jueves, 30 de enero de 2014

3º British: Gapminder World



It was the last 200 years that changed the world. In 1809 all countries of the world had a life expectancy under 40 years and an income per person less than 3000 dollar per year. Since then the world has changed but it was not until after the second world war that most countries started to improve.


For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 – 200 years ago.

After re-watching the short video in class and studying the interactive graphic, answer the following questions as complete as possible:

Remember: this activity is a timed-trial, you will have only today’s class for answering as many questions as possible!

  1. Why is good for Goverments to have detailed stadistics of the population?
  2. The film talked about population, urban geography and crimes in San Francisco ("Poverty map")... but something similar was done many years before in London. Can you find out by who and when? 
  3. What were the causes of that poverty map according to him? And some possible solutions? 
  4. Why do you think some countries are unhealthier than others with the same income? 
  5. Why was the UK richest in 1800? 
  6. In 1950 there were mainly two groups of countries: medium-income countries (“the West”) and low-income countries (“the rest”). Why? What were the exceptions? 
  7. Discuss the situation of the oil exporters. You can point out a few examples of the graphic. Do you think if there are any problems with being dependent on one major income source? 
  8. What does it means “absolute poverty”? And “relative poverty”? 
  9. Choose one healthy country and one poor country, them compare at least 4 point (see the bar at the left side of the graphic) and try to guess/explain the causes of those differences. 
  10. Summarize the key points of the full video.


Good luck! :-)

miércoles, 29 de enero de 2014

4º British: World War I Archives



Britain's National Archives launched a great site for the 100th anniversary of World War I.  This week they launched the first batch of digitized war diaries. You'll also find pod casts and videos and much more worth investigating.



lunes, 27 de enero de 2014

4º British: Books about the World War I


This year is the centenary of the Great War (1914-1918) and many editorials are publishing revisions, news and also re-editing classical works about it. In case you are into this topic, here you have a selection (in two parts) of the best ones... Enjoy the reading! J

The basics:

Los cañones de agosto”, by Barbara Tuchman (Círculo de Lectores)
El telegrama Zimmerman”, by Barbara Tuchman (RBA)
París 1919, by Margaret MacMillan (Tusquets)
1914: de la paz a la guerra
”, by Margaret MacMillan (Turner)
La Gran Guerra”, by Marc Ferro (Alianza) 
El mundo de ayer”, by Stefan Zweig

For going deeper:

Historia naval de la Gran Guerra”, by Mateo Mille
Historia militar de la Primera Guerra Mundial: de la caballería al carro de combate”, by Felipe Quero Rodiles (Sílex)
La Primera Guerra Mundial”, by Pierre Renouvin (Globus)
La Gran Guerra”, John H. Morrow (Edhasa)
La Gran Guerra: una historia global”, by Michael Neiberg (Paidós)
Para acabar con todas las guerras: una historia de lealtad y rebelión (1914-1918)”, by Adam Hochschild (Ediciones Península)
Atlas de la Primera Guerra Mundial”, by Martin Gilbert (Akal)
La torre del orgullo”, by Barbara Tuchman (Ediciones Península)
Años de vértigo. Cultura y cambio en Occidente, 1900-1915”, by Philipp Blom (Anagrama)
La Primera Guerra Mundial”, by Hew Strachan (Crítica)
1914. El año de la catástrofe”, by Max Hastings (Crítica)
La Primera Guerra Mundial”, by Michael Howard (Crítica)
Breve historia de la Primera Guerra Mundial”, by Norman Stone (Ariel)


jueves, 23 de enero de 2014

1º British: Discover the mysteries of Çatal Hüyuck



Do you want to discover more about the village of Çatal Hüyuk. On this archeological website you can see one of the houses or how they prepared a neolithic meal. Interesting, don't you think?


martes, 21 de enero de 2014

3º British Pro-natalist policy in Finland


We are talking in class about changes in population, including the control of natality. As an example of pro-natalist policy we have this funny story: Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes, from BBC.

What do you think about this idea? :-)


lunes, 13 de enero de 2014

4º British: Weekly Works for second term



Here you have the Weekly Works for the second term of this year. I will give you the deadline for each one with anticipation at class. Good luck! 


Remember that it is compulsory to give to the teacher all the activities or works in the required date. If you fail to finish them or you do it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for that work).

domingo, 12 de enero de 2014

1º British: Discovering Ardi



"Ardi" is a newly discovered female hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago, and a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. She is of incredible importance in our understanding of human evolution. 

This Discovery special website features an interactive guide to the oldest skeleton from our family "tree," a photo album that traces the process of discovery, and 15 video clips that share insight into Ardi's importance. There are also contributions from the international team of experts who took fifteen years to piece together "Ardi" and her world. 


A great introduction to Ardi and her place in the history of human origins...


jueves, 9 de enero de 2014

3º British: World Population in 2100



Today we have started the Unit 4; we have talked about population distribution and factors that affect population density. We know that most part of the world population lives in the Northern hemisphere and it is not balance settled. 

But... how many people is expected to be in the world in one century? Look carefully at the graphic and discuus about the consecuences (in economy, politics...) of this possible increase. You can see more details about the future population by countries (Spain included) in the web of the newspaper El País.