THE INTERWAR PERIOD 1918-1939
The interwar period was the period between the end of the First World War on 11 November 1918 and the beginning of the Second World War on 1 September 1939.
ASSIGNMENT: The class will be divided into eight groups. Each one of these groups will work with the period 1918–1939 (except Russia who starts the year 1917). This period is generally called the interwar period because it’s between the two world wars. The countries are:
The Soviet Union
The members of each group will gather information about their respective country and put together a presentation that describes the country’s development during the interwar period:
PRESENTATION: During two weeks (two double lessons), each group will create an oral presentation (10-12 minutes) that will be supported visually (using PowerPoint; Google Presentation; Keynote; Impress; Prezi or any other visual program). The big difference from the previous ICT exercise is that you will now work in eight groups with the theme ”The interwar period” + that you will have an oral presentation in class (or online depending on the Covid-19 situation in a few weeks). The knowledge you gain by making this presentation + the knowledge you gain from the other presentations will be important. It is the background knowledge you need for the next part of the course – World War II.
These articles and links will help you prepare for this task:
1. ICT 2 Interwar Period
2. Advice – visual and oral presentation
3. Writers Circle
4. Making PowerPoint Slides
Some short clips about oral presentations that might help you:
LINK – How to deliver a “killer opener”
LINK – Mr Brewers Five tips on Oral Presentation
LINK – Bad Presentation
LINK – Good Presentation
LINK –VIRTUALStudio.tv (10 points about oral presentations)
WORK – SOME DETAILS: The lesson next week (week 5) will start in MEET. I will start this interwar period with a short summary of the results of WWI. Then I will explain the assignment as clearly as possible. You will find out which country you should work with and which classmates that’s included in your group. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, etc.… When I have explained the assignment, you will contact your group members and start the work. I will remain in MEET as a resource if you need any explanations or some help…
The lesson week 6 will also start in MEET. I will give a 20-minute lecture and summarize some of the main events during the Interwar period. The rest of the lesson is for your group and your own work, but you need to be available to me – Why?
– A day before this lesson you will receive the results and comments on the first ICT and and the result of your test in Source Criticism (We reasoned that it’s important that you have both results before you evaluate your accomplishment in History so far – that’s why these two results will not come until week 6). In connection with the presentation of the results you will receive a self-evaluation form which you should fill in and send to me before the lesson the day after (very important that you send it in asap – otherwise I will have no idea how you think you are doing in History, and we can’t have this talk…). While you work with the assignment during the lesson I will start the individual talks. The self-evaluation form will tell me how you think you are doing in History (Course 1b) and I will in the discussion with you say how I think you are doing. If we for some reason will not be able to finish all the individual talks I will offer an afternoon/evening time so everybody will be able to have this important talk.
NOTE: We (History Teachers) have deliberately changed this course a bit and have this ICT task while the school is closed for normal lessons. We both hope and believe that this change better fits the situation right now.