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Feedback from SAC 1: An analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations

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Liam Brooks

on 18 April 2017

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Transcript of Feedback from SAC 1: An analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations


An analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations makes up
two of the four
parts of the exam.

Closely linked to argumentation (the deepest form of historical thinking)

Asks you to demonstrate the skill of using specific evidence to support an argument (the bread and butter of history)
The data from SAC 1...
Median result:
N

Median score:
38%
Some thing to keep in mind...
Analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations is
arguably the most difficult
of the three skills on the exam.

We struggled with this last year too
, and will continue to refine our skills in class and in the homework.

Time constraints
were clearly a challenge.
Where to next?
Three priorities
Priority 1:
I will imbed more teacher-led analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations in class (at least one a week).

Paying close attention to using the suggested structure for A, B and C questions.
Some common pitfalls...
1. Content knowledge was clearly an issue.

Suggests classwork is not
always
being done to the
optimum
level.

Homework not being done
thoroughly and on time
.

Remedy:

I will try to tighten up on timing in class.

You can tighten up on
productivity
and
thoroughness
of work.

Any unfinished class work should be finished at home.

Homework needs to be done more thoroughly and punctually (10% of SACs for the remainder of the year).

Special consultation time every Tuesday 3:15-4:00 in H2.
2. The preparation booklet was not utilised to the fullest.

Suggested structure
for A & B questions, as well as C questions, was hardly used.

Many
generalised claims
not backed by supporting evidence (reference to specific events, leaders, popular movements, ideas and explanation of their significance to the source and question).

Very few references to
historical interpretations
, which were explicitly called for in the preparation booklet.

Practice SAC
in preparation booklet not used.

Remedy:

Please ensure that future SAC preparation booklets are
utilised to the fullest.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to help you prepare in a
coherent and logical manner.
3. The skill of analysing primary sources and historical interpretations needs refinement


Many
generalised claims
not backed by reference to and explanation of the significance of
specific
events, leaders, popular movements, and ideas.

Lack of
quoting or reference
to specific features of the source.

Remedy:

We will do more teacher-led analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations
in class
(at least one a week).

Pay close attention to activities in the
homework
dealing with analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations. Do them thoroughly.

I have compiled lists of
historical interpretations
by topic on Quizlet. There are three per topic. Go through them at least once a week.
Feedback from SAC 1: An analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations
Why is this SAC important?
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