Pogrebnoj-Alexandroff; CC BY-SA 3.0.

How to make things stick? Three volunteers.

Helping students to revise chronology

The teacher provides ten items (on separate pieces of paper) that need to be put in the right chronological order. Three volunteers do this together, e.g. by sticking the pieces of paper on the wall. When they are done, the class may ask them questions/ask them to justify their results.

When studying World War II, the following items may be used:

  1. The Vichy regime established in southern France.
  2. Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and France sign the Munich agreement.
  3. Nazi Germany and its Axis partners (except Bulgaria) invade the Soviet Union.
  4. The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  5. Auschwitz concentration camp liberated by Soviet troops.
  6. British and US troops successfully land on the Normandy beaches of France (D-day).
  7. Germany incorporates Austria in the Anschluss.
  8. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.
  9. Germany surrenders to the western Allies.
  10. The Soviet Union invades Finland, initiating the so-called Winter War.

Acknowledgements: Richard McFahn and Neil Bates (http://www.historyresourcecupboard.co.uk/).

Image: Pogrebnoj-Alexandroff; CC BY-SA 3.0.

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