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November exams are closing up, students who will take the May exam are waiting for those exams to be published in the IB resources and overall everyone is alarmed to make perfect (the eternal goal) on their exams. In this article I’ll guide you through what History papers are and how you can practice on these. 

(Disclaimer: History Paper 1 & 2 are the same for both HL and SL students but if you are a HL student you’ll have one more exam , Paper 3.)

Paper 1 is a one hour long exam where you’ll be doing 4 questions about 4 sources. By sources it is meant that either visual or text piece that gives historical knowledge, these are usually works done by historians or primary resources. 

Question 1 (5 marks)

1a – This part is a reading comprehension where you’ll be given a text source and required to answer the question ‘‘What is the message of this source?/What is this source trying to say?’’ This part is worth 3 points so try to formulate three different points. 

Phrases you can use: The first point the source is making/the first reason given by the source… The second is…  The third is…

Tip: Try to paraphrase the statements in the text. Turn names into verbs and verbs into names, don’t overdo it but also don’t lose time trying to summarize the text by yourself. What is required of you is just the message, not a summary or a background information paragraph.

1b – This time your historical understanding of an image or a cartoon would be tested. You again need to write about the message of the source. You need to write two separate points by showing image evidence. 

Tip: Sizes of the characters matter! For example there is an image of a sheriff holding a person, the sheriff might look like the person in charge but if the person he is holding is drawn bigger than him, maybe there is a catch there. Sizes, facial expressions, colours and shadows can have hidden messages behind it, try to see what is not shown apparently.

Question 2 (4 marks)

Second question needs you to analyze the source according to its O (Origin) , P (Purpose) , V (Value),  L (Limitations). 

Phrase: The origin of the present source is … (-> name the source type here) by…(-> author) from the year… . The content of the text source thematizes…The text source/excerpt is addressed to private persons / the public / posterity / rulers…. The intention of the source is… . This source is valuable because….. . This source is limited because….. . 

Tip: When writing about the value or limitation don’t generalize according to the text type. For example you have an interview as a source, don’t say that it may reflect an insight into contemporary opinions held, instead try to reflect on the context. Interpret what can be done better historical knowledge-wise. Are this person’s answers biased? That can be a limitation. Are this person’s answers giving specific information that isn’t known by the public? That can be a value. 

These questions might guide you while writing the analysis. 

Question 3  (6 marks)

After analyzing the source looking only at the facts such as author, aim etc. it is time to clash two sources together. We are going to compare and contrast two sources context-wise and determine a winner (that was a bad joke, we are not going to do that).

Start by writing summarizing 1-2 sentences about the context of the sources, then: 

1st Paragraph – Compare the similarities

  • Both authors share the idea that …
  • Source A states that ….  Source B also mentions that …. 
  • Source A discusses …. Source B focuses on ….

2nd Paragraph – Contrast the differences 

  • The author of source A emphasizes …, while the author of source B emphasizes ….
  • Both sources differ with respect to …
  • Thus, the author of source A points out that …, while the author of source B writes …

Tip: You should NOT address the sources separately. Don’t explain the first source in one paragraph and then the second one in another. You need to run the analysis simultaneously, if you are stating what source A explains, the next sentence should be about how source B has something similar or different to it. Your main aim is to show that you can understand what is being said in both sources and then have the capacity to evaluate them with respect to each other. 

Question 4 (9 marks)

In the fourth question you are asked to write a mini essay where you need to use your own historical knowledge and the given source. Usually it follows:

Introduction:

  • Introduction to the topic and the question
  • Clarification of the relevance of the topic
  • Repetition of the question

In the following, using the four sources and my own knowledge and conclusions, I will describe and analyze (topic). If one looks more closely at the given sources, then one understands why (thesis). 

OR you can just start by explaining the historical context. 

Body Paragraphs: 

In body paragraphs at least two argumentations are needed. You are required to mention two sources, but you can cite the four sources given in the previous parts. But how can you do this ‘‘argumentation’’ every teacher goes crazy about? It has three basic elements:

  • Thesis 
  • Reference to the source  
  • Explanation by the historical context 

For example

Thesis: The goal of the National Party was to separate the nation.

Explain your thesis with an example from the source: This is particularly evident from Source X, which describes the government’s rigorous legal measures…From X, it is also apparent that…Thus, [author name/origin of source] describes…

Mini Conclusion: Ultimately, the government actions highlighted above illustrate how the

entire public life was characterized by strict racial segregation.

Conclusion:

This is the part where we wrap up and finish the whole exam for good. I can hear you say ‘‘FINALLY!’’ and I couldn’t agree more. Writing a conclusion is relatively simple, summarize the results you come up with your analysis and mention how you come up with this result. Then come back to your initial question and answer this with the help of your body paragraphs. 

Consequently, it can be stated that … / Thus, in summary, it can be said that … / In conclusion, it can be said that …

To be continued with Paper 2…..

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By Procrastination November 25, 2011 in History

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The purpose of this thread is to introduce you to Paper 1, the Source Paper. Whether you are taking Standard Level or a Higher Level examination makes no difference as, rather unusually, the sources and questions are the same for both examinations. The reason why I'm doing this is that I've came to notice there's a lot of people here in IBS which don't really understand what's required for this paper.

There are three Prescribed Subjects assessed in Paper 1:

  • Peacemaking, Peacekeeping – International Relations 1918–36
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945–79
  • Communism in Crisis 1976–8

For each Prescribed Subject there will usually be four written sources and one visual or table-based source. The length of the written sources does not have to be equal, but they will be approximately 750 words in total (including attribution). A variety of sources will probably be used, taken from a selection of contemporary and more recent material. There should be some background information about the writer (e.g. Professor of United States History at Yale; A Russian journalist). In some cases the sources might have been edited and ellipses (usually seen as three dots – …) will be used when three or more lines of text are deleted. In some sources, alternative words will be placed in brackets, if a word is seen as particularly difficult, e.g. ‘belligerent’ [warlike]. Remember that you can use a simple translating dictionary in many IB examinations and you should ask your IB coordinator if you are entitled to have one.

When answering a source paper in IB History, you are essentially comparing and contrasting sources against each other to arrive at a conclusion, which you can justify. In simple terms, you are being an historian.

Types of Sources:

When analyzing sources, the simplest means are often the best. Try using the ‘five question’ approach, also known as the ‘five Ws’:

  • Who wrote the source or produced it? Origin
  • When? (Origin)
  • Where? (Again, origin)
  • Why? (Purpose)
  • For whom? Who was the intended audience of the source? (Purpose)

Photographs:

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One of the most common non-textual sources in IB source examinations is the cartoon. This type of source can be challenging to understand. Cartoons refer to something that was current at the time, and if you do not know the context of the cartoon and the events or people to which it refers, then you may not be able to understand its message. Cartoons tend to oversimplify the events they are describing, so may not explain the full reality of events.

Finally, of course, cartoonists use symbols to represent the characters or countries they havedrawn. For example, what does this image represent?

I think we all agree it represents the soviet union right? Another example would be the grim reaper carrying a scythe to represent death. Guys, in the examination the most probable thing is that we will face some symbols that are not really as easy as understand so yeah, basically, be ready.

Posters and Graphs:

The most important details about these sources are who made them and for what purpose , although the ‘five question’ approach can also be used. There are many different types of poster: election campaign posters, announcements of concerts or events, propaganda posters, military recruitment posters and so on. Students are sometimes surprised to see statistics and graphs in a history source examination, but it is perfectly appropriate to include this type of source, particularly when dealing with any economic theme. Maps and paintings occur very rarely in the Source Paper, but there is no reason why they could not appear. Maps, in particular, can be used to make a political point rather than simply express a geographical reality. Ask the ‘five questions’ and be careful when analyzing a map.

Textual Sources:

Textual sources are simply too numerous to list, but the most common ones used in IB History source examinations are books, letters, treaties, diaries, newspapers, magazine articles, diplomatic documents, telegrams, written records of interviews, poetry and speeches. In all cases, the introductory lines at the beginning of the source will give you all the information you need to analyze it. Use the ‘five question’ approach. Do not make comments saying that a source has been translated and therefore we do not know if the translation is accurate. Rarely is this a useful comment to make. Nor should you write that, as it is an extract from a source, we do not have access to the entire source and this is a limitation. Neither of these comments is likely to receive credit.

Types of Exam Questions :

Questions 1a and 1b:

These two parts will be worth a maximum of 5 marks together. Remember that there are 25 marks for this paper and 60 minutes to answer the questions. This means that somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes should be spent on these two parts of Question 1. These questions are intended for you to show your knowledge and understanding of the sources.

Question 2:

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Question 3:

This question is worth 6 marks. ? The wording of Question 3 will be something like this: ‘With reference to their origin and purpose, what are the value and limitations of Source A and Source C for historians studying the policies of Gamal Al Nasser. This question is intended for you to show your synthesis and evaluation of the sources.

Question 4:

It is worth 8 marks. The wording of Question 4 will be something like this: ‘Using these sources and your own knowledge analyze the importance of the Italian invasion of Abyssinia for international relations between 1934 and 1936.’ This question is intended for you to show your knowledge, understanding, synthesis and evaluation of the sources. Kind of a mini essay.

This was kind of a brief summary on what you should expect and be prepared to encounter in Paper 1 guys, study study study study study. I hope it was helpful!

Bibliography:

  • History for the International Baccalaureate. Paper 1. Pearson.
  • Brian A. Pavlac. 2006. Sources
  • http://intensecogita...e-history-notes

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Thank you so much! This helped a lot! sorta new on this website. :3

I was wondering though, for question 3, how should we write it? (structure)

What i mean is that my teacher said that we should write 2 seperate paragraphs, one for similarities and one for differences...something like that instead of writing "Text a views x however text b views y" and so on...

And for question 4, she said we shouldn't have an intro (like in an essay) we should jump right down (get to the point) and start writing on the sources and our knowledge. Is that recommended?

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Thanks!! This is pretty helpful. I just have a question about Question number 2. How many compare and contrast do you recommend to write? My teacher said 2 compare and 2 contrast is save but if we write 2 compare and then 1 contrast (or the other way around) then it's good enough, too. But my new teacher said that we have to write 6 in total to get full marks....

I'll hopefuly start IB this summer and after reading this I just got a lot more respect for History HL..

How do you manage this in 60 minutes?

At my usual Non-IB school we had 70 minutes for like half of this questions:/

I'll hopefuly start IB this summer and after reading this I just got a lot more respect for History HL.. How do you manage this in 60 minutes? At my usual Non-IB school we had 70 minutes for like half of this questions:/

You just have to divide up your time accordingly depending on what the question's asking you to do.

Before the exam, you get 5 minutes of reading time to look over anything you want. I'd suggest you spend this time reading your sources so as soon as you're allowed to write, you can begin without having to waste time reading anything.

Question 1: This is mostly comprehension, ideally this should take you only around 5 minutes to do.

Question 2: This is asking for a comparison and contrast. Maybe 10-15 minutes or so?

Question 3: This is your OPVL. This should take about 10 minutes.

Question 4: This is the mini-essay. You should spend the most amount of time here as it is worth the most amount of marks. You should leave at least a half-hour for this, and if you've found that you answered one of the other questions quickly you get even more time to spend on this section.

So 5 minutes + 15 + 10 + 30 = one hour. Which is the allocated time for this paper.

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"Communism in Crisis 1976–8" should read " Communism in Crisis 1976–89" but great guide! Thanks!

Matsu

Great guide, super helpful

In the compare and contrast question should I do this both compare and contrasts both sources in the same paragraph or in 1 paragraph I talk about one source and in other paragraph the other? what does 'pararell compare and contrast' mean?

I wouldn't recommend doing either. Talking all about one source in one paragraph and then all about the other in the other won't score well. Typically the best approach is to identify several points that they're similar or different on. You don't need to have the same number of similarities as differences, especially for a compare and contrast question, but I'd aim to identify at least four points to discuss. Mention point of interest 1, and then state what the first source says about that point and then state what the second source says. So for example if I was doing a paper 1 and the question was something like "compare and contrast Source 1 and Source 2's opinions of Stalin's policies" and Source 1 said that his policies helped a lot and Source 2 said that everyone was dying and it was awful, I would write something like "Both sources also discuss Stalin's policy. Source 1 states that his policies were beneficial because the source states that "______." On the other hand, Source 2 disagrees and says that they were detrimental, stating that "______." This can be done in one big paragraph, or you could break it up if they disagreed on some things and agreed on others. You don't obviously have to mirror this approach, but discussing the sources separately isn't a good idea!

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Bookmarked this because this is so helpful.

Read through it and honestly best guide! my teacher couldnt have explained anything better.

Thanks once again!!

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On 11/24/2011 at 4:15 PM, Procrastination said: Over time the reasons why photographs have been taken have changed. In the 19th century they were used to record an event, or document how someone looked, almost as if the photograph was a portrait painted by an artist. In many of these photographs the subjects have been posed and, whether we realize it or not, when we know that we are being photographed we change our behaviour or our posture. If, in a photograph, everyone is looking at the camera you can be almost certain that this has been staged. You must remember that the person taking the photograph is not neutral and has a particular reason for taking it. Why is the particular photograph above being taken? What is the photographer trying to convey to the intended audience? What is surprising to IB examiners is the number of times in IB source examinations students write that what a photograph depicts is an accurate representation of the events it is recording. The context of where and when a photograph is taken must also be taken into account when analyzing it. There have always been, and always will be, countries that censor what is published in newspapers or books to rewrite history. Just take a look to the way people use photoshop to manipulate photos right now! However, despite their obvious limitations, photographs do have tremendous value for historians in that they can document particular events better than many other sources. A picture of, for example, Hiroshima in August 1945 after the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city powerfully communicates to the world the devastation and destruction of the city.  

wow i really enjoy this!

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What would you recommend for number of paragraphs for the essay question? 

On 5/7/2018 at 4:45 AM, eeebeee said: What would you recommend for number of paragraphs for the essay question? 

It really depends on the question. However, most of the time, I would usually stick with 3 body paragraphs (sometimes 4 if I have extra time left) coupled with the introduction and conclusion. 

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Taking a practice IB History exam before the actual exam will help you familiarize yourself with the length, style and format of the test. In this guide, we explain the IB History test format and link to the best past papers available . At the end, I'll explain how best to use these IB History past papers for your studying.

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The IB History course was completely revamped in 2017. Now, there are five prescribed subjects:

  • Military leaders
  • Conquest and its impact
  • The move to global war
  • Rights and protest
  • Conflict and intervention

Your teacher will choose one that you'll cover, and you'll be tested on this for paper 1 (one hour in length).

There is also a list of twelve world history topics. For paper 2 (1.5 hours), you'll cover two of these:

  • Society and economy (750-1400)
  • Causes and effects of medieval wars (750-1500)
  • Dynasties and rulers (750-1500)
  • Societies in transition (1400-1700)
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  • Authoritarian states (20 th century)
  • Causes and effects of 20 th -century wars
  • The Cold War: superpower tensions and rivalries (20 th century)

For students taking IB History HL, they'll have a final paper (paper 3) that is 2.5 hours and will cover one of the four Depth Studies:

  • History of Africa and the Middle East
  • History of the Americas
  • History of Asia and Oceania
  • History of Europe

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The best source for up-to-date IB History past papers is the IBO store . To find them, search "history exam paper." Each paper and each mark scheme cost about $3 for older tests or $4 for more recent tests. That means a full test's worth will cost you about $12-$16 for SL or $18-$24 for HL. (While the IBO site has a sample SL/HL paper 2 available for free , it's from November 2005, predating the most recent syllabus updates.)

Currently, the IB store has papers from 2011 through 2018, but we recommend only purchasing papers from May 2017 tests or later, as those are the exams that match the new syllabus. Be sure to check not just the test date but also the depth-study area for each exam paper and mark scheme you purchase to make sure they match up—you wouldn't want to purchase a History of Asia and Oceania exam paper but a History of Europe mark scheme!

Additionally, we've found these IB History past papers available for you to study from. They are from 2017 and follow the same format as current IB History exams, so you can be sure they'll be close to what you actually see for your own paper. Because they're not on the official IB site, however, we urge you to use these with caution.

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Old IB History Papers (Pre-2017)

These papers are before the IB History course was revamped in 2017 , so the topics the papers cover won't be exactly what you see for your course. However, these can still be a useful way to get a better sense of the kinds of papers you'll see for IB History and the types of information you'll be expected to know.

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Because the test was revamped fairly recently, there aren't as many examples of past papers available. Having said that, IB Resources has the most—and best—examples of recent past IB History papers. Check out the Individuals & Societies section of the website to find the history papers you're looking for. 

One big caveat: these papers aren't vetted, so the quality will vary greatly. Make sure you don't use these as your  only  IB prep sources! 

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How to Use IB History Past Papers

Each full IB History practice exam will take you 2.5 hours for SL or 5 hours for HL, so you need to get the most out of each test. Below are some pointers for your practice.

Tip 1: Take Papers 1 and 2 Consecutively (If Possible)

For both IB History SL and HL, papers 1 and 2 are administered one after the other, requiring you to maintain your concentration and testing stamina for 2.5 hours. Part of practicing for the test means building up your testing endurance so that you're not making careless errors or losing focus towards the end of the tests.

IB History HL includes a third, 2.5-hour paper administered on a second day of testing, which you should also try to match in your practice schedule. Having a test spread out over multiple days means that you can't just cram and then immediately forget everything after you've finished papers 1 and 2; you'll need to practice retaining information even after the 2.5-hour slog of the first day's papers 1 and 2.

If you don't have time in your schedule for a full 2.5-hour session (or for two 2.5-hour sessions two days in a row for HL), then splitting papers 1 and 2 up over multiple days is OK. Just make sure that in your studying you follow this next tip:

Tip 2: Time Yourself on Each Paper

You must get used to the timing pressures of this exam. The time allowed per paper is:

IB History SL

  • Paper 1—1 hour
  • Paper 2—1 hour 30 minutes

IB History HL

  • Paper 3—2 hour 30 minutes

Don't give yourself extra time. If you do, you will not figure out your pacing for the real exam and will likely score higher than you actually will the day of the test. I want these practice exams to give you an accurate picture of your actual test score.

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Tip 3: Review Your Mistakes!

When you complete your exam (end of Paper 2 for SL or end of Paper 3 for HL), check every mistake. If you skip this step, you will not learn from your errors, and you'll keep making them.

You need to take at least an hour reviewing your exam. I know this may seem like a lot of time, but you want quality practice. If you only end up taking two practice tests with detailed review, you will be better prepared than if you took six tests with no review.

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What the hell is ib history ia, history ia rubric & pointers, finalizing your ib history ia topic, steps for effective research, different components of the history ia, identification & analysis of sources, investigation, introduction, critical analysis, sample ib history ia topics.

Being an exploratory subject, History has often worried IB students because it covers everything from World History to Depth studies as a part of the IB Diploma Programme course.

IB History IA is a whole different world of historical investigation that students generally struggle with!

The IB has introduced the IB History IA to help students inquire and get hands-on experience exploring the world we live in, especially in the context of our past. Through the History IA investigation, IB expects students to develop the skills of analytical inquiry and achieve the goal of the  IB DP History course.

But that doesn’t solve the trouble.

Starting with one’s IB History, IA is one hurdle; completing it successfully is another!

Understanding the various facets of this investigation, doing the relevant research, and assembling the findings in an organized manner only to reflect on one’s work, takes more than just articulate planning.

It would help if you had a comprehensive guide to help you select, strategize, investigate and execute in the easiest way possible.

You are at the right place because this article covers everything from IB IA History rubrics to some select topics to get you going on your journey.

We present the ultimate IB History IA guide to help you score a perfect 7!

Before we start, you should check out the premium  IB History HL Notes  offered by Nail IB that cover not only past years’ papers but also curated guides on how to nail your Extended Essays and Internal Assessments. There is no way you should miss out on this premium content!

Also, we have several  sample IB History IAs  that will add value to your work and help you nail your investigation. Do check them out on the go!

But before delving deeper, let’s go through the contents of this article and help you get a clear idea of what this guide offers you:

The IB defines History as a dynamic subject that helps engage with the past strongly. It revolves around historical events of significance and encourages learning about their causation and the changes these events affected. IB History Diploma Programme presents History in terms of the following aspects - 

To get more clarity on the purpose and aim of the discipline, go through  the  information provided about the IB DP History Course by the International Baccalaureate itself. 

The IB History course aims to enhance students’ historical skills and develop a sense of international-mindedness. Through the History IA, IB expects you to critically explore the past with your learned skills.  

A historical investigation on a topic of interest needs to be done by both HL and SL students.

While the IA makes for 25% of the final IB score of History SL, the weightage is 20% for History HL

A few of the advantages of this historical investigation are -

  • Helps interpret and understand historical documents and resources
  • Helps get a better understanding of the world around us and is of great benefit for students looking forward to taking History or related fields up at university.

Now that we know what the IB History IA is for HL and SL, let’s list the key pointers you should know before you embark on this historic journey. Let’s look at these essential points, shall we?​​​​​​​

Before immersing yourself in the exploration, it is essential to understand how the structure of the IA works. Some necessary protocols that you can’t afford to miss are given below.

  • The topic you choose for your investigation should not be an event of the last decade; it should be a historical event.
  • The topic needn’t be something you have learned or studied at school.
  • The word limit of 2200 words must be followed.
  • It would help if you discussed the topic you chose with your teacher for guidance and approval.
  • Make sure you regularly update your teacher on the drafts of your work.
  • The investigation should not be performed in a group; it is an individual task.
  • Make sure there are enough sources relevant to the investigation.
  • Ethical considerations need to be taken into account during the entire process. Your instructor/teacher will brief you more on this.
  • Finally, the work you turn in should follow the  academic honesty guidelines laid down by the IB .
  • Your teacher will assess your submitted IA and moderated by the IB.

The following substantial question is: What topic to choose? Settling on a case can be almost endless, so the next section should be your next station on this journey.

The struggle to land on an IA topic that genuinely interests you is accurate.

But we have compiled a list of points that you can refer to make the right decision.

  • Go for a topic that interests you. No use picking up something from the charming contemporary world (WWI or WWII) if it doesn’t get you excited.
  • Don’t be vague. Your research question needs to be as specific as possible.
  • You can also choose a personal topic for your country, community, or region. This will help you find quality sources and produce a remarkable IA.

Get approval for your research question from your instructor/teacher.

A few sample research questions given by the IB in its guide are as follows:

  • How significant were economic problems as a cause of the Bamberg Witch Trials (1623–1633)?
  • What were the most important reasons for the failure of Operation Market Garden?

Once you pick a research question, the research you conduct for your investigation plays the most crucial role while kickstarting your exploration. The following section discusses the research that produces a relevant and informative IA.

Let’s talk business.

No matter how great a topic you select, your investigation will disappoint if your research isn’t up to the mark!

What’s important to note is that no matter what sources you pick, credibility is the key. The easiest way to conduct your research is online, no doubt. But if you think Wikipedia is going to answer all the questions you have, don’t.

While online sources can provide valuable information, never scrape off the little content you get.

Dig DEEPER!

This is precisely where  Google Scholar  will come in handy. Triple-check the details you collect. Always, always cite the original source.

Not to mention, books, journals, and academic papers are the numero uno for the research. Try looking up important works by historians and authors in your nearest library. That is set to give a brilliant direction to your process.

This is certainly not the end of it. Visit museums, universities, and several other sites of importance, because the information you will get here is exactly what needs to go into your IA.

We have a good idea of how the first few steps of making the History IA look. We now need to focus on documentation because your work will reflect all your hard work. Without further ado, let’s go!

The IB DP History IA allows all the students to showcase their skills and knowledge as historians. From selecting and analyzing resources to critically reflecting on one’s work by considering several viewpoints, the History IA is the perfect measure of a student’s inquiry skills. A lot goes into assembling and displaying the job in an organized manner.

All in all, the purpose of the History IA is to help students search, select, evaluate and present a viewpoint that follows the sources and the arguments made.

But before we start talking about the components of the IA, you should read the  IB History IA guide  provided by the IB itself. You will learn about the significance of what you’re doing and how you are supposed to be doing it.

The first section of the IA expects you to analyze two sources (primary or secondary) that you have used elaborately.

Other things to be kept in mind -

  • State the question you have chosen clearly. Do not be vague. It should be stated as a question.
  • You need to mention the relevance of the sources you have picked to analyze. Why were these sources important to your findings or conclusion? What do they offer? Do they give you more clarity in detail or a fresh perspective?
  • Thoroughly analyze the two sources. Analyze and discuss the value and limitations of these sources.
  • This analysis must be done in the context of the origins (when and by whom), the purpose (why), and the content (what).

The word limit should be 500 for this section.

Section 2 of your IA, the Investigation, is a tougher nut to crack but possible. Be mindful of specific essential points, and you'll be ready. Your Investigation should be nearly 1300 words and aim to answer your IA's question.

Since this is the actual Investigation, it should have a proper structure

  • The first two paragraphs of your Investigation should briefly overview the topic. This is where you interest the reader/examiner. Why is the question you chose relevant or essential?
  • The evidence used by you (as a reference, you may use 2 primary and 3 secondary sources) should be analyzed in different contexts. Try giving an informative counterargument if needed. All the sources should be discussed. You can also bring in diverse perspectives and address them in separate paragraphs.
  • The last paragraph should be a concluding statement summarising the Investigation and analysis. Keep it short and precise.

This section deals with your reflecting on the methods used and the challenges you faced during the investigation. The word count for this section must be 400 .

Sample discussion questions given by the IB for this section are -

  • What methods used by historians did you use in your investigation?
  • What did your investigation highlight to you about the limitations of those methods?
  • What are the challenges facing the historian? How do they differ from the challenges facing a scientist or a mathematician?
  • What challenges, in particular, does archive-based history present?
  • How can the reliability of sources be evaluated?
  • What is the difference between bias and selection?
  • What constitutes a historical event?
  • Who decides which events are historically significant?
  • Is it possible to describe historical events in an unbiased way?
  • What is the role of the historian?
  • Should terms such as “atrocity” be used when writing about history, or should value judgments be avoided?
  • If it is difficult to establish proof in history, does that mean that all versions are equally acceptable?  

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The Bibliography and citing of original works must be done towards the end of the investigation.

We at Nail IB have curated some sample IB DP History IAs for your benefit. Check these out to get a good idea to go about yours. 

Another critical aspect of the IA is the assessment criteria. Knowing what the examiner is looking for in your work is essential. Go through the assessment criteria in the IB History guide before compiling your work.

And that’s a wrap!

We hope this guide will help you understand IB’s expectations from your IA and how to quickly seize that 7 by keeping the essential things in mind. To get a better grip on IB History, check out our premium notes and get closer to nailing your History exam.

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IB English Paper 1 is one of those nerve-wracking experiences that everyone has to endure. It's especially scary because you have no idea what you'll end up writing for your final exam–and your grades depend on it!

The best preparation you can do is be acutely aware of the exam structure and proven strategies that have worked for past IB7 graduates.

If you want to fully wrap your head around the IB English Paper 1 guided analysis, then this quick guide is for you.

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What is a Paper 1 exam?

In a Paper 1 exam, you are given two mysterious, unseen texts . Each text is between 1-2 pages in length.

For SL students, you're in luck! Your task is to write a guided analysis on just one of the two texts. Total marks: 20. You have 1 hour and 15 minutes.

For HL students, you're in less luck… Your task is to write two guided analysis essays–one on each of the texts. Total marks: 40. You have 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The mystery text types you'll get for Paper 1 depend on whether you're in IB English Language & Literature or IB English Literature.

For IB English Literature , Paper 1 text types belong to four neat categories (hooray!):

  • Fictional prose (e.g. short stories, extracts from novels)
  • Non-fiction prose (e.g. scientific articles, extracts)
  • Dramatic plays

For IB English Language and Literature , your text types could be… really… anything. Be prepared to be surprised. Typically, at least one of the text types will include some visual element like an image, photo, or cartoon. Here's the (non-exhaustive) list of Lang Lit text types:

  • Magazines, blogs, articles and editorials
  • Speeches, interview scripts, radio transcripts
  • Instruction manuals, brochures
  • Comic strips, political cartoons
  • … and the list goes on…

What do I write in a guided analysis?

For each Paper 1 text, the IB English Gods pose a short, open-ended question.

This question is called the guiding question , and your essay must focus on answering this guiding question using analysis (we'll explain “analysis” in a second).

Examples of guiding questions:

  • How does the writer characterize the protagonist's state of mind?
  • How and to what effect do textual and visual elements shape meaning?
  • How is narrative perspective used to create meaning and effect?

Even though you're technically allowed to choose your own focus and ignore the default guiding question, it's highly recommended that you go along with what's given… unless you really don't know how to answer it, or you're super confident in your Paper 1 skills.

Now, what are we supposed to do with the guiding question?

Guiding questions always ask you to explain how and why certain language or visual choices are used to build one or more central ideas .

And so the vague instruction "Answer the guiding question" actually translates to something very specific:

Explain  how and why the writer uses specific language to build their central idea(s).

This sentence pretty much sums up not just IB English Paper 1, but the gist of analysis and IB English overall.

Writing Deep, Insightful Analysis

If you want to get a high score on Paper 1 (and every IB English assessment in general), you must know how to write deep, insightful analysis.

After helping numerous IB English students at LitLearn, we've found that weak analysis is the #1 reason students struggle in IB English.

Biggest Mistake

The main mistake you're likely making is that your analysis doesn't dig deep enough .

Students make the mistake of only touching the surface-level meaning of the texts. For example, common mistakes include:

  • only recounting the plot
  • mentioning techniques and ideas without digging into the how and why
  • not identifying the most relevant techniques for analysis.

The diagram below shows the difference between surface-level meaning, deep analysis, and deeper analysis.

Shallow and deep meaning in IB English Paper 1 analysis

If you're unsure about how to write strong analysis for IB English, or you're not confident in what to look for in your texts, then you should watch this free 7-minute video lesson from Learn Analysis: Analysis Foundations.

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Essential Techniques you need to know

So how do we write strong analysis that scores highly on Criterion B?

First things first, we need to know how to analyze the major literary and visual techniques (visual for Lang Lit), so that we can quickly find and analyze them under exam stress.

If you're cramming for Paper 1, here are the 7 most important techniques and concepts that you should know for IB English Paper 1. They apply to all text types in Lang Lit as well as Literature:

  • Tone, atmosphere and mood
  • Diction and voice
  • Metaphor, simile, and personification
  • The 4 main types of imagery
  • The 3 types of irony
  • Juxtaposition and contrast
  • Grammatical and structural techniques

There's a bunch more, but these 7 categories make a great starting point. The first step is to learn their names and definitions, and flashcards are an excellent way to do this.

Of course, memorizing isn't enough. We also need to know the common effects and purposes behind each of these core techniques, so that we can build a mental library of the most common ways to deeply analyze each technique. If you don't study each technique in detail, it's much harder to invent deep analysis on-the-spot during an exam.

We go deep into each of the techniques in Learn Analysis . Here are just a couple of them to get you started.

Level 1 Techniques

Your One Mission in Paper 1

Let's quickly recap what you need to do in a Paper 1.

  • You need to discuss the characters, themes and plot of a chosen  literary text, OR the visual and stylistic elements (diagrams, headings, titles, images) for a non-literary text.
  • You then need to explain how and why these aspects were achieved by the writer or artist.

These two points are helpful as a basis for understanding, but they won't help you get concrete words onto the exam page. What we need now is a practical guide to writing an actual essay:

  • Deciding on a good  thesis
  • Choosing the right  points
  • Choosing the right structure

A Practical Guide to Writing a Paper 1 essay

An IB English Paper 1 essay boils down to 3 separate parts:

  • An introduction paragraph : contains a thesis and an outline of your points
  • A body (usually 3 paragraphs) : contains your points
  • A conclusion : wraps up the essay

Choosing a thesis

The thesis or subject statement is a single sentence in the introduction of the guided analysis that states how the writer achieves their overall purpose.

This is also the main argument that you are trying to prove in your essay, and it's typically related to the guiding question . The examiner can usually judge the strength of your analytical skills JUST from your subject statement alone, so it needs to be well-written!

Choosing the right essay structure for IB English Paper 1

Every text works best with a specific paragraph structure. Finding this match isn't always easy, but it's also one of the most important things to get right in your Paper 1 guided analysis.

You can organise your essay by:

  • ideas or themes
  • sections (sequential, e.g. stanza by stanza for poems)
  • the ‘Big 5'
  • and probably a whole host of other acronyms that English teachers love to invent.

Criterion C for IB English Paper 1 is Organisation . It's worth a whole 5/20 marks, so it's definitely in your best interest to choose the most appropriate structure for your essay.

Pro Tip: I recommend students to stay away from the Big 5 . Sure, it's useful as a memory device to tell you what elements to look for in a text, but it's not a good essay structure for analysis.

Why? Because analysis is about examining the causal interplay between techniques, stylistic choices, audience, tone, and themes. The Big 5 and SPECSLIMS artificially silo these components in your discussion.  Heed my advice or pay the price! (notice that rhyme?)

So in my opinion, there are only two types of structure that are most  conducive (yep, another new vocab, omnomnom) to getting a 7. Ideas/themes  and Sections . Take this as a hot tip and run with it. If your teacher is forcing you to use other structures, then you'll need to know why this is recommended.

We go into much more depth and explain it all inside Learn Analysis.

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Writing body paragraphs: Why and How

Once you've chosen the best structure for your essay and decided on a strong thesis as your central argument, the rest of the essay needs to revolve around proving  this argument.

How do you prove this subject statement? You do it by looking at individual points. These smaller points support smaller, more specific aspects of the overall thesis.

The idea is that each body paragraph, or point, aims to prove a separate, smaller aspect of the bigger thesis. It's like a jigsaw puzzle : You must piece together smaller, more manageable pieces to build the bigger argument (i.e. the thesis).

In reality, this translates into writing 2, 3 or 4 points, each of which fits snuggly it its own paragraph or multiple paragraphs (depending on the complexity of the point).

In each point, you must include:

  • Quotes, references to images, titles, headings, or visual elements. This is the evidence.
  • Analysis of language and literary techniques.  Use specific quotes from the text and explain how and why they are used by the writer to shape his/her message.

Obviously, this is a quick summary of how to write a high-quality body paragraph. We dive deeper into the specific details of how to structure a body paragraph in the guided analysis.

Planning ahead

Ironically, the most important part of IB English Paper 1 is not the analysis itself (well it is, but not really). The part you have to get right the first time is the plan. Most students do not know how to plan effectively, or get flustered in the exam and don't plan, or don't even try to plan because they think they're above it. Big mistake!

Before you even begin writing, you should plan out your essay in sufficient detail. You will lose track of time, thought and sanity if you do not have a clear road map of every part of your essay before you begin writing.

You can learn how to annotate and plan quickly & efficiently using the flowchart method, which we demonstrate inside Learn Analysis and Paper 1 .

In the Pro lesson below, we go into detail on exactly how to plan a Paper 1 essay effectively and efficiently under exam conditions.

How do I practice for Paper 1?

Most students think that doing a lot of practice papers is the best way to improve in Paper 1. However, there's a much more efficient, targeted method to study for Paper 1.

We work our way up from the smallest, most manageable chunks of analysis to the full Paper 1 exam. It's a good idea to reserve real IB English past papers for 2 months before your final exam so that you don't run out of past papers--they are the best preparation for the final exam. Also, if your analysis skills aren't already strong, doing real past papers is a waste of an excellent exam prep resource.

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IB History: Paper 2 Essay Writing and Analysis

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) History program challenges students to develop a deep understanding of historical events, themes, and interpretations. One of the key assessment components is the Paper 2 essay, which requires students to analyze and write about historical sources. In this article, we will explore the structure of the IB History Paper 2 essay and provide you with valuable tips and strategies to excel in this challenging task.

 Understanding the IB History Paper 2 Essay

The Paper 2 essay in IB History is often referred to as the "Document-Based Question" (DBQ). It is a timed assessment in which you are provided with a set of historical sources and must craft an essay based on your analysis of these sources. The sources may include primary and secondary documents, images, maps, or texts.

The key components of the IB History Paper 2 essay include:

 1. Source Analysis:

- You are required to analyze the provided sources critically. Consider the origin, purpose, context, and content of each source. Pay attention to biases, perspectives, and limitations of the sources.

 2. Historical Context:

- Understanding the historical context is crucial. You need to place the sources within the broader historical narrative, identifying the events, themes, and time period relevant to the sources.

 3. Essay Prompt:

- The essay prompt will ask you to construct an argument or response based on your analysis of the sources and your knowledge of the historical context. You must address the specific question posed in the prompt.

 4. Essay Structure:

- Your essay should have a clear and organized structure. It typically includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

 5. Use of Evidence:

- You should support your argument with evidence from the sources and your historical knowledge. Effective use of source evidence is essential.

 6. Historical Thinking Skills:

- Demonstrating historical thinking skills such as causation, continuity and change, comparison, and evaluation is essential for a successful essay.

 Essay Writing Tips and Strategies

Writing an effective Paper 2 essay requires a structured approach and attention to detail. Here are some tips and strategies to help you excel:

 1. Begin with Source Analysis:

- Start by thoroughly analyzing each source. Identify the author's perspective, any potential biases, and the context in which the source was created.

 2. Organize Your Thoughts:

- Before you begin writing, outline your essay. Organize your argument, main points, and supporting evidence. A clear structure will make your essay more coherent.

 3. Address the Prompt:

- Ensure that your essay directly responds to the essay prompt. Don't deviate from the question, and make it clear from the beginning how you intend to answer it.

 4. Use Source Evidence:

- Integrate source evidence into your essay. Cite the sources when referencing them. This not only supports your argument but also shows your ability to engage with historical documents.

 5. Provide Historical Context:

- Offer historical context for the sources. Explain how they relate to the broader historical events and themes of the time period.

 6. Develop a Clear Thesis:

- Your thesis statement should provide a concise overview of your argument. It should address the prompt and guide the reader on what to expect in the essay.

 7. Support with Specifics:

- Use specific examples and details from the sources and your historical knowledge. Avoid vague statements and generalizations.

 8. Compare and Contrast:

- If the prompt calls for it, compare and contrast the sources. Analyze similarities and differences among the sources to support your argument.

 9. Engage with Historiography:

- When relevant, engage with historical interpretations or the work of historians. Discuss different viewpoints and their implications for your argument.

 10. Conclude Effectively:

- Your conclusion should summarize your main points and restate your thesis. It's also an opportunity to provide a broader perspective on the topic.

 11. Edit and Proofread:

- After writing your essay, take time to edit and proofread. Check for clarity, grammar, and organization.

 Sample IB History Paper 2 Essay Prompt

Here is a sample Paper 2 essay prompt to give you an idea of what to expect:

"Evaluate the impact of World War I on the emergence of new nation-states in Europe. Using the provided sources and your own knowledge, assess the extent to which the war contributed to the dissolution of empires and the creation of new states."

In response to this prompt, you would need to analyze the provided sources and your historical knowledge to construct an essay that evaluates the impact of World War I on the emergence of new nation-states in Europe.

 Conclusion

The IB History Paper 2 essay is a challenging but rewarding assessment that tests your ability to analyze historical sources and construct well-argued essays. By developing strong source analysis skills, crafting clear and structured essays, and providing evidence to support your arguments, you can excel in this component of the IB History program. Remember to practice writing essays and seek feedback from your teachers or peers to further improve your skills. Good luck with your IB History studies and exams!

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