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Was Germany stabbed in the back?

Stab in the backThis excellent stabbed in the back enquiry helps your GCSE students address source utility questions in an interesting way. How? Simple. We don’t mention the exam question until the end.

The enquiry whets the appetite from the start. Can your class use their historical skills to explain the message of an election leaflet… written in German?!

This task helps show just how useful history is – it makes your kids smart enough not to have to always understand a foreign language to work out the meaning of political leaflets, posters and other forms of advertising.

Without knowledge your students will tentatively speculate what the different important aspects of the image might suggest. Next they are armed with newly acquired historical knowledge and are asked to apply this to help make meaning of the striking image on the leaflet. Were their initial ideas correct?

They work out what the message of the cartoon is, who made it and why and then attempt to suggest what the German writing actually means.

Finally, the end task is to get them to write a caption for gallery displaying this image – what should they include? Can they write their caption in a short, succinct and informative way?

We have added a source utility question at the end if you think your students need the practice.

The enquiries below have each been designed specifically to fit the Edexcel or the AQA specifications and assessment requirements. Please ensure you select the correct download for your course.

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