lunes, 17 de diciembre de 2018

2º British: Game of Spanish thrones

What is gamification?

Gamification is a learning strategy based on the application of role-playing games mechanism and strutures into the educational field in order to achieve better results, either to better absorb some knowledge, improve some ability, or reward specific actions, among many other objectives.

The ludic nature of these activities facilitates the internalization of knowledge in a funnier way, generating a positive experience in the students. Because we all learn more when we have fun! J

This year, we will conduct a gamification experience at our History classes. Pay attention to the rules:

How does it work?

The title, as you can see, is “Game of Spanish thrones”. It means that we will study the topics about Iberian Península during Medieval and Modern times by playing.

During the following weeks, we will have a combination of traditional explanations and flipped classes (based on different sources: theory, videos, texts and images analysis...). When each historical stage is finished, I will release the pertinent Mission document.

Each mission will have 3 activities, with different levels of difficulty. When needed, you can do an online research to answer them; in some cases, you will have to do a small DIY o craft-work at home J

When passing the different historical stages and missions successfully, you will obtain marks and, as a consequence, you will improve your social status (We will revise the score at class after each mission). It will go as it follows:

Start: 0 marks. You are a serf.
10 marks: you will become a free man/woman.
20 marks: you are now a burgher (citizen).
30 marks: Congrats! You are a knight, member of the priviledge stament! From that moment on, you will also have the opportunity of earning some extra and useful bonus cards...
40 marks: Well done! You are now a nobleman/noblewoman.
50 marks: You got it! You are the king/queen. And that means... you are NOT taking the exam! On the contrary, it is convalidated by 9. Yes! That is the reward for your efforts! J
60 marks: You are now crowned Emperor/Empress. This is the maximun honour and it will takes you to... a 10. Wow! J

To begin with, you have to create your Player-card. You can use a hand-made template or a free online generator. This part is mandatory and will give you your first 2 marks for the game. Basic things you HAVE TO include in your Player-card:

Your nick-name and your photo (real one!)
Your city and kingdom (real ones from Medieval Iberian Peninsula)
Languages you speak 
Two strong point (This is really important, as it can gives you extra marks in certain missions... Think carefully about that!).
Two weak point (Again, think carefully as you can loose a couple of marks in a mission... This is a game and sometimes you have to take risks!)

Both strong and weak points have to be chosen from the following list:

- Learning new languages
- Map reading
- Diplomacy
- Militar strategy
- Negociation and sale skills
- Astronomy and sailing skills
- Calligraphy
- Music and fine arts
- Drawing
- Medicine
- Mathematics
- Biology and Botany

This learning-game can be done individually or in pairs but it is mandatory. All missions and activities has to be done on the specifical date. If you fail to do it, do it out of time or just copy&paste from internet, you will be penalised and will loose marks (with the repercussion that it will have for reaching the Royal status and benefits...). In case someone does not reach the minimun score required (50 marks), he/she will have to do a conventional, written exam.

But I am sure that you will do your best to have fun... and to learn!

Ready? Steady?... go!

viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2018

4º British: Create your Historical Newspaper!

Imagine that you are living in London in the year 1851... 

Your new task is to create the front page of a newspaper.

Choose one template from this zip file (all the templates are in word format), choose a name and... complete it with the monthly news that you consider more remarkable (you can use the examples of this list or search for other real events that happened in 1851 in any part of the world).

You HAVE TO include some illustrations (a drawing, an engraving...) and, when possible, some primary sources (eg. Extract from a real speech of a politician or a real satirical cartoon from that year)

You can do this activity by your onw or in pairs. When finish, please convert it to PDF format and send it as attached file to The deadline is 17 January

This work is 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!

On the image: Newspaper seller 
(The Star was published in Londom from 1788 to 1960)

martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

3º and 4º British: IGCSE 2019

If your are thinking about your options for taking the IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), in THIS LINK you will find all the information needed for May 2019 (dates, syllabus, percentages, etc.). 

It is an important decission, so take your time...

viernes, 9 de noviembre de 2018

4º British: Did you know…?

Now that we have started the study of Japanese History, what if we learn some curious facts?

For example, did you know that there was a samurai woman? Her name was Tomoe Gozen (1157-1247) and she participated into several feudal wars, such as the famous Battle of Kurikara. She also appears in one of the most well-knows japanese epic books: the Keiki Monogatari. You can learn more about her HERE. Anyway, she was NOT the first case of female warriors... as we have learnt, Amazones were terrible enemies of ancient greeks, there were many brave viking women (origin of the valkyries myth) or, also in Asia, we have the example of a chinese militar commander, Fu Hao. Who said women are not strong enough?

And what about Yasuke, the African-samurai? Sent to Japan as a slave in 1579 as a part of a diplomatic gift, he was released and trained as samurai by his Shogun.

Japan’s emperor finally sent several diplomatic delegations to Europe, such as the Tensho embassy (1582) and the Keicho embassy (1613). Both of them included Spain in their official routes. There are plenty of documents, letters and official recordings about them, if you want to know the details.

Finally, if you want to learn many more things about Japan’s History or its influence on the cinema (do you know that “7 samurais”, filmed in 1954 by Akira Kurosawa, was adapted several times into western and even animation movies?), remember that you can visit previous links in this same blog.


miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2018

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 team double-task activity.

First, 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 with the answers; 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. When finish, send an email with the attached file to

Second: after the revision, you will do a publich speaking in class (about 3-5 minutes). All the members of the team HAVE TO talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

Enjoy the work and good luck!

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. 

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 .

domingo, 4 de noviembre de 2018

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!

This is a double-task activity, 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?

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, oral presentation at class (about 6 minutes). ALL members of the team HAVE TO talk. 

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! :)

domingo, 28 de octubre de 2018

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!

This is a double-task activity. Firstly, you 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 to

Secondly, oral presentation at class! In case you have done the activity in groups, all members of the team HAVE TO speak.

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. 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. 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!

1º British: Who was Fu Hao?

Find out more about this fascinating woman of the Shang Dinasty in Ancient China, via BBC-Bitesize and enjoy! 

lunes, 8 de octubre de 2018

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 interesnting.

It is a triple-task activity. Read carefully the instructions and answer the questions as completely as possible. It can be done individually or in pairs. When finish (last day, 25 October!), send your answers 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...

3º British: The EU and the refugee crisis

This is a short and mandatory activity for homework. As we are studying migration at class, it seems to be a good moment for debating about the so-called "Syrian refugee crisis"... and it is a doble task:

1. Read the following 4-pages document from the European Commission official website and then write an abstract about it (15-20 lines).
2. Write your opinion about the topic, giving always reasons for supporting your point of view. Do you agree or desagree with the EU policy on this topic? Why? (other 15-20 lines).

Send the document as attached file to (last day: 25 October). 

4º British: Enlightment songs 2018

As promised, 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! 

Oingo Boingo_ Capitalism
Wilfredo Yac_ Tolerancia
Korsakov_ Boikot
Aretha franklin_ Respect
Andy Williams_ Born free
John Lennon_ Imagine
Stand on the shoulders (Women's rights suffrage song)
En Vogue_ Free Your Mind
Lesley Gore_ You don't own me
Tim Hawkins - The Government Can
Maroon 5_ Girls like you
Lanny Sherwin_ Everyone Is Different
Antonio Flores_ No dudaría
Michael Jackson_ Black or White
M.I.A._ Borders & Bad Girls

jueves, 4 de octubre de 2018

2º British: Photos from your medieval performance

This week we have learnt at class what was a homage ceremony during the Medieval Age. Despite the lack of costumes, you did quite good performances :) Here you have the zip file with your photos. As usual, you can download it but it will required a password for opening it. 


lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2018

1º British: Infographic about vikings

Your new task is about creating an infographic but, first of all, what is an infographic?

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. For example: 

There are a wide variety of tools available that allow you to create your own infographic. These free infographic creator tools will allow you to generate an infographic very quickly, without the need for a professional designer, and often in very high quality formats but if you prefer something more familiar to you for starting, you can download this archive with free power point templates.

However, infographics are about more than looking good and attracting lots of views and links. If your infographic does not present data in an engaging way – or your data is not worth learning – you may find that your campaign is unsuccessful. So before you start designing, do some research.

In your case, each team will create an infographic about vikings!Besides being visually attractive, your infographic should be informative and complete from an educational point of view. You can start by visiting the BBC for kids web and the AcademiaPlay video.

When finish, sent the work as an attached file to You can be also asked to give an oral explanation at class.

As usual, this work is 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 (a couple os classes), or just copy, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Good luck! :)

jueves, 20 de septiembre de 2018

3º British: TIME TRIAL - 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
  • GDP (Gross Domestic Product per capita)
  • GDP composition by sectors 
  • Military Expenditures
  • Educational expenditures
  • School life expectancy
  • Youth unemployment
  • Transnational issues (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 compare to the other two states analyzed? Why?

When finish, send the document as attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.comTHIS IS A TIME- TRIAL ACTIVITY, THAT IS: YOU HAVE ONLY TODA'S CLASS FOR DOING IT. So please focus and use your time properly.

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

lunes, 4 de junio de 2018

4º British: Graphic novels for learning History

As usual, here you have a list of recommendations for your holidays. This year is about graphic novels!. It is only a selection but it includes a wide range of different historical moments and perspectives. Enjoy the reading!


Persépolis, by Marjane Satrapi. Autobiography of a teenager in Teherán, during the difficult years of the Islamic Revolution.

Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, by Mary M. Talbot & Kate Charlesworth. As the growing hunger for change grows within a culture of rigid social mores and class barriers, Sally and thousands like her rise up to break the bonds of oppression at the risk of ostracization and violence. 

Leonor, the Black legend, by Delalande, Mogavino & Gómez. Biography of the brave and powerful Leonor of Aquitania (1122-1204), who brokes the medieval stereotypes fom women and changed History.

Red Rosa, by Kate Evans. A graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, a central figure in the early twentieth century socialist movement in Europe, shows how an independent, passionate woman stood fast for her beliefs. 

I World War

¡F***ing War!, by Jacques Tardi. A classic graphic novel about life in the trenches.

Gravrilo Princip, by Henrik Rehr. The story of the man that change the 20th century.

The Harlem Hellfighters, by Max Brooks & Caanan White. It is a fictionalized account of the experiences of the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the "Hell-fighters" by German soldiers.

II World War

Berlin: City of Stones, by Jason Lutes. A good inter-war novel set in the later years of the Weimar Republic. It covers the lives of several people in Berlin in 1928-1929, with as a backdrop the rise of Nazism. 

Normandy, a graphic novel of the D-Day, by Wayne Vansant.

Maus, by Art Spiegelman. The story of a survivor from the concentration camps.

Los surcos del azar, by Paco Roca. The Story of “La Nueve”, the international Regiment, mainly formed by Spanish Republicans, that first enter in Paris,  on the 24th August 1944.

History of Spain

La balada del Norte, by Alfonso Zapico. The story of several characters Turing the difficult times of the II Republic and the rebellion in Asturias.

La guerra civil española, by José Pablo García & Paul Preston

El otro mar, by Alfonso Zapico. Biography of Vasco Núñez de Balboa, one of the explorers/conquerors of America, around the year 1500.

1212. Las Navas de Tolosa, by Jesús Cano de la Iglesia

Las Meninas, by Javier Olivares & Santiago García

Pablo Picasso, by Birmant & Oubrerie

El Cid, by Antonio Hernández Palacios

Post-War conflicts

CHE: a revolutionary life, by Jon Lee Anderson & José Hernández

Pyongyang, by Guy Deslise. The author had the opportunity of visiting North Korea. Altough controlled and chaperoned by his translator and a guide, among the statues and propaganda of Korean leaders (the world's only Communist dynasty), Delisle was able to observe more than was intended of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered. 

A Chinese Life, by Philippe Otie & Li Kunwu. The creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the rise and reign of Chairman Mao Zedong, and his sweeping, often cataclysmic vision for the most populated country on the planet.

Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War, by Ari Folman.

Best enemies, by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. A story of USA & Middle East relationships (1783-1953)

Such a lovely little war: Saigon 1961-1963, by Marcelino Truong. This Franco-Vietnamese author recounts his childhood in Saigon (now Ho Chi Mihn City). It is a gentle introduction to the beginning of the Vietnam War seen by a child of a bi-cultural marriage.

The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefèvre. It recounts the journey of a reporter through Afghanistan while accompanying Doctors Without Borders in a country torn apart by a war pitting Russians against an Afghan resistance supported by the US and other countries.

Safe Area Gorazde, by Joe Sacco. The author, a master of graphic reportage, managed to convey the nuances of politics combined with a deep understanding of what Bosnians were going through in The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95. Other main titles of Joe Sacco are Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza, both about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Gaza strip.


Democracy, by Alecos Papadatos, Abraham Kawa & Annii Donna. The story of how democracy started in Ancient Athens, from the perspective of one of its citizens.

Dubliner, by Alfonso Zapico. The tumultuous life of James Joyce, one of the most famous writers of the 20th century.

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, by Guy Delisle. Travelogue about life in the Holy City that serves as a cultural roadmap of the city's complexities and relevance while offering insight into the human impact of conflicts on both sides of the wall.