Write two (four to five sentence) paragraphs that explain of the origins of Beowulf. This MUST be written in your own words in properly constructed sentences.

Paragraphs should be structured as follows:


Genocide – History as Film study – Assessment Task

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DEFINITION: What is genocide?
Why do people commit Genocide?
What conditions in the world allow genocide to occur?
What triggers genocide?
Who thought of genocide (first historical occurrence)
Who invented the word?
What are the effects of genocide?
Has genocide succeeded?
Is genocide happening right now?


How accurate do you think the films we watched are?
Are they useful historical sources? Why? Why not?

Crusades revision

What were the Crusades?
What was their purpose?
When did they take place?
Who challenged Christians to reclaim the Holy Land?
What was the most important city in the Holy Land to the Christians and Muslims?
Who was the Muslim sultan who took back Jerusalem in 1188?
How did he reunite the Muslims?
How was his control of Jerusalem different from Christians’ control of the city in 1099?
With which English king did Saladin communicate?
What was the outcome of their relationship?
What were the most useful sources you found in your research? Why?
What did you find most interesting about your study of the Crusades?
Do you have a better understanding of Islam? Why? Why not?
In your opinion, who is the most interesting person you have studied in this period? Why?
Did this study help you to better understand events in the world today? Why? Why not?
What did you find enjoyable about this study?
What was difficult? How did you overcome any problems?

Cause and effect

Cause and effect are key historical concepts that help us understand history and the connection between actions and their consequences.
Answer the following questions:
What is cause and effect?
Why is it important to understanding and acquiring historical knowledge?

Hello Year 9!

Welcome to the Year 9 Elective History blog.

This site is for you to share and discuss ideas related to your studies of history.


Read the following quotes about history.

“Whoever controls the past controls the future; whoever controls the present controls the past.”
– George Orwell

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
– David McCullough

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.
– Etienne Gilson

We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
– George Bernard Shaw

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
– George Santayana

Patriotism ruins history.
– Geothe

History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.
– Henry Ford

Prep questions:

1. Which of the above quotes best describes history?

2. Write 2-3 paragraphs explaining:
a. the areas of history you have studied
b. the periods/personalities that most interest you; and
c. why you think history is an important area of study.

Write your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this page.