viernes, 26 de octubre de 2012

4º British: French Revolution Webquest

The first webquest of the year has two parts: do an historical research... and be creative!

Your task is to take on the role of a French citizen during the time period of the French Revolution. After deciding on your character, you should pick two stages of the Revolution in which your character would have participated.

Your ultimate goal is to write a 4-page narrative from the perspective of your historical figure (you can also add photos). Because it is primarily a work of fiction, you can be creative with some of the details. However, the overall story must be accurate with respect to the events of the French Revolution. You can read more details in the webquest page.

You have to send it by email to: This work will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish them or you do it out of date (Monday 19 November), the mark will be a 0 for that work.

Adapted by: Michelle Cottrell-Williams (Wakefield High School)

lunes, 22 de octubre de 2012

1º British: Playing with Google Earth

We already know the cartographic projections and the different kinds of maps; we have also worked with coordinates and scales in maps of paper… Now we are going to work with Google Earth. Most of you surely already know it, so today’s exercise should be easy ;-)

But before start, we need to install it! You can do it quickly from this link to the free version:

Have you finished? Now to start using it we need to know its different areas. Have a look to the next image and localize each area in your computer:

Have you find out what all the areas are for? Let’s work with them! All the activities are mandatory, OK? Make sure you write your answers in a Word document (making sure you save it with the .doc extension). You can include images from the exercises, using the option “Save image” from the “File” menu and pasting them into the Word document. Once you have finished all the work, send it by email to:

Activity 1

Here you can see a list of coordinates… You have to find out what city each one of them belongs to. But take care with one thing! There is a condition when completing this activity: you cannot use the Google Earth searcher; that would be cheating! Remember that we are here to learn and not to compete, OK?

You must use the option “Lat/Lon Grid” from the “View” menu to display the meridians and the parallels and their numbers, and from there you must try to identify the element. For example:

You must identify almost five cities from the following list. Good luck!
43º.22’ N
5º.50’ O
40º.57’ N
5º.40’ O
40º.24’ N
3º.41’ O
41º.23’ N
2º.11’ E
47º.22’ N
8º.32’ E
33º.51’ S
151º.12’ E
35º.29’ S
62º.58’ O

Activity 2: The relief of Spain

Here we will try to identify several items from the Spanish relief (ranges, plateaus…) and their main characteristics. In fact, you should search for: Pyrenees, Teide, Peña de Francia, North Plateau and Guadalquivir’s Valley.

To “see” them you must follow the next steps:
  1. Activate the “Terrain” layer (“Layers” section) that allows you to observe the relief in 3D (spite of a flat photography).
  2. Change the terrain’s viewing angle to see the relief from another perspective, different to the normal top view.

Activity 3: Measure the Strait of Gibraltar

This exercise is the easiest one of all. It will help you to learn how to measure (in straight line) a distance with Google Earth.  To do that, you should allocate yourselves in the south limit of the Iberian Peninsula and measure the distance to the African coast. That can be done using the “Measure/Line” option in the “Tools” menu. For example:

miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012

3º BRITISH: Webquest and Presentation: Baroque’s artists

The first webquest of the year has two parts: do a research... and a presentation in class!

You have to choose a Baroque artist (see the list below) and a study his/her work. The file (PowerPoint) should include between 10 and 30 slides. Besides his/her artworks’s photos, you must include the following sections:

  • Brief biography of the artist (between 10 and 15 lines).
  • Three masterpieces by the artist, with an explanation (the title, the “mecenas” or art collector, what does it mean, what is it important for...).
  • Conclusions: opinion from all members of the group about the artist and the work.
  • Webgraphy (links to websites consulted) and Credits (which section did each team member).

You have to send it by email to: Then, you will have to present the results in class! Each group will make a small presentation (about 5-8 minutes) and remember that ALL the members of the team has to talk. But don’t panic: here are some tips for public speaking.

Here is the list of Baroque’s artist you can choose from:
  1. Architects: Bernini, Borromini, Carlo Maderno, Mansart, Churriguera.
  2. Sculptors: Bernini, Duquesnoy, Gregorio Fernández, Martínez Montañés.
  3. Painters: Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Georges de la Tour, Canaletto, Veermer, Van Dyck, Murillo, Mary Bayle.
And here are some links where you can start:

This work is compulsory and it will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish them, you do it out of date or you don’t do the presentation, the mark will be a 0 for that work.

lunes, 8 de octubre de 2012

4º British: Unit 4 French Revolution (The crisis of the Ancien Régime)

Here you have the link to the next theoretical unit (Number 4): The crisis of the Ancien Régime, that includes the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Empire and the liberal revolutions of 1820, 1830 and 1848. 

You can also download the glossary and the notes of Romanticism (the "art of revolutions").

In addition, if you are very interested into this topic, you can voluntary learn more things about French revolution in the following website of the "American Social History productions Inc.": Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, where you can find many information and resources (texts, pictures, even songs!) in the "Explore" section.