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The World War II history paper.
This year you will have to write an individual paper for history.
You can choose from:

  • A Paper – write a paper using questions or a hypothesis and sub-questions

  • An Essay – basically the same but using a hypothesis and a limited amount of words. The most challenging but at the same time the most difficult of the three.
  • A Historical movie – choose one of the many WWII or related movies and write a paper about their historical value, comparing fact and fiction.

You will find general help in the form of guidelines and assessment criteria on the school’s website and www.geert.helpt.nl. The guidelines for the paper are actually the same as higher level PO (Praktische Opdracht) and PWS (Pofielwerkstuk) and can be compared with GCSE in England. Because you are not higher level yet, assessment will (of course) be a bit less strict.

Remember: this has to be good, really good! It has to become your masterpiece of your history classes, showing what you can do. That’s why you have such relative freedom in your choice of subject and why you can set your own date to hand it in.
Choose your subject very carefully, don’t end up writing an overview of WWII that’s just a summary of any schoolbook. That would be a waste of precious time. Choose a subject you can dive into and which you feel confident about handling. To make things a bit easier, I’ve listed some ideas, more or less based on your history book. By no means feel obliged to use one of those, if you come up with your own ideas: fine! Remember that each subject has to be approved of by the teacher and that the choice of subject has to be handed in before the spring break and has to contain the general idea of what you’re planning to do, a basic time plan and the week in which you’re going to hand it in (can be no later than week 17: first week after Ireland!).
Possible subjects (Some suggestions have received a title, I’ll explain those later)

  • Comparison of dictators e.g. Stalin and Hitler p.118-123

  • Appeasement act. p. 135

  • Who is to blame for the war? (p.131-141)

  • Living through the war act. p. 157 or act 2. p. 171

  • Leningrad act. p. 175

  • Germany and Japan p. 181

  • Experiences of war act. 2 p. 185

  • Wir haben es nicht gewüsst……….p.186-193

  • Enola Gay act. p. 201

  • Comparison Churchill-Hitler (p.202-205), Stalin- Roosevelt (p.206-207), Churchill-Chamberlain (not in the book)

  • We shall never surrender (Churchill’s speeches)

  • Propaganda (& posters)

  • Something completely different: war songs and their impact

  • ……any other suitable subject related to WWII

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