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.
See KQ – plus optional use of connecting tool.
Investigating the relative importance to victory of the different ways the war was fought.
This activity takes a look at what caused World War One in 1914 and raises the question why it didn’t start earlier. Which causes were present in 1914 that were absent in the previous years?
Slow burner: a heightened sense of international tension
Why did the peace fail? - the ‘uniqueness of 1914’ in contrast to previous years.
Designed to help students understand how underlying causes inter-relate.
Which was the most important underlying cause of World War One?
Why the assassination happened in the key focus, with a connection of this trigger to the other causes.
Reasons why Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were killed on 28th June 1914.
For doing that they have previously to analyse educational sources and guess the causes and consequences of the aims of education
How effective is education as a tool to influence society?
The script allows a discussion of the causes of the push towards European unity - was it the effects of total war, the existence of superpower politics, a genuine search for peace, or the promise of Marshall Aid?
How did the aftermath of World War Two lead to the founding of the European Union?
Students will examine the causes and consequences of EU trade policy and will be encouraged to think about and evaluate possible solutions.
How does European trade policy affect African chicken farmers?
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?