martes, 16 de diciembre de 2014

4º British: Merry Christmas (from the Western Front)

Based on historical facts, this emotional Sainsbury's advertisement remember us the unofficial Truce that German, Scottish and French platoons did during the 1914 Christmas. 

During several days, soldiers both sides stopped fighting and enjoyed the seasonal good feelings together (they played football, exchanged gifts, etc.). The militar leadership, obviously, did not like the news when they knew it and all the soldiers where moved to other fronts and punished for "fraternizing with the enemy". Not to said, having another Christmas truce in 1915 was totally unthinkable...

There is also a film about this event, directed by Christian Carion in 2005. 

Enjoy it and... Merry Christmas to you all, students!

jueves, 11 de diciembre de 2014

4º British: How effective were the Suffragists and the Suffragettes?

Answer the following questions, as complete as possible. When finish, send them as an attached document to

1.What do you think Suffragists and Suffragettes would look back on with most satisfaction?

2.What do you regard as the greatest achievement and the greatest failure of Suffragists and Suffragettes?

3.Do you think that Suffragists or Suffragettes achievements most outweight their failures? Why?

4.Do you think that Suffragettes direct actions damaged the campaign for female suffrage? Why?

5.Do you think that Feminism is still necessary? Why? Give at least 3 well-argumented reasons.

6.What do you think about the following sentence? Do you agree with it? Why?
“I call myself feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am, ‘cause it’s about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you’re working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation” (Ellen Page).

By the way, if you are particulary into this topic, you can voluntary watch this video (10 minutes) about the history of women suffrage in UK, or visit the Franklin College suffrage’s website.

miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2014

Understanding Plagiarism

Thanks to Ken Halla (World History Educators Blog), here is a great short video (only 2 minutes, in English) defining plagiarism for kids. Maybe with this, you will be able to understand better why plagiarism is wrong and not allowed in class...

Be careful next time, ok? 

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

1º British: The myh of Atlantis / the fall of the Minoans

More than two thousand years ago, the Greek historian Plato wrote about Atlantis, the fabled civilization that was swallowed by the sea. But the origins of Plato’s story have never been identified… until now?

Five thousand years ago, the Minoans, Europe’s first great civilization, flourished on Crete. The sophisticated inhabitants, named after the legendary King Minos, were the first Europeans to use a written language, known as Linear A, and the first to construct paved roads. They were an advanced society of highly-cultivated artisans and extremely skilled civic engineers. The Minoans were excellent ship builders and sailors, and their maritime empire was so vast, it rivaled that of the ancient Egyptians. But inexplicably, at the height of their power, the Minoans were wiped from the pages of history.

The island of Santorini, 70 miles north of Crete, was home to the wealthiest Minoan seaport... next to the volcano Thera. Around 1600, B.C., an eruption occurred. The Theran eruption was one of largest in human history — blasting more than 10 million tons of ash, gas, and rock 25 miles into the atmosphere. And it was followed by a tsunami...

The following documentary film from BBC (2011) is a good review of what happened in Thera: ATLANTIS: End of a World - Birth of a Legend. You can watch the trailer here.