I ran the last ever revision session for the old specification today for my SL & HL students. Here are the resources that I used.
The PowerPoint with basic resources can be found below. Some funny memes can be found out there to lighten the mood a little and so were added at key points in the sesson.
Our first activity was based around linking different elements of the SL syllabus together. Here in Toulouse, as well as the Core, we also study Sport Leisure and Tourism and Hazards as our two core options. As the students are pretty snowed under with their numerous case studies, I thought a lighter approach was needed and so gathered together 30 random household items (+ one specific item from the Sex Ed kit). I gave each item a brief introduction before the students had to come to the front to choose their item.
The students then had to place their everyday item in the centre of the A3 sheet below and spend 4 minutes writing out a sales pitch to tell me why the item was vital to their IB DP SL studies. After each student had read their pitch, they were then to continue linking their item to different elements of the core and optional units.
There was some good discussion here RE the Barcelona FC shirt was linked to the Sport, Leisure & Tourism unit but also further to outsourcing (garment factory in Vietnam), sponsorship Qatar Airlines (oild wealth, resource consumption, geopolitics, and UNICEF links to aid, disparities, MDG's etc. Messi is an Argentinian player and so economic migration was mentioned together with the protest in Catalonia and links to Nationalism in the HL spec. The condom example proved popular although unsure that the students knew that the major component was rubber and not oil!
This proved to be a valuable activity and brought out the synthesis required to stitch together the course and allow them to think more widely about A03 type responses in the 10 & 15 mark sections of all papers. It is also proved a point that if they have a brain blank in the exam with a particular case study, they have enough geographical knowledge to 'borrow' a case study from elsewhere and adapt to fit the question. If they can do it with condoms, cars and bananas...!!
We then moved onto a piece of work on command terms and a refresher on the A01, A02 and A03 approach in paper 1 & 2. The following worksheet was cut up into slips and the students had to match up the command term with definition. This took about 15 minutes and the students coped surprisingly well with it. I suppose they should have done given the huge number of essays they've written over their IB careers.
We then moved on to a paper that I'd prepared using the revision grids (see below) so show the spread of questions for each unit of work since 2011. I'd identified gaps where I thought questions might be asked later this week and altered previous questions to reflect parts of the syllabus that had not yet been tested. We then had a look at the Core unit and paper 1. The students worked their way through the activities specifically focusing on the yellow highlighted questions.
After a short break, we then did the same for Paper 2, namely Sport, Leisure & Tourism. At this point , the SL students were released and we then focused on HL only.
We didn't do any particular essay practise for Paper 3 as the students have had plenty of opportunity to hone these skills. However, we did repeat the first exercise where I gave each HL student and item and they had to link it to firstly sell it to me and then link to a different part of the HL course using the crib sheet below. The items were a Disney Pixar Cars DVD (in French), a plastic washing up liquid bottle(Colgate but made in France), and an iPhone 4.
We then had a quick look at some questions spotting for Option A - Freshwater (above).
Bit of time at the end for last minute questions and a few abbreviations to help them remember the tourism and sport case studies.
Tourism - R.E.D.R.U.N
Rural Area, Ecotourism, Development Strategy, Remote Areas, Urban Area, National
Participation & Success, Urban Regeneration, National League, Contemporary Event, Supporters (residence of)
Kate also shared with us some of her most excellent revision notes for each and every part of the course! We were well impressed!
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