OIB Comparative Essay Practice

Many works of literature revolve around a journey, literal, figurative, or both—for example, from one place to another, from ignorance to knowledge, from self-centeredness to altruism.  Discuss how the journey theme enhances two works you have studied.

 

Goal: 5-6 “sides”

OIB essay practice “examens blancs”

Choose 2 of the 4. Write one essay today, and the other you will write tomorrow. You must use 2 works for each essay (and 4 works in total — different works for each essay). For poets and short stories, you may use 1-3 as one “work”

Reminder:

term: min 5-6 sides

should really try to get to 8

 

  1. Vivid and striking imagery can be an essential feature of literature. Referring to two works on your OIB syllabus, discuss how the writers use imagery in particularly effective ways, and to what ends
  2. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”  –Albert Einstein.  Discuss the ways in which knowledge may or may not be dangerous in two works you have read in your OIB curriculum.
  3. Literature often explores “the battle of the sexes.”  Paying close attention to the causes and consequences of gender conflict, discuss this theme in two works you have read.
  4. Many works of literature revolve around a journey, literal, figurative, or both—for example, from one place to another, from ignorance to knowledge, from self-centeredness to altruism.  Discuss how the journey theme enhances two works you have studied.

Send essay back for around 16h. 16h30 at the latest.

PREM OIB essays feedback

Capucine’s stellar OIB essay

Check out Capucine’s essay for an incredible example!!!

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Thel Mina does a really great job of always linking what is happening in the language/devices/style/what the author is “doing” to her thematic argument (how the language choices enhance a point, develop a theme — she always links language to meaning).

 

General comments:

Make sure your thesis and your essay refer to the main concepts asked of you in the question (and reguarly link back to these concepts/ remind us of the the main goal + point of  your argument)

Try to lengthen your essays a little more 🙂

 

T° HG Revision

Revision is essential to succeeding in an exam. You face two exams: the 4 hour written paper (4 June) and the 20 minute oral exam (10/11 June).

You must ensure you have notes for all of the key topics in the syllabus. Having comprehensive notes ensures you do not miss out on any major topics and additionally, rewriting them in your own words will further consolidate them in your mind.

There are different ways to revise depending on what type of learner you are:

Visual learners often benefit from visual content including pictures, diagrams and symbols across colour-coded notes, flashcards, posters, prezzis or PowerPoints.

Auditory learners benefit through making recordings of themselves reviewing a chapter and then listening back to these recordings. Watching the many videos posted on the HG blog is also a good method of revising for auditory and visual learners.

Tactile (kinesthetic) learners may revise better through group discussions (eg a zoom call) and the physical act of writing out study and revision notes.

Make sure you look at the Key Questions for each topic to focus your revision (and try writing practise responses) and look at the Examen Blancs you have done including the feedback PowerPoints so you understand what mistake(s) to avoid.

Above all don’t panic, try to have a plan so you allow enough time to revise each of the six themes.

Here is a summary of the entire syllabus including the obligatory reading which is a good way to absorb sophisticated analytical styles of writing:

Summary of T°OIB HG Programme+Reading

Here is a collection of all chapters, chapter summaries, learning objectives and Key Questions (which are used to create the exam questions – remember, another great way to revise is by making up your own exam questions) and Key Terms:

T° OIB Theme Outlines and Vocabulary

So, don’t forget to review the EXAMEN BLANC FEEDBACK POWERPOINT below to help you avoid mistakes and make sure you know what you are facing.

 

 

History Theme 3: Economic, Political and Social Challenges (1950-1991)

Chapter 1: International Economic and Geopolitical Challenges (please go to Google Drive for all resources)

On an international scale, this chapter deals with the economic and geopolitical challenges within the context of the end of the post-war economic boom beginning in the early 1970s.

These developments coincide with major political and economic transformations: the Iranian Revolution with a focus on the rise of different forms of political Islam and their impact, (including briefly the events of 9/11), the Reagan Revolution, Deng Xiaoping’s socialist market economy, the collapse of the Soviet Union confronted by pro-democracy movements, and developments in the European project with the transition from the EEC to the EU and the origin of the Maastricht Treaty (1992).

The Single European Act of 1986 was a Cold War project for European integration that set the stage for the deeper union envisioned by the architects of the EU at Maastricht for organizing Europe in the aftermath of the cold war.

In addition, topics dealt with here link to other chapters in the program, including China’s emergence as an international power, the Middle East and international politics, and the New Deal and its legacy.

Oil and Political Islam: Regional and Global Challenges 1973-1991

PowerPoint for this part of the chapter:

Oil and Polit Islam

Short video about the Nixon shock to the US economy in 1971 which led to the end of the Bretton Woods System established at the end of WW2:

Explanation of the 1973 oil crisis which brought an end to the 30 Glorious Year of economic growth between 1944 and 1974:

The Impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution:

Deng and Reagan: New Economic Directions, 1978-88

Ronald Reagan and Deng Xiaoping (plus Europe) are three models for addressing the economic challenges of the era, and particularly the economic decline and the rapid increase in globalization. China’s new economic approach underpins and accelerates China’s globalization ambitions in the 1980s and beyond. A study of Reagan’s efforts to dismantle the New Deal legacy is also an integral part of understanding the rise of conservatism dealt with in chapter two of this theme.

Overview PowerPoint for this part of the chapter:

Reagan and Deng Xiaoping

Link to article about the impact of Reagan on the USA:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1987/01/the-new-shape-of-american-politics/303363/

Link to article about the reforms made to China:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-01/40-years-of-reform-that-transformed-china-into-a-superpower/10573468

 

The Rise of the EU and the Fall of the USSR: A New European Balance of Power, 1970s -1991

The push for further European integration and enlargement and the persistence of cold war dynamics in Europe are parallel and related developments in this period. The transition from the EEC to the EU is also a useful historical reference for Theme 3 in Geography.

Overview PowerPoints about the EU and the end of the Cold War:

EU history Intro

End of Cold War

Video about the key Maastricht Treaty which created the EU and the so-called Three Pillar structure of the EU:

President Reagan’s speech on the Evil Empire:

President Reagan’s speech about tearing down the Berlin Wall:

The Berlin Wall and CheckPoint Charlie:

The end of the USSR:

 

Chapter 2: Domestic Challenges within the USA and France from the 1950s to 2001

This chapter explores the political, social and cultural transformations in France and the United States during a period characterized by significant reforms and new political debate and divisions over social issues. The focus is on social history – African American civil rights, the rise of feminism and the changing role and status of women, Gay Rights, and the continuing struggle for a more equal society. These social issues emerge in the context of the rise of conservatism and its backlash to the counterculture society in the United States starting in the 1960s through to the 1990s. An additional perspective is the impact of the war in Vietnam, which is essential to understanding divisions and change in American society.

PILLAR ONE: THE USA

USA AND FRANCE PILLAR ONE ACTIVITIES

Vietnam War impact on American society and politics.

The intersection of the anti-war protest movement, the emergence of a youth counterculture and evolution of the Black Civil Rights movement.

PowerPoint about the Media and Vietnam:

How_did_the_coverage_of_the_Vietnam_War_in_the_USA_lead_to_demands_for_peace

An older but still useful information sheet on why the USA got involved with Vietnam:

Why did the USA get involved worksheet

Civil Rights Movement(s).

Goals, methods, successes and resistance, violence, with emphasis on Black Civil Rights.

Overview PowerPoint for this topic:

Black Civil Rights Overviewa

 

Rise and evolution of conservatism.

The backlash to the promotion of a liberal social agenda (Johnson’s Great Society) in conjunction with civil rights legislation and radical protests of the 1960s and early 1970s (Could include Goldwater’s campaign, John Birch Society, Nixon’s Southern strategy, politicization of the religious right, organized anti-abortion, anti-ERA efforts).

PowerPoint about the election of JFK his ideas about the NEW FRONTIER and then LBJ and the GREAT SOCIETY initiative:

New FrontierGreat Society

Overview PowerPoint about the rise of Conservatism in the late 1960s:

Rise of Conservatism Goldwater and Nixon

 

PILLAR TWO: THE USA AND FRANCE

For these topics please go to the HISTORY THEME 3 CHAPTER 2 google drive folder:

1968 counterculture

Feminism and women’s rights

LGBTQ Rights

Pillar Two Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography Theme 3: Rural Spaces – TEXAS AMQ April/May 2021

Introduction to Theme 3:

The reconfiguration of rural spaces is characterized by the paradox of closer links between rural and urban areas whilst some rural areas at the same time are excluded and remain peripheral. The state of Texas presents dramatic contrasts between urban and rural spaces. The state is experiencing impressive population growth and immigration along the Mexican border while rural communities struggle to maintain public services.

Introduction PowerPoint for Theme 3

This is a useful starting point for key ideas in this theme including the differing importance of rural areas in national economies, the concept of the urban-rural continuum and an understanding of rural fragmentation and rural gentrification:

Geog Theme 3 Overview

PowerPoint for the Texas Case Study:

The cornerstone of this theme is a case study of rural Texas, here is the PowerPoint:

Texas Overview

Resource booklet for Rural Areas in Texas:

Corpus of documents – Case Study TEXAS

Annotated Map Question (AMQ) for this chapter – this is the major piece of work for this theme:

Texas AMQ

Copy of blank map to print out and draw your own annotated map on to answer question7:

Texas Base Map

An example Map of Rural Change and Challenges in Texas which you can use to create your own map (with around 12 symbols in the legend) – don’t try and copy it all that is not the objective of the exercise!

Map of Texas – Change and Challenge Rural Areas

HELP FOR TEXAS AMQ METHODOLOGY (use colouring pencils please). This document is really important preparation for AMQs in the OIB Bac exam:

Methodology for TEXAS AMQ