jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2016

3º British: The EU and the refugee crisis


The last mandatory activity before holidays is about the so-called Syrian refugee crisis and it is a doble task:

1. Read the following document from the European Commission official website and then write an abstract about it (20 lines).
2. Write your opinion about the topic, giving always reasons for supporting your point of view (15-20 lines).

Send the document as attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com before Thursday 22, December. 



miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2016

IGCSE 2017: Updated News


UPDATED FOR 2017

Here you have the basic information about this year's exams (I've also included an example of each one from May/June 2015). Have a look to the examples before taking your decission.

3º British: Geography

·                     Geo. Paper 1 (Code 0460/12): Tuesday 2 May (Questions and photos). 
·                     Geo. Paper 2 (Code 0460/22): Monday 8 May (Questions and photos). 
·                     Geo. Paper 4 (Code 0460/42): Tuesday 6 June (Questions and photos)

In the meantime, you should read the rules for the Geography's exams and have a look to all the examples explained at class that you can use on the real Igcse...


4º British: History

·                     Hist. Paper 1 (Code 0470/12): Friday 5 May (Exam). 
·                     Hist. Paper 2 (Code 0470/22): Friday 12 May (Exam). 
·                     Hist. Paper 4 (Code 0470/42): Monday 5 June (Exam). 

As in the previous case, you should read the rules for the History's exams.


GOOD LUCK! 


miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016

4º British: History of USA


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).


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. 

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

There is not exam of this unit, but 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).


sábado, 19 de noviembre de 2016

2º British: World travellers in Medieval Times.



Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Zheng He are some of the most important travellers of all times but... who is the greatest one? Would you like to find it out? Would you like to discover their adventures? This is your oportunity!

In groups, prepare a presentation (ppt or prezi) with the following 7 topics:

1. Short biographies: write a short bio of each historical character (maximum: 10 lines per character). Add also their portraits.

2. Why travelling? Explain what was the main target of their travels. Bussiness? Holidays? Geographical explorations? Militar conquest?

3. Routes: How old were them when they began their journeys? How long did the journeys take? Who did the longest travel? Which countries did they visit?


4. Primary sources: find some texts from their original books. Choose one extract from it (In your presentation you have to include the text, the chapter it belongs to and the country it is talking about). Them explain why you have chosen that text in particular.

5. Deep study of the place: from the text you have chosen in the previous section, do a deeper study of the area nowadays: Are the cities mentioned on the text still existing? What does the landscape look like nowadays in this area? What differences do you observe between the original description and nowadays situation? You can add images and photos.

6. Imagine you are a young explorer. Use the Internet to research a country that you would like to visit. In a short essay (maximum, 20 lines), describe the country, the people, and the sights you will see in this country.

7. Opinion: after studying these three historical characters, which one do you think that is the greatest explorer? Why?

Here you have some links to start:

Marco Polo (National Geographic, in Spanish)
Ibn Battuta (National Geographic, in Spanish)


Are you ready? Go on... and good luck! J


miércoles, 16 de noviembre de 2016

3º British: Safe Urban Planning for Women and Girls


A safe city is one in which both the government and civil society guarantee women’s rights in all spheres.

A safe city is one that promotes the elimination of gender-based violence, while at the same time promoting equal opportunities for men and women in all the spheres of social, economic, cultural and political life. 

Urban programming should be based on an understanding that men and women have different experiences of living and working in the city. It should recognize that there are many different kinds of violence, affecting women and men differently, everyday all around the world. For example:
  • Violence can occur in a subway car in the form of verbal harassment.
  • Even a lack of basic urban services, which lead to additional burdens for women, is a form of violence. 
  • Violence can also occur in a parking lot in the form of discriminatory graffiti messages.

UNITED NATIONS Women’s Global Flagship Initiative, “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme, was launched in November 2010 with leading women’s organizations, UN agencies, and more than 70 global and local partners.

You can read more details from the UN Programm in the following links:




Another example: In Cairo, Egypt’s Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development adopted women’s safety audits to guide urban planning, and more than 100 youth agents of change (50 per cent young men and 50 per cent young women) have been engaged and are leading transformative activities in schools and other settings in the programme intervention sites to promote respectful gender relationships, gender equality, and safety in public spaces.




sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2016

2º British: Photos from CaixaForum exhibition


Do you remember this interesting (and famous) piece from the "Medieval Europe" exhibition we visited this week?

Here you have the zip file with your photos at the CaixaForum exhibition. As usual, you will be required a password for opening the file.

Have a nice day.


domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

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 II 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 Rösling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 – 200 years ago.

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

Remember: this activity is volunteer, you will earn two positive marks if you answer the following questions as complete as possible. Send your answers to blogeducativo08@gmail.com until Thursday, 10 November

  1. Why is good for Goverments to have detailed stadistics of the population?
  2. Why do you think some countries are unhealthier than others with the same income? 
  3. Why was UK the richest country in 1800? 
  4. Summarize the key points of the video.
It is easier that you think... Good luck! 



miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2016

4º British: French Revolution in Twitter



You are about to start the 4th edition of your favourite historical activity... twitter in class! 

We are living at the very beginning of the French Revolution. 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 [...]”

You must create a twitter account (please do NOT use your personal one) as you were one of the inhabitants of Paris in 1789 (the King? The Queen? A nobleman? A famous writter? A farmer? A young politician?... there are many possibilities, you can review the document “Revolution characters” on this blog... You will find there many characters, in alphabetic order, with a brief description of their roles). With this “historical account” you become follower of @auladeadriana

During the next two weeks you have to create a minimum of 20 tweets (12 of them base on real primary sources) in the name of your chosen character. Try not to be independent, but “talk” with the others (a burguess complaining to the King because of taxations? Jacobin politicians exchanging messages and speeches?...). I would also recommend you to use the hastag #HistoryatVasco in your tweets, to facilitate its reading.

The previous years, this experiment was a total success and your partners really did good performances, so you will have to work hard for leading them...

The activity will start on Monday, 7th November and will finish on Monday, 21th November . This work is individual and mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it, do it out of date, or just copy from a webpage, the mark will be a 0 for this work.


Be creative and enjoy it! J

Sources:

Alpha History (including the King’s call)
French Rev. Legacy (Fordham University)
French Rev. Digital Archive (Stanford University)
Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (including songs!)

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2016

4º British: Comment of an Art masterpiece


As I told you in class, it is very important to practice how to comment historical sources. Here you have a new activity. This time is mandatory (the deadline is Saturday 5 November).

Title: The intervention of the Sabine women (sometimes also called "The Rape of  the Sabine women).
Author: Jacques Louis David (1748 - 1825)
Place and date: France, 1799
Art style: Neoclassicism

Now it is your turn... Remember the aspects you should comment:
  • Main idea
  • Historical context
  • Comment (Add also a definition and a explanation of the characteristics of the Neoclassicism; and mention the "Rule of 3 Units"). 
  • Significance or consequence
  • Conclusion (standard sentence)
In case you need extra help, you can read the info from the Louvre Museum, where the canvas is now. But, please, try NOT to copy&paste from there! 

When finish, send it to me as attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com. I will answer you back with the corrections a.s.a.p. 

Try to do your best and... good luck!

martes, 25 de octubre de 2016

Why do we celebrate Halloween?


Do you know the real origin of "Halloween"? Do you know that it cames from Celtic Ireland? What is the origin of the "Trick or treat" tradition? These questions and many others can be answered by this terrific video (about 7 minutes) from World History Educator's blog.

Enjoy! 


domingo, 23 de octubre de 2016

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?

jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016

4º British: Enlightment songs


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! 

Respect, by Aretha Franklin
Imagine, by John Lennon
Age of ignorance, by Our last night
Another brick in the wall, by Pink Floyd
Nos quieren ver, by Shottha ft. Green Valley
Revolution, by The Beatles
Same love, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
Man! I feel like a woman, by Shania Twain
You don't owe me, by Grace ft. G-Eazy
Cinismo, by Dante
Viva la vida, by Coldplay
Run the world (girls), by Beyoncé
Why can't we get along?, by One twelve
One woman, launched by UN to celebrate International Women's Day in 2013
Somebody that I used to know, by Gotye ft. Kimbra
El aguante, by Calle 13
Tierra de Libertad, by Medina Azahara
Salir corriendo, by Amaral
Malo, by Bebe
Ain't your momma, by Jennifer Lopez
Soy mujer, by HA-ASH
Déjame vivir, by Jarabe de Palo ft. Chambao


miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016

3º British: Political campaign photos


As I told you this morning, our traditional activity about political elections is a good example of PBL (Project Based Learning). If you feel curious about that methology, you can watch this video from Educa.Jcyl (about 2 minutes). But I know that what you are really into are... your pictures!

Here you have the link to a zip file. You can download it but, for opening and watching the photos, you will be required the password. 

martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives


And finally, here you have the links for the rest episodes of the great BBC documentary TV series. As usual, they are narrated in English (without subtitles) and are totally volunteer.


Enjoy!

Cover image:
The three social groups in medieval times.
Illustration from a medieval manuscript


jueves, 13 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives - Women


As you really like the previous video, here you have another chapter of the BBC documentary series about "Medieval lives": Damsel (aristocratic women). As usual, it is English spoken, without subtitles (28 minutes).

The Medieval damsel is nowadays seen as a beautiful, but helpless woman, forever in need of a knight in shining armor to rescue her. But... were damsels really such passive females, or are the stories we think we know about them, simply not true? Terry Jones travels around Europe in search for an answer to that question.

In the following days, there will be links for more episodes. 

Cover image: 
Ilustration from Codex Mannese (Zurich, 14th century).


lunes, 10 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives - Knights


As a volunteer complement of today's class, here you have a the link to a youtube's video: "Medieval lives: knights" (English, without subtitles. About 30 minutes).

This chapter belongs to a eight-episode TV documentary serie from BBC, written and narrated by Terry Jones in 2004. Historically accurated, each episode examines a particular medieval personality (knights, kings, monks, damsel...) with the intend of separating myth from reality. 

And, as you really enjoy this morning, here you have again the "Arundel Castle" video and also the official information web, with the future historical events and recreations (including tournaments and castle' siege!).

Enjoy!

Cover image: joust & melee (from a medieval manuscript)

lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

3º British: Create your own political party


A political party is a private entity based association, formed from an ideology and a certain interest. It seeks to obtain representation in the institutions through democratic elections, uniting convictions and efforts to influence public affairs and democratic life in an area, help finance and promote institutional changes and improvements from political power.

Obviously, you can not create a real political party because you are still under age!. But in this activity you are going to turn into political leaders...!

You must organize yourselves into groups (3 people minimum, as the law says, but 6 people as maximun) to “create” at least several political parties in class. You will follow (almost all) the official steps that the Spanish Law requires for creating a party. The necessary will be the "Ministerio del Interior" responsible for giving you the "ok"... and the final mark for this activity!

They are 6 stages on the activity:

1. Find a name, logo/slogan and ideology
2. Fill the Estatuto del Partido” application (you should also add a document with your economical, social, educational... proposals. The most complete you do it, the better for you).
3. Fill official inscription application (after that, and with the approval of a notary, you are suppose to send both documents to the Ministerio del Interior… and paid about 180/260 Euros. Obviously, you are NOT going to do that this time!)

Other additional points of interes:

If you have any questions you can call the phone 900 150 000 (although now is NOT working, because it is only avaible when elections are close). It belongs to the Ministerio del Interior and is free.

Realise that there are laws limiting the activity of political parties (eg. electoral campaign financing, which is prohibited and no, etc). The most important ones are:

Realise also that each “Comunidad Autónoma” has their own and specifical laws for the “Elecciones Autónomas”. But in this activity, to simplify things, we can imagine that we are joining a National Election and there is not necesary to review any territorial law.


Once the parties are "approved", each group will share roles (leader, secretary, etc..) and write its political program (ideas and points to defend).

4. Election campaign (during 1 week, you will have to make your party advertising, public speaking, debates in class and "convince" the "voters"...)
5. Elections and scrutinity.
6. Proclamation of the winner.


Deadlines:
  • 5 October: You must give to the teacher the Estatuto del Partido and the Inscription Apllication (stages 2-3)
  • 10 - 17 October: Election campaign (stage 4)
  • Tuesday 18 October: Elections, scrutinity and proclamation (stages 5-6)

Let's get to work… and good luck! :-)


By the way, as usual, this activity is mandatory and you will receive a mark for it. It case you fail or you do not do it, the mark will be a 0.


miércoles, 21 de septiembre de 2016

3º British: The World Factbook


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of USA publishes an online “Annual book” with a multitude of data of all the countries around the world: The World Factbook. The information is compiled from different sources, both public and private, and it is useful for learning about the political, economic or social features of the countries.

Using this web is very easy: once you have choosen the country, you will see a map with its location, flag, etc. And below the map, you can find its information organized by topic. By clicking on each of them, it will display the information boxes. 

In today's activity, we will work with the The World Factbook‘s web. It's a double task:

Task 1. You must fill in a document with the details requested in the list below, about 3 different states: Spain, a MEDC (preferably another one from Europe), and a LEDC.  Besides the information, in your document, you can include a photo or a screen capture (e.g. a map). 
  • Name of the country and capital city
  • Location (continent, geographical coordinates, borders)
  • Population
  • Official Language (if more that one, list them)
  • Type of government
  • International organizations to which it belongs
  • Date of independence (in case of former colonies)
  • GDP (Gross Domestic Product per capita)
  • GDP composition by sectors (GDP by production sectors)
  • Military Expenditures
  • Transnational issues (international problems. For example, border disputes, nationalism' conflicts, refugees, etc.).
Task 2. Then you must compare the data of those 3 countries, and enter your opinion, as complete as possible.

  • Was it easy to find all the information requested? Why?
  • Is the data updated?
  • Is there any data that surprises you? Which one? Why?
  • What is the situation of Spain with respect to the other two states analyzed? Why?

Remember that this is a time-trial: you will have only today's class to do it. When finish, send the document to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

Ready? 3, 2, 1... GO!




domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

British: Quick link to weekly works 2016-2017


Ready to start? Just in case you need a little help for finding your correct weekly works in the following months, here you have a special link with them:


Here you can find also the academic information in case you need to print it again. 

Cover image: 
Christine of Pisan writting in her studio. 1410. 

2º British: weekly works (2016 - 2017)


Here we are! It's about time to start a new academic year... Are you ready? Here you have the new weekly works for this year: 

6. Iberian Peninsula (Medieval and Modern times)
7. British Isles (Medieval and Modern times)

Good luck! :)





miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016