about the geopolitical awkwardness of superpowers that green-lit arms races, shape-shifted culture, catalyzed countless proxy conflicts, […]

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