Possible DBQs 2016/17

DBQ’s context questions as provided by the #LCHist Twitter community on Dictatorship and Democracy for Leaving Cert. 2016 and 2017.

Twitter handles to any contributor have been included. Of course all deserve a follow.

Thanks to all who helped out. 

The Jarrow March:

Describe the British Government’s response to Britain’s post war economic problems. @bcs_historydept

What were the causes and consequences of the Jarrow March, October 1936? @Hist_Matters 

To what extent did the Jarrow March succeed? @ConnollyTrevor

Did the Jarrow March reflect the reality of Britain’s economic problems? @historyjk

What were the economic and social conditions in Britain that led to the Jarrow march in October 1936? @Tumedel

Why did the Jarrow march (October 1936) take place and what did it achieve? @Tumedel

The Nuremberg Rallies:

How significant were contributions of Leni Riefenstahl and Joseph Goebbels to Nazi Propaganda? 

Besides the Nuremberg rallies what were the other features of Nazi propaganda? @bcs_historydept

What role did the Nuremberg Rallies play in Nazi propaganda?

What part did Leni Riefenstahl play in Nazi propaganda?

How significant a role did the Nuremberg Rallies play in Nazi propaganda?

How did the Nuremberg Rallies promote Nazi ideology in Germany between 1927 and 1939?

How successful were the Nuremberg Rallies? @ConnollyTrevor

What was the purpose of the Nuremberg Rallies between 1927 and 1939? @historyjk

How did the Nuremberg Rallies help to create propaganda for Hitler and the Nazi regime? @Tumedel

What were the Nuremberg Rallies and what was their importance? @Tumedel

How did the Nuremberg Rallies help to bring support to the Nazi regime in Germany? @Tumedel

Stalin’s Show Trials:

How important were the Show Trials in consolidating Stalin’s power? @bcs_historydept

What was the importance of Stalin’s show trials in Soviet Russia? (2006)

What impact did Stalin’s show trials have on the Soviet Union? (2007)

What was the purpose of Stalin’s show trials in the 1930s? (2008)

Why did Stalin set up show trials and to what extent did they achieve their result? (2011)

How did Stalin use the show trials and the Purges to consolidate his rule in the Soviet Union?

To what extent were the Purges and Show Trials part of Stalin’s scheme to establish a totalitarian state?

How important was terror for Stalin’s regime? @ConnollyTrevor

What did the Show Trials reveal about Stalin’s approach to leadership? @historyjk

Why did Stalin introduce a series of show trials and what was their impact on the USSR? @Tumedel

What was the purpose of Stalin’s Show Trials and were they effective? @ashjclery


2014 – the year I get students Blogging!


Here I’m going to post some links on blogs. This is a can I’ve been kicking down the road for a long time; 2014 is the year I do something about it. Graphic at top of page provided by Med Kharbach

This one is from Nigel Lane on his favourite blogging format KIDSBLOG

Another link from Nigel Lane on the advantages of KIDSBLOG

An award short listed blog on TY

A truly excellent website on blogging from educatorstechnolgy.com

The above includes headings like …
1-What is blogging?
2- Difference between A Blog and a Website
3- Free Blogging Platforms for Teachers and Students
4- How to set up a blo
5-Things to Pay Heed to when Setting up a Classroom Blog
6- Blogging Tips for Teachers
7- Advantages of Blogging in Education
8- Ways Teachers Can Use Blogs in their Classrooms
9- Examples of Successful Student, Class, and Teacher Blogs
Plus… A great webliography
Thanks to @medkh9

Great explanation of Blogging via Anne Turner on INOTE Facebook page

may be this might be some use Deirdre 🙂 BLOGGING
Blogs, or Web logs, are online journals that are updated frequently, sometimes even daily. An update, (also called an entry or a post) is usually quite short, perhaps just a few sentences, and readers can often respond to an entry online. People who write blogs are commonly called bloggers. Bloggers, tongue in cheek, call themselves and their blogs the blogosphere.
Blogs are a great way to keep everyone in a family abreast of the latest family news without running up the phone bill — you can simply read back over important updates to find out the latest news. In addition, many blogs are being used to host photographs, and their chronological structure can be a great way to keep track of a baby’s growth, a trip, or the process of planning a wedding.
Professional writers often look down on bloggers, because their informal online writing rarely benefits from a good editor. Blogs are known for their casual writing and unpredictable subject material, but the best blogs have proven that — regardless of punctuation and spelling — even “novice” writers can be entertaining enough to attract a broad audience.
Bloggers with an especially engaging subject, such as chronicling a trip around the world, have the advantage of inherently interesting material, but even mundane material can attract an audience if you have an engaging style and voice.
Here are three guiding principles to writing a successful blog:
• Develop a writing style and tone appropriate to your subject material.
• Post often, even if your posts are short.
• Allow your readers to comment on your posts.
Develop a writing style and voice
A great site design and technical gimmicks are no replacement for developing an interesting, readable writing style. Most of us don’t do much personal writing in our everyday lives or even keep a diary. Writing about yourself is never easy, and you may find yourself freezing up in front of the computer screen or becoming stilted and unnecessarily verbose.
Here are a few suggestions you can use to develop your own voice and style for your blog. First, remember that a blog is a conversation. Try to write the way you speak. Avoid jargon and clichés and don’t overuse the thesaurus. It may be helpful to speak your entry out loud before trying to type it or to read it aloud after you’ve written it. If you find yourself struggling as you read aloud or speaking unnaturally, think about what you might have said if you were talking to a friend rather than writing.
Second, write your blog with a specific friend or family member in mind. Thinking of someone you know well and who might want to read your blog will help you relax your writing style. That’s why it’s become popular for many people to start personal journal entries with Dear Diary. The goal is to get your writing to sound more like you and less like a lofty essay.
Always consider your audience. If you’re writing for only close friends and family, you don’t need to explain that Sarah is your 8-year-old daughter every time you mention her. But if your blog attracts a wider audience, you may want to create references or glossaries to help new readers follow along.
Finally, before you start blogging, spend some time visiting other blogs that are like the one you’re thinking of starting. Read one or two for a few weeks and pay attention to things like the length of posts, frequency, writing style, and subject material. You can get some great ideas for your own blog by noting what you find interesting and compelling in other people’s blogs.

Update, update, update
The blogs that attract the most readers are the ones with frequent updates. If you start a blog, be prepared to spend some time working on it every day or two. If you’re going to be a blogger, you have to blog! It takes discipline for most of us to write, even conversationally, every day. If you find yourself dreading posting to your blog, maybe a blog isn’t for you.
As you go about your day, keep the blog in the back of your mind. You may even want to carry a notebook where you can jot down reminders for topics you want to blog about later. Start paying attention to the parts of your life that are most interesting to you; those will likely be the areas your friends and family are most interested in as well. Don’t be afraid to write about everyday activities — parking tickets and car repairs — but don’t neglect to talk about what you’re thinking and feeling. All these areas will make it possible for you to update frequently.
Having a co-blogger can take some of the pressure off, especially if all authors contribute regularly. If you’re going to be working with several people on one blog, talk over how often you expect each other to post so that you can keep some focus and cohesion to your blog.
If you will be updating your blog on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, try to be consistent about when you add new posts so that your readers know when to catch up. For example, you may choose to update your site every Sunday evening.
Invite comments
An important aspect of blogs is that they feature the writing of the blogger as well as the comments of readers. When you visit a blog, you often find a comment link under the text of each blog posting. Clicking that link enables you to read comments from other people and submit your own. Usually bloggers make their own comments in the posts on their site, but sometimes a blogger adds a response in the comment section because it’s a more direct way to address someone else’s comment.
Not all bloggers choose to implement the comment feature, but if you want to develop a dialogue with your audience, comments are the best way to do so. The comment feature is an easy way to involve your audience and get valuable feedback about what you’re doing with your blog.

Donal O’Mahony of Portmarnock College and why he blogs