The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection discussed changes to Junior Certificate Curriculum in relation to History last week. Click on the link below to find the contribution by Catriona Crowe, from the National Archives, outlining why she believes that history should be retained as a core subject in the Junior Certificate.
Why Study History?
This years exam papers for higher level and ordinary level have been added here -
Posted in 4th Year, 5th Year, Empires 1945-1990, Europe 1920-1945, Ireland 1912-1949, N. Ireland 1949-1993, Research Projects, USA 1945-1989
Tagged Case Study, Document Based Question, history, history exam, lc history, leaving cert history, leaving certificate
A new single day record of 4,839 views was achieved yesterday for this website. At the same time the total number of hits on the website topped 375,000 since it was first set up. The site has had over 7,500 hits between yesterday and this morning and almost 150,000 since the begining of the year.
Thanks to everyone for making the site such a success and it is great to see so many people using it.
Well the general consensus seems to be that students were happy with this years higher level paper.
Certainly there was a nice choice of questions across the range of topics. Most people were hoping for Katanga to come up in the DQB and the examiner duly obliged.
Some people may have had a little difficulty with the wording of the Nothern Ireland essays.
Essay 1 was on the welfare state and would have included talking about the Coleraine Controversy
Essay 2 on Brian Faulkner would deal with the Sunningdale Agreement and the collapse of the power-sharing government.
Essay 4 included the case study on the Apprentice Boys.
So all three case studies in the N. Ireland topic came up in the essays available.
Best of luck to all students for the rest of the exams and roll on August to the results. In the meantime it on to next year’s leaving certs to pave the way to Leaving Cert History 2014.
Wishing every student good luck and success in tomorrow’s exam. The work you have done over the past two years will stand to you. Remember to read the questions properly and answer the question you are asked.
Sample answer for a contextualisation question on British Withdrawal from India can be found here -
Posted in 5th Year, Empires 1945-1990
Tagged British Withdrawal from India, Case Study, Congress Party, Document Based Question, Gandhi, history, history exam, Jinnah, lc history, leaving cert history, leaving certificate, Mountbattan, Muslim League, Nehru
The Irish Independent have produced an excellent Exam brief for Leaving Cert history and it is available online. Click on the links to access the following pages -
Ordinary Level History
How to write an Essay
(Includes a sample answer for the long question in the Ordinary Level paper)
Dictatorship and Democracy
(Includes a sample essay on ‘Account for the rise in Fascism/Hitler in Germany)
Answering the Document Based Question
Sample Answer – Secession of Katanga
Sample Answer – Race Relations in France
Posted in 5th Year, Empires 1945-1990, Europe 1920-1945
Tagged Case Study, dictatorship and democracy, Document Based Question, fascism, history, history exam, hitler, lc history, leaving cert history, leaving certificate, Lumumba, Mobutu, Race Relations France, Retreat from Empire, Secession of Katanga