jueves, 21 de marzo de 2019

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 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 should do real historical facts, specially if you choose the option of a documentary movie (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 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 blogeducativo08@gmail.com (or, if the file is too big, give me a pendrive). The deadline will be 9 May. After the revisions and qualifications, we will have our own Film Festival (Friday, 17 May). 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!


domingo, 17 de marzo de 2019

2ºBritish: Women on Renaissance Art



Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in making art, whether as creators and innovators of new forms of artistic expression, patrons, collectors, sources of inspiration, or significant contributors as art historians and critics.

But despite being engaged with the art world in every way, many women artists have found opposition in the traditional narrative of art history. They have faced challenges due to gender biases, from finding difficulty in training to selling their work and gaining recognition.

Finally this year, Museo de El Prado is opening a special exhibition about two of the greatest female painters of the Italian Renaissance (Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana) who, despite the historical difficulties, managed to be proudly included into Vasari’s book about the most prominent artist of his time.

But there were not the only ones. And now it is your opportunity of learn more about them: prepare a complete presentation (ppt) about one of the artist from this list: brief biography and complete/detailed study about her art works (3 minimum). You can also visit the artcyclopedia.

This work can be done individually or in groups (maximun 3 people). When finish, send it as attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com. After the revision, you will do a public speaking at class. All members of the team have to talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary would be also keep in mind.

As usual, this work is mandatory. If you fail to finish it, send it out of date or just copy&paste from a webpage, your mark will be a 0.

Ready? Steady?... go!  

miércoles, 13 de marzo de 2019

2ºBritish: G.O.S.T.: Final score


Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for your constant effort and the lovely DIY you have created :) Hope that you have learnt many things during the process...

martes, 5 de marzo de 2019

2ºBritish: G.O.S.T.- Stage 6: Emperor Charles and the Habsburg dynasty (“Los Austrias")


The "Revolt of the Comuneros" was a key event in the early reign of Charles I, grandson of the Catholic Monarchs and new king of both Castilla & Aragón. Firstly, read this complete article by Geografía Infinita explaining the causes of the revolt, the battle and its consequences



You can also watch the following historical performance video (in Spanish). We will discus it at class and I will release the final mission for those who still need another opportunity... 


Some useful links for studying the Revolt of Comuneros are the Fundation Villalar web, the Battle development and a Historical review

After Charles I, his son Philip II became king and fixed the capital city in Madrid, building the religious and palatial complex of "El Escorial". Philip II, the most powerful king in the whole world in that century, had to deal with many problems; one of the most famous episodes was the Anglo-Spanish War. That video (13 minutes) will teach you the events. 

As a curious historical event, it would be quite interesting to do some online research about the two Japanese diplomatic embassy that include the Iberian Peninsula in their official route.

Both Charles I and Philip II were also called "Austrias Mayores", because of the power and strengh. Meanwhile their heirs (Philip III, Philip IV and Charles II) were called "Austrias Menores" because, although Spain was still the largest empire in the world, things had started to change into society and the international scenario...


miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2019

2º British: Great explorers of Modern Age



In the first term we studied the most famous travellers of Medieval Age (Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Zheng He). Modern Age was the time of the Great Explorations: the discovering of America and the circumnavigation of the Globe. Let’s study it!


First of all, watch carefully the following TED-ed video about Magellan’s adventure (about 6 minutes, in English).

Secondly, fill in the class worksheet as completely as possible. If you need some extra help, there is plenty of information on the IAPH dossier (in Spanish), with wonderful illustrations about what is needed on board or the different parts of an exploration ship; and also the mariners museum web, including a complete guide of the Health measures on board that will be quite useful for your task.

When finish, give the complete worksheet to the teacher. As usual, this work is mandatory. If you do not finish it, do it out of date or just copy&paste from internet, your score will be 0.

Ready? Steady? Go!

domingo, 17 de febrero de 2019

1º British: Historical comic!


Yes! This is your opportunity to show your creativity because the task for this term is... making an historical comic! In can be done individually or in pairs.

You can choose any historical topic related with the syllabus of this year. For example: a hunting search during prehistorical times, life in Çatal Hüyuck, the adventures of Gilgamesh, Enheduanna working in her book, Hammurabi at his throne, an egyptian mummification, an adventure in Ancient Greece, the volcanic eruption in Thera... 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 .comicdoc or .pdf format and send that file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com . The deadline is 10 MARCH. 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


miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2019

Reto Lector 2019: En clave femenina


¿Ya os habéis apuntado al Reto Lector 2019: En clave femenina de nuestra biblioteca escolar? ¿Ya habéis escogido a vuestra autora de novela gráfica para esta primera prueba? Si aún no os habéis decidido, en el blog de La Biblio del Vasco podéis encontrar numerosas sugerencias:



¡Feliz lectura! :)