Working with cause and consequence involves students identifying, investigating, understanding and making sense of complex, inter-connected processes. Events in history do not have one cause and the past is a tangled web of cause and effect. In order to be able to explain why things happened, and the consequences of events, students need to have a secure sense of chronology, the ability to question sources and historical interpretations, and good analytical skills. Explaining cause and consequence involves students in trying to understand change in past societies. By engaging with cause and consequence students have to develop precision in their explanations of inter-connectedness, and to learn to make well-substantiated judgements about the relative importance of causal factors.
Students learn about some of the factors that made Weimar classicism possible and learn about the impact it had on the world.
How did one small town in Germany shape your life?
Students use source material to study the consequences of the war for individual soldiers.
How differently did individual soldiers experience the end of World War 1?
Students analyse the complex causation of the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914.
How did 2 bullets fired in Sarajevo cause a war in 1914?
Students learn how underlying factors and short term causes interrelate to cause change.
How can becoming the timeline help us to understand the change from peace to war in 1914?