lunes, 11 de enero de 2021

Deadlines for second term

Hello! Happy snowy new year! How are you? Did you enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas time?

These will be the deadlines for this second term; do not panic, I will explain everything in detail tomorrow at class. 

1º British

Monthly work nº3 (Classic world) _ Thursday, 21 January

Exam I (Greece)_ Thursday, 28 January

Video: 7 wonders of ancient time_ Thursday, 4 February

Book review ON PAPER (Roman misteries 1: Thieves of Ostia, by Caroline Lawrence)_ Thursday, 18 February

Exam II (Rome)_ Thursday, 25 February

Monthly work nº4 (Britain)_ Thursday, 11 March

2º British

Book review (see options here) ON PAPER _ Friday, 22 January

Exam I_ Friday, 29 January

Monthly work nº4 (Modern era I)_ Friday, 5 February

Video: Spanish America TV News _ Friday, 19 February

Monthly work nº5 (Modern era II)_ Friday, 26 February

Exam II_ Friday, 5 March

3º British

Monthly work nº2 (Primary sector)_ Tuesday, 26 January

Videoscribe_ Tuesday, 2 February

Monthly work nº3 (Secondary sector)_ Tuesday, 23 February

Exam (Primary & Secondary sectors)_ Monday 1 & Tuesday 2, March

Searching a job in Europe_ Tuesday, 9 March

4º British

Book review (see options here) ON PAPER_ Tuesday, 26 January

Monthly work nº4 (UK and Industrial Rev.)_ Tuesday, 2 February

Special dossier: Spanish flu vs Covid_ Tuesday, 23 February

Monthly work nº5 (First World War) _ Tuesday, 2 March

Exam (Industrial Rev. & First World War)_ Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10, March

Have a nice day and take care.

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2020

4º British: American Revolution on Twitter

You are about to start the 8th edition of your favourite historical activity... twitter in class! This year it will be all about the American Revolution, a topic that we have never performanced before.

The Revolutionary War, otherwise known as the American Revolution, was a battle for independence fought between the United States (then the Continental Colonies) and Great Britain that spanned the years of 1775 to 1783. The conflict was the result of mounting tension between the colonists and the colonial government, which was an extension of the British crown’s authority. Throughout the war, a number of individuals played essential roles for their respective parties...


How does it work? You must create a special twitter account as you were one American character, that can be a famous or an anonymous one (choose your character from this document). With this “historical account” you become follower of @auladeadriana.


The application period will start THIS WEDNESDAY (25th November), at 15:00. Just send me an email with your chosen character (even better, send me the list of your three favourite characters) and I will answer you back with the confirmation. Once that you have the confirmation (but not before), you can start making your character back to life :) You will have some time for creating the twitter account; the more “realistic” that you do it (portrait, biographic info, etc.), the better for your final mark.

The debate will start Friday 27th November and finish Friday 4th, December.  You have to create a minimum of 20 tweets (12 of them base on real primary sources: texts, photos...) in the name of your chosen character. Try not to be independent, but “talk” with the others. I will help you with some clues for the timeline (eg. this "major battles" web), so you will not be lost in the process.


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...

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&paste from a webpage, the mark will be a 0 for this work.


Be creative and enjoy it! 

lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2020

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!

First of all, let's have a revision about the origin of the Silk trade route though this article by Geografía Infinita (in Spanish).

This is a double-task activity and can be done individually or in groups (maximun, 4 students). First, do an online research and 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? (Yes, in this question you can just add a map...)

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 (about 15-20 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 (in Spanish)
Ibn Battuta (in Spanish)

Second: film a conference! Turn yourself into an historian and teach us all you know about your favourite traveller! Film a short video of yourself giving a mini-conference (about 3-4 minutes). The video must be in avi or mp4 format. If you need some help, here you have some free and easy video-apps useful for educational purposes. Of course, if you are doing the task in pairs, ALL the members of the team HAVE TO talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

When finish, send an email with BOTH files (the presentation in PDF and the video in AVI) attached file to Last day: Friday,  27 November.

This is a mandatory activity and you will receive a mark for it. Of course, cooperation, task-sharing and team-effort will be taken into consideration. If you fail to do it, do it out of time or just copy&paste from internet, you will have a 0.

Are you ready? Go on, enjoy... and good luck! :)

jueves, 12 de noviembre de 2020

1ºBritish: Videos about Code of Hammurabi and Isthar Gate

As required in class, here you have the links to the Khan Academy videos in case you need to revise them for the monthly work or the exam...

1. Code of Hammurabi (3 minutes)

2. Gate of Isthar (6 minutes)

Have a nice weekend!

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2020

1º British: Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Welcome time-traveling students! You have chosen to research a fascinating topic that is still standing from the days of Ancient China.  This is a double-task activity that can be done individually or in pairs.

First, research!. You have to do a presentation about Qin Xi Huang and his country. When finish, you have to convert it to PDF format. Items you MUST include:  

  1. Map of Ancient China
  2. Portrait and short biography of Qin Xi Huang
  3. How was culture and society on those times?
  4. The achievements of Emperor Qin Xi Huang (1): the Great Wall
  5. The achievements of Emperor Qin Xi Huang (2): the Terra Cotta Warriors.  This is the most important part so try to do your best and do a complete research: when and why were they built? Where are they located? How are they made of? Who discovered them and when? etc.
To start with, you may find additional information in the following links:

Qin Dynasty (Wikipedia) It is only an introduction to the topic, but you ought to visit other (more accurate) websites like the Met Museum or the China Highlights; You can also visit  some touristical pages, such as or travel Guide .

You can add maps, portraits, photos... anything that you think is relevant. You have to elaborate your own writting; copy/paste is not allowed and it would mean a penalization on your mark. 

Second: film a conference! Turn yourself into an historian and teach us all you know about Qin Xi Huang and his terracotta warriors! Film a short video of yourself giving a mini-conference (about 3 minutes). The video must be in avi or mp4 format. If you need some help, here you have some free and easy video-apps useful for educational purposes. Of course, if you are doing the task in pairs, ALL the members of the team HAVE TO talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

When finish, send an email with BOTH files (pdf and avi) attached file to Last day: Monday, 16 November. 

As usual, this work is mandatory and it will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it or you give it out of date, the mark will be a 0. 

Enjoy the work and good luck! :)

lunes, 26 de octubre de 2020

3º British: What is a megacity?

Most part of the world’s population live in urban areas. We have studied their characteris but, what happened when the city is constantly increasing its size and population? Find it out!

You (by your own or in pairs) will have to do an online research for answering the questions below, in the visual format you prefer: infography, Prezi, power point, etc. When finish, send it as attached file in PDF format to (last day, Tuesday 10 November)

This work is mandatory and you will receive a mark. If you fail to do it, do it out of time or just copy&paste from a website, the mark will be 0.

  1. Definition: what is a Megacity?
  2. Name, at least, 3 characteristics of a megacity.
  3. What are the main challenges of living in megacities?
  4. How can be those challenges solved or, at least, reduced?
  5. Where are most megacities located? Why?
  6. What cities around the world are considered nowadays megacities? List AND place them on a map.
  7. Investigate ONE of them and prepare a complete and detailed research about it. You should include photos and official data.
  8. Which other cities around the world are growing the fastest and would probably become megacities? Why?
  9. Other cities are experimenting problems linked to the urban sprawl… What is urban sprawl? Why does it happen?
  10. Opinion: What do you think it would be the future of urban settlement in Europe? Give rational arguments to support your point of view (about 15-20 lines). 

Useful links for starting:

Are you ready? 3, 2,1... Go!

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2020

4º British: The Umbrella’s Revolution at Hong Kong, 2014

As I usually tell you in class, History is always repeated. This is the reason why is so important to have a good knowledge about our past. As an example, you will start a comparaison between the French Revolution (1789) and the so-called "Umbrella’s revolution" (2014). I am sure you will find this up-to-date activity quite different and interesting.

It is a triple-task activity. Read carefully the instructions and answer ALL the questions as completely as possible. It can be done individually or in pairs. When finish (last delivery day: 30 October), send your answers in PDF format as attached file to This activity is mandatory and you will receive a mark for it.

Task 1. Research. Use information from the BBC article “Hong Kong’s Democracy Debate” to answer the following questions:

1.1. In what year did China take control of Hong Kong?

1.2. How was the leader of Hong Kong elected before the Revolt?

1.3. What change to Hong Kong’s election process did the Chinese government announce in August 2014?

1.4. Why did this upset democracy activists in Hong Kong?

1.5. How has China responded to the protests?

Task 2. Photo analysis. From this collection of photos, choose 2 of them and explain their meaning. Maybe you need also to read this BBC explanation of symbols.  

Add the chosen photo in your document with each comment. Did you find something specially interesting or surprising in the photos? (What? Why?). Keep in mind that a photograph cannot give you a complete picture of the protests, and you should be careful about drawing conclusions from the photographs.

Task 3. Comparaison with the French Revolution. Use your own knowledge to answer the following questions:

3.1. What were the similarities and differences between both Revolutions? Name, at least, 3 similarities and 3 differences.

3.2. Did the Umbrella’s Revolt get through the same steps that the French revolution? Why?

3.3. Do you think that they (both) were a success or not? Why?

3.4. Why do YOU think people is still revolting in different parts of the world?

Ready? 3, 2, 1...