martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017

4º British: History of USA


Now that we have just started the topic about North America, maybe you would like to start by taking a look back at some Native American history from the twentieth century with these clips from British Pathé (9:03 minutes).

Also, you can revise these two gifs about the Native American Lands and the evolution of non-native states over time.


How did the process of independence start? It was not easy... You can study this infographic or read the full text of the Declaraction of the Independence of the 13 colonies (July 4, 1776). Soon after that, they had to face an internal deep problem: a Civil War and the confrontation because civil rights and social issues. 

And finally, here you have the presentation of "Political evolution of Black America" and the opportunity of having a look at the Civil Rights Movement in America, with clips including Martin Luther King and James Meredith, from British Pathé (13:51 minutes).

Remember that you have to do a weekly work before Chistmas holidays so it will be a good idea read the famous speech "I have a dream" of Martin Luther King (1963). You can also watch the speech on youtube if you prefer (about 15 minutes).


miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

1º British: Terracotta Warriors of Xian


Welcome time-traveling students! You have chosen to research a fascinating topic that is still standing from the days of Ancient China.  You have the task of telling the readers of this blog about the Terra Cotta Warriors and their Emperor...

You will need to do an easy online research for answering, as complete as possible, the questions listed below:  

  1. Who order to do the Terra Cotta Warriors?
  2. What do you know about that Emperor and the Qin Dynasty?
  3. How was life in those times? (Art, culture, the Great Wall...)
  4. Terra Cotta Warriors: when and why were they built? Where are they located? What are they made of? Who discovered them and when?
Prepare a  presentation (be sure of saving the document in a .ppt format) with the answers; you can add maps, photos... anything that you think is relevant. You have to elaborate your own writting; copy/paste is not allowed and it would mean a penalization. When finish, send an email with the attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

After the revision, you will do a publich speaking in class. All the members of the team should talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

Enjoy the work and good luck!

This work will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish them or you give it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work. 

You may find additional information in the following links:

Qin Dynasty (Wikipedia) It is only an introduction to the topic, but you ought to visit other (more accurate) websites like the Met Museum or the China Highlights; You can also visit SlideShare or some touristical pages, such as Qin DinastyImperial tours or travel Guide .


viernes, 3 de noviembre de 2017

4º British: Comparative analysis of historical sources

It is time to start a comparaison practice before the exam... Look carefully the following images (all of them are linked to the Revolution of July 1830 in France) and them answer the questions as complete as possible:

  • What is the political significance of Source A?
  • Why do you think Source A is more important and famous than Source B? 
  • What is the political significance of Source C? (Observe carefully the different elements: social groups represented (and how/where), decoration, symbols, etc.)
  • What is the relationships between Source A and Source D? (Notice all the possible relationships: visual, ideological, cronological...) 


Source A. Eugene Delacroix: Liberty leading the people. 1830


Source B. Barricade at Louvre (engraving published in a French newspaper). 1830


Source C. Gerard: Proclamation of Louis Philippe, duc d'Orleans, as king of France. 1830


Source D. Jean Victor Schnetz: Fight at the Parisian Town Hall. 1833.



You have this week for doing the activity. When finish, send your answers to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

Good luck! 


martes, 24 de octubre de 2017

4º British: Enlightment songs 2017



Here you have the links to the different songs you have chosen for illustrating the Enlightment ideas (freedom of speech, natural equality, civil rights, education, female vindications, etc.). Quite diverse and interesting elections. Some of them are in English, some others in Spanish, some were isolated elections, some have several votes... in any case, just enjoy! 

Imagine, by John Lennon
Ain't your momma, by Jennifer Lopez
White America, by Eminem
Can't hold us down, by Christina Aguilera
Same love, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Run the world (girls), by Beyoncé
You don't own me, by Lesley Gore
Money (that's what I want), by The Beatles
We don't need no education, by Pink Floyd
Schools are prisons, by Sex Pistols
Freedom, by Jimmy Hendrix
This land is your land, by Woody Guthrie
Masters of war, by Bob Dylan
Africa unite, by Bob Marley
Seashore, by The regrettes
Born this way, by Lady Gaga
Stand on the shoulders (Women's rights suffrage song)
Where is the love?, by Black eyed peas
Three branches rap
Equality is coming around
Lilith, by Pedro Guerra
Mujer, by Rafa Gutierrez
No dudaría, by Antonio Flores
Intenta respetar, by Carlos Baute
¿Por qué no ser amigos?, by Hombres G

lunes, 23 de octubre de 2017

3º British: Photos of your performances



As usual, here you have a link to download the file with several pictures of your political performances. As usual, you will need a password.

It was a very interesting experience, isn't it? ;-) 

viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017

3º British: Five key questions answered about China’s one-child policy


China has overturned its one child policy, a limit on childbirth introduced in 1979. Here's what you need to know about the controversial policy and its impact.

After reading the article, send an email to blogeducativo08@gmail.com answering the following question:

Do you think that the change on the natality policy will be 
a success or a failure? Why?

domingo, 8 de octubre de 2017

4º British DEBATE: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity


It is May, 1789. Your king, Louis XVI, has called the Estates Generals in order to approve a tax reform to solve the deficit crisis:

“His Majesty has decided to provide for an immediate convocation of the Estates General of his kingdom. His Majesty has not yet decided where the Estates General are to meet, but is able to announce to his subjects that their assembly is fixed for May 1st 1789 [...]”

The people that would attempt the meeting are:
  • A group of members of the Aristocracy and a group of members of the Clergy. Both groups worried about their priviledges
  • A group of members of the Third Estate, demanding a fair treatment and National Sovereignty. This group would include important thinkers and future revolutionary politicians (both girondins and jacobins), each one with their demands (Enlightment, Education, Equality, Abolition of Feudalism, etc.)

You have a two-part task:
First, prepare a small report that tells the King what is best for France and why (obviously, the idea of what is “best” is different depending on the group you are in!). Make sure that you justify your position with evidence. Remember, come to your decision based on facts, not emotion. Meanwhile, the King should prepare a draft of a possible tax reform, with different options. 
When finish (BEFORE Monday 30 October), send those reports, send it as an attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com. You can also print it and bring to class.

Second: Great Debate at class on 2 November! Now you have your arguments and data prepared, you have to defend your point of view in class, and try to convince the King (that will be also the moderator) for legislating in your own side. At the end, the King MUST take a decission (Would him support the Priviledges or change his mind in favour of the Third State?).
All the members of the group MUST speak (minimun: two interventions each), giving rational and coherent, well-argumented answers. The use of appropiate vocabulary and historical backgrounds will be also kept in mind. You will have the full hour if needed, so take your time and do your best!

Resources you can use:

Alpha History (including the King’s call)
French Rev. Legacy (Fordham University)
French Rev. Digital Archive (Stanford University)

This work is mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it or do it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Ready, steady... go!