viernes, 15 de diciembre de 2017

1º British: The myth 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.



domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017

1º British: How to mummify an apple!


Would you like to do a volunteer and terrific experiment at home? If yes, ask your parents for help and... good luck!

What you need:
  • ·         Apple
  • ·         Knife
  • ·         40 grams baking soda
  • ·         80 grams table salt
  • ·         Two plastic cups

How to:

1. Cut the apple in half. Eat one half - you won't need it for the experiment J
2. Cut the remaining half in half again. Put each piece of apple into a separate cup.
3. Mix together the baking soda and salt. Pour this on top of one of the apple slices. Make sure the apple is completely covered.
4. Put the cups somewhere out of direct sunlight for one week... and wait!

5. After a week, pour the salt and baking soda mixture out of the cup. What has happened to the apple slices? Is there a difference between them?
6. You could make an apple mummy head! Draw a picture on an apple with felt tips or marker pens. Cover the apple completely with a baking soda and salt mixture and leave for a week. When you pour away the baking soda and salt mixture you're left with your very own apple mummy head!

What's happening?

You should see that one of your apple slices has rotted. The slice covered in the salt and baking soda mixture hasn't rotted. It's been mummified! Why?

Because salt and baking soda are desiccants. Desiccants remove water from any material it comes into contact with. Bacteria that cause rotting and decay need water to survive. Salt and baking soda remove the water from the apple, which makes it hard for bacteria to survive and cause decay.

Ancient Egyptians use a similar method to preserve human bodies after death. They used natron, a naturally occurring dessicant, to mummify bodies.

Important to notice: This apple is NOT meant to be eaten! Once you take a look at the final result you'll probably agree it isn't something you would consume. Besides, who would want to eat a mummy? J



viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017

4º British: Seven Samurai, by Akira Kurosawa


Now that we are studying Japan, maybe you would find useful the following link from the University of South Australia. It is a very complete and interesting video of the Meiji era (8 minutes). 

Besides, as we have mentioned in class, one of the greatest film directors of all times was the japanese Akira Kurosawa. You can watch the trailer of one of his most famous movies: “Sichinin no samurai” (“The seven samurai”)





Believed or not, this film was adapted later by Hollywood as Western and even animation movie... Even the personality of their heroes are the same!


If you want to know more about Kurosawa, have this 20-minute documentary on youtube.

Finally, and if you are curious about the language, you can learn the basics of Japanese (alphabet, numbers, colors, ...) on the web digital dialects. J



Cover photo: illustration for "Ran", film  and drawing by Kurosawa

1º British: Everything about the Rosetta Stone


What is the Rosetta Stone? Why is it important? When was it found? Who cracked the Code? What does the inscription actually say? Where is it now? All these questions are answer by the British Museum blog. Have a look!




martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017

4º British: History of USA


Now that 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).

Also, you can revise these two gifs about the Native American Lands and the evolution of non-native states over time.


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. 

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

Remember that you have to do a weekly work before Chistmas holidays so 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).


miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

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.  You have the task of telling the readers of this blog about the Terra Cotta Warriors and their Emperor...

You will need to do an easy online research for answering, as complete as possible, the questions listed below:  

  1. Who order to do the Terra Cotta Warriors?
  2. What do you know about that Emperor and the Qin Dynasty?
  3. How was life in those times? (Art, culture, the Great Wall...)
  4. Terra Cotta Warriors: when and why were they built? Where are they located? What are they made of? Who discovered them and when?
Prepare a  presentation (be sure of saving the document in a .ppt format) with the answers; you can add maps, 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. When finish, send an email with the attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

After the revision, you will do a publich speaking in class. All the members of the team should talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

Enjoy the work and good luck!

This work will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish them or you give it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work. 

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 SlideShare or some touristical pages, such as Qin DinastyImperial tours or travel Guide .


viernes, 3 de noviembre de 2017

4º British: Comparative analysis of historical sources

It is time to start a comparaison practice before the exam... Look carefully the following images (all of them are linked to the Revolution of July 1830 in France) and them answer the questions as complete as possible:

  • What is the political significance of Source A?
  • Why do you think Source A is more important and famous than Source B? 
  • What is the political significance of Source C? (Observe carefully the different elements: social groups represented (and how/where), decoration, symbols, etc.)
  • What is the relationships between Source A and Source D? (Notice all the possible relationships: visual, ideological, cronological...) 


Source A. Eugene Delacroix: Liberty leading the people. 1830


Source B. Barricade at Louvre (engraving published in a French newspaper). 1830


Source C. Gerard: Proclamation of Louis Philippe, duc d'Orleans, as king of France. 1830


Source D. Jean Victor Schnetz: Fight at the Parisian Town Hall. 1833.



You have this week for doing the activity. When finish, send your answers to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

Good luck!