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This Year’s “What If?” History Lesson

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I’ve written a lot about about the “What If?” history lessons that I have my history and IB Theory Of Knowledge students complete (you can see my previous posts at The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons).

We recently completed the project in my TOK class. Here’s an excellent example — well, excellent except for the fact that they didn’t include images in their PowerPoint (they will be adding them after the holidays):

Once again, I asked students three questions after the assignments were completed. Here they are, along with representative answers:

Did you like doing the project? Why or Why not?

I liked it because it really made you think.

I enjoyed doing it because it required critical thinking and made think of different scenarios and contemplate history as a whole.

How could we make it better?

It was great — nothing needs to be changed.

We needed more time.

What, if anything, did you learn about history through doing the project?

Every event happens for a reason.

If something minor changes, it could change the world and have a huge impact on our lives.

I learned you have to look at history in another way, not just the way that they tell you.

I learned that one slight change in history would alter everything. It seems like history is based on chance.

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