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 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 If you fail to finish it or do it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work.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! 

jueves, 28 de septiembre de 2017

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.

  • 4 October: You must give to the teacher the Estatuto del Partido and the Inscription Apllication (stages 2-3)
  • 9 - 19 October: Election campaign (stage 4)
  • Friday 20 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, 20 de septiembre de 2017

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?

When finish, send the document to This is a weekend-task, the deadline is Sunday at midnight.

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

lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2017

British: Academic information 2017-2018

We are back! In the following links you can read the academic information for this year: 

You can also read the Assesment Criteria (Criterios de Evaluación y Calificación) and the ring-binder criteria (Normas para la elaboración del cuaderno).

And, as usual, you can donwload the "text book" and the weekly works (homework) in the tab "APUNTES". 

Are you ready? 3... 2... 1... Let's go!

1º British: Weekly Works for 2017-18

Welcome to your new High School! Here you have the weekly works (homework) for this academic year. Remember that you will need to enter a password for opening them:

Take a deep breath... Let's go and good luck!

3º British: Weekly Works for 2017-18

Did you enjoy your holidays? Because it is time to start working... Here you have the weekly works (monthly, in fact) for this new academic year. Let's go! 

Take a deep breathe and good luck! 

4º British: Weekly Works for 2017-18

Are you ready? Here you have the weekly works (monthly works, better said) for this new academic year. Good luck and... go to work!

martes, 20 de junio de 2017

4º British: Films about The Cold War

As usual at the end of the academic year, here you have a list of films related to our subject. Because of your interest on the topic (that is, the number of "What if...?" questions that you have done during the last weeks), this year is about the so called Cold War. Maybe incomplete but a it is good collection of movies.

Enjoy it and... Happy Holidays! 

jueves, 8 de junio de 2017

British: End-of-year evaluation

As usual, now you have the opportunity of giving your own opinion about this year's activities and even giving me a mark! Just click on the correct link and answer 10 easy questions (you can also add comments in the boxes provided); Remember that this test is anonymous and it will not have any kind of repercusion on your final mark ;-)

Thanks for your participation!

All the tests have been created by free version of Survey Monkey.

viernes, 2 de junio de 2017

2º British: Medieval Heraldry

In your last weekly work of the year, you have a funny activity about the creation of your own heraldry’s symbol! Your shield must have at least 1 charge, geometric pattern and a minimum of 3 colours. You can see a selection of options (and their meaning) in this very complete link.


jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

3º British: VideoScribe

Your new (and last) task this year will be: create a videoscribe presentation! VideoScribe is a software tool quite easy and intuitive to work with; By visiting its website, you can download a 7-days FREE version, that should be enough for your task. You can read some basic instructions in this link (Spanish)

You can do it individually, in pairs or in groups. These are the basic requirements:

- The main issue must be one of the topics from this year’s syllabus (Geography).
- The final product should last between 4 and 8 minutes
- At the end of the video, you should include the author’s credits (your names!)
- The video must be in .avi or .mp4 format (compatible with Windows & Android)

When finish (BEFORE Friday, 9 June), send the video to This activity is mandatory; remember that, as usual, if you don’t do it, or you do it out of time, the mark for this activity will be 0.

Be creative and enjoy the activity. Good luck! J

jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

2º British: YOUR historical comics

Here you have your masterpieces... Sometimes you can be too creative, ahem. Enjoy the reading!:

The Black Death (Option I)
The Black Death (Option II)
The Black Death (Option III)
The Black Death (Option IV)
The Black Death (Option V)
Magellan (Page 1 and page 2)

jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

3º British: review of mapping skills

As a part of our class review of map reading, here you have several useful links:
Do not panic: we will do the full revision at class; these are just links in case you want extra help at home. And besides, reading a map is not as difficult as it looks, isn't it?

martes, 18 de abril de 2017

4º British: Crack of 1929 and The Great Depression

As we are learning about the Interwar Period in class, it is a good moment for watching this great and brief explanation from AcademiaPlay about the causes of the Wall Street Crack of 1929 (8 minutes video, in Spanish), that would led into dangerous repercussions... 

domingo, 2 de abril de 2017

4º British: Filming an historical movie

Your new task this year will be: filming an historical short movie! Today, with the daily-use technology is quite easy to became a film director, and that could be the origin of a great educational activity, don’t you think so? J

You can do it individually, in pairs or in groups. These are the basic requirements:

  • The main issue must be one of the topics from this year’s syllabus.
  • The story should be historically correct: you can be creative about secondary things (locations, music, clothes, etc.) but the characters must do real historical facts (maybe you should check for primary sources before preparing the dialogues and speeches...).
  • The final product should last between 4 and 8 minutes
  • After those 6 minutes, you should include the author’s credits
  • The video must be in .avi or .mp4 format (compatible with Windows)

Let’s start with some help... In the following document you can learn about the steps of filming a movie and its technical aspects, such as types of shoots (planos) and camera’s angles.

When finish, send the video (and any extra material that you have created) to The deadline will be Monday, 23 April. This activity is mandatory; remember that, as usual, if you don’t do it, or you do it out of time, the mark for this activity will be 0.

Be creative and enjoy the activity. Good luck!

miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

3º British: For a named country that you have studied…

As you already known, you will be asked to give a real and detailed example of any topic in the IGCSE exams. As these questions are the most valuable in the exam (7 marks!), you have to be sure to prepare a good revision. 

Because of that, here you have a summary of examples and cases studies that we have studied in class during this academic year and you might be able to use in your IGCSE. I have also include a 6º part with the natural environment cases that we will study after Easter holydays (eg. Volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.). Have a look... GOOD LUCK!

In the meantime, remeber also the structure and rules of IGCSE.

Odd population pyramids due to migration (Qatar)
Aeging (elderly) population: Puebla de Almenara (Spain) and  Japan
Anti-natalist: China and the one-child policy (Before and after 2013)
Pro-natalist: Finland and France
Migration’ management: The points system in Canada

Sustanaibility (Curitiba and Whitehill Bordon)
Sustanaibility & Gender (Safety women’s program)
Gentrification (redevelopment of city centers): Chueca
Shanty towns: Kibera (Nairobi) and sources
Rural areas and modernity: Asiego de Cabrales (from an exam)

Market gardering and Hydroponic cultivation (Tomatoes in Netherlands)
CAP and diversification (Changes in farming in East Anglia, UK)
Green Revolution (India)
Energy (Changing energy in UK, Progranm 2020 & Brexit)
Farming in Mezzogiorno (Italy)
Oil explotation in Madagascar
Energy and pollution: Exxon Valdez oil spill (exam question)
Vineyard cultivation, France (Global productionplantation’s needs and map)
Cocoa cultivation, Ghana (Sustanaible Cocoa farmingGhana business news)
Cheese production in Asturias (Food & Drink sectorvarieties)
Mussels cultivation in Kerala, India (Kerala case and Oyster Opera)
Tulip flowers cultivation in India (Plantation’s needs and Kashmiri case)

Changing location of industry in UK (M4 corridor)
Worldwide location (Twinnings Tea and Cadbury chocolates)
TNCs: Ford in Chennai (India)
Industry in LEDCs: Intermediate Tech Development Group (Northern Kenya)
Industry in MEDCs: Panasonic in Osaka
Industry in MEDCs: Playmobil in Malta (from an exam)
Industry in MEDCs: Bayern in Asturias (from an exam)

Tourism and natural environment: Lake District National Park
Tourism and natural environment: Serengeti (Kenya)

Etna (Sicily, Italy)

domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017

2º British: Historical comic!

Yes! This is your opportunity to show your creativity because the task for third term is... making an historical comic!

You can choose any historical topic related with the syllabus of this year. For example, life in a medieval castle, a knights tournament, the Crusaders, the Muslim Al Andalus, the travels of Marco Polo, the war between Hernán Cortés and the Aztecs, the travel around the world of Magellan and Elcano... even a love story, why not?

The story must be "original" and have at least 10 cartoon panels (viñetas). To do this there are several programs, but I recommend Comic Life.

Comic Life is a very simple program to manage: just select one of the templates (pages with cartoon panels already prepared) and start including photos. And where can you get the photos? Here there are many possibilities: you can search on the Internet images, video games or drawings that are appropriate to the subject; or you can take your own photos by using playmobil... or even dress up yourself!

Once that the photos are in, it is only necessary to insert the balloons (bocadillos) that will collect the texts of the characters: dialogues, screams, thoughts...

You can download the program from softonic, but as it is a demo version it will only be available 30 days. In case you need it, you can rewatch the youtube’s tutorial.

When finish, you should save your comic in .pdf format and send that file to . The deadline is 24 April. As usual, this work is mandatory; if you failed to do it, send it out of time of just copy from any webpage, your mark will be 0.

After correcting and evaluating your "works of art", I will upload them to the blog so that you can all enjoy them. Ready? Steady? Go! J

viernes, 24 de marzo de 2017

Lectura Internacional de Homero

Kalimera! Es decir, ¡Buenos días! Aquí tenéis ya el material generado esta mañana en la Biblio del Vasco, durante la Lectura Internacional de la Odisea, de Homero (Capítulo XII):

Como podéis ver en el siguiente mapa, hemos sido numerosos centros y países implicados.

Ha sido una experiencia magnífica y habéis demostrado un gran interés y un comportamiento ejemplar. ¡Muchas gracias a todos los participantes! 

jueves, 16 de marzo de 2017

4º British: London calling

As promised, here you have some tips and suggestions for your next travel to London. It is written in Spanish in case you want to share it with anyone else outside the British Council. I am sure that you will visit the main touristical spots so the document shows you a different approach to this amazing city. 

Enjoy your experience! J

lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

4º British: Russian Revolution - 100 Years Later

Here are three short essays about the Russian Revolution from Smithsonian Magazine. They are written by Dr. Carolyn Harris, professor of History at the University of Toronto, USA.

The first essay in the series, "
What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolution," is specially important because it reviews the domestic and foreign policy of Tsar Nicholas and Russia's involvement in World War I.

Besides, because this is the year of the centenary, there are several conmemorative activities, avents and speeches. For example, the International Committee of the Fourth International's series of lectures on the centenaryof the Russian Revolution will be broadcast on the WSWS.

If you are really into this particular topic on the syllabus, this is a good oportunity. Enjoy the visit!

Thanks to Ken Halla for the Smithsonian link. 

miércoles, 8 de marzo de 2017

Día de la Mujer

Hoy, 8 de Marzo, es el Día Internacional de la Mujer, un día que se celebra de forma oficial desde 1975. Para aprender algo más sobre mujeres que marcaron un hito en la Historia podéis consultar este estupendo blog con multitud de biografías e historias. 

¡Feliz lectura!

domingo, 5 de marzo de 2017

4º British: Women in wartimes

Next Wednesday, 8 March, is the International Women's Day and, as usual, in this blog we commemorate that day by talking about Women on History.

Today we have 5 inspirational stories about women during I World War, thanks to the Imperial War Museum. Do you know who were Elizabeth Knocher and Mairi Chisholm? Or that Mary O'Conell was a driver in the St Omer Ambulance Convoy? Or that Elsie Inglis was a qualified surgeon and supporter of the women's suffrage campaign? 

Discover these and many other amazing stories about brave women in wartimes.