Terrorism since 1969

Students will compare and contrast 3 different terrorist organisations, looking at their aims, methods and tactics. Students will go on to investigate whether terrorist organisations have been successful in meeting their original aims and whether terrorism can ever be justified.

Expectations

By the end of this unit it is expected that most students will be able to explain the term ‘terrorism’ and provide several examples of terrorist groups. Pupils will be able to give several reasons why people resort to terrorism and why they believe they have no other choice. Pupils will be able to give well explained examples of the aims of terrorist groups and comment on the degree to which have been successful in their objectives. Pupils will be able to construct detailed answer to enquiry questions, supported by relevant evidence using topic specific vocabulary.

Some students will not have made as much progress and will be able to explain the term ‘terrorism’ and provide some examples of terrorist groups. Pupils will be able to give some reasons why people resort to terrorism and why they believe they have no other choice. Pupils will be able to give examples of the aims of terrorist groups and begin comment on the degree to which have been successful in their objectives. Pupils will be able to construct answers to enquiry questions, supported by some relevant evidence using topic specific vocabulary.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to confidently make and express links between terrorist groups across geographic locations and time periods. They will also be able to research additional information and materials to help them investigate the topic more deeply.

Key Assessments

There is a formal common assessment for this unit it is a written task asking students to consider whether terrorism can ever be justified. Students will be required to draw upon their own knowledge and justify an opinion which is supported by evidence. The will be expected to consider both sides of the argument.

How to help your child

Parents should discuss their own perceptions, knowledge and experiences of terrorism with their children. It would be useful if terrorism pre- Twin Towers could be discussed. If possible parents should explain how, where and why terrorism has impacted upon their lives. Pupils should also be encouraged to watch news reports on television /internet and /or read them in publications as this helps pupils make links between what we study in class and the world in which they live. Film interpretations could also be watched but do bear in mind that some will contain upsetting scenes and violence (exercise parental discretion).

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