viernes, 7 de junio de 2019

Funny books for learning History

Another academic year is almost finished. Here you have then, as usual, several recomendations for reading, learning and also having fun during your deserved summer holidays:

La Historia como nunca antes te la habían contado (AcademiaPlay)

Historia del Arte en cómic (Vol.1: el mundo clásico). Autor: Pedro Cifuentes (Editado por Desperta Ferro)

¡Es la guerra! Las mejores anécdotas de la Historia militar. Autor: Jesús Hernández 

Destripando la Historia: los mayores villanos. Autores: Rodrigo Septién y Álvaro Pascual

Polvo eres (dos volúmenes) y Menudas historias de la Historia. Autora: Nieves Concostrina.

Astérix: las citas latinas explicadas. Autor: Bernard-Pierre Molin

Un mapa en la cabeza: anécdotas, historias y curiosidades de la Geografía. Autor: Ken Jennings

Eso no estaba en mi libro de Historia (varios volúmenes: España, Roma...)

Historias de la Historia: las anécdotas y curiosidades más interesantes jamás contadas. Autor: Carlos Fisas.

Historia absurda de España. Autor: José David Morales

¡Feliz lectura! :) 

miércoles, 5 de junio de 2019

1ºBritish: Save our Planet

Empresas, niños, adultos...: No al cambio climático - ¡Firma la petición! vía

martes, 28 de mayo de 2019

1º British: Experts committee about Global Warming

Students who have voluntarily watched this video: Global Warming (6 minutes, in Spanish) will participate in the committee of experts which will take place in class, in a session of 50 minutes.

What is an “Experts committee”?

A work technique in which a group of students discuss as experts (Each one specialize in some aspect of the issue) an issue in dialogue or conversation with the group. The conversation can be casuak but it has to be rational, without discussions and exhibitions lead away from the topic

Who is involved?
  • Experts: Approximately Between 4 and 6 experts who deal with all aspects of the issue for the group is reported.
  • Moderator: Introduce the committee members, organizes time, directs the conversation, introduce clarifying questions.
  • Journalist. Asking the experts all the questions that should be known: what is Global Warming? Why is it dangerous? What can we do for stop it? etc.

How to do it?

1. The facilitator or coordinator presented to the committee’s members (besides name, some special item you want the public to know about their knowledge of the subject). Asks the first question on the subject.

2. One member of the committee initiates the conversation with his/her colleagues.

3. The moderator has to intervene to ask new questions, if you see that there are aspects that have not been touched or if someone deviates from the topic. The moderator will be encouraged if the dialogue lapses, but without giving his/her opinion.

4. Fifteen minutes before the end of class the moderator will invite each panel member to briefly summarize their ideas.

5. If possible, the moderator invited to involve the public to contribute their ideas or doubts.

Tips and Helps

You can have a look in the following webpages: Worldwatch Institute and also BBC NewsroundAnd here there is a list of questions that can be done during the debate:

  • What is Global Warming?
  • What are the causes of Global Warming?
  • Does everybody agree with the theory of Global Warming, or is there some kind of controversy? Why?
  • In science, what is the difference between “Theory” and “Hypothesis”?
  • What is “Carboon footprint”?
  • What can WE do?
  • What can the Governments do?
  • What is the Kyoto Protocol?

Ready? Watch, read… go on!

domingo, 19 de mayo de 2019

2º British: Your own guided visit to Ávila

As promised, it is your turn to become professional touristical guides. In groups (maximun 4 people) you will have two weeks to prepare a guided visit to ONE of the following historical monuments of Ávila:
  • Medieval Wall
  • Cathedral
  • Basilica of San Vicente
  • Convento La Encarnación
  • San Pedro (El Grande)
  • San Andrés

The guided visit will be ONLY about the exterior area but there are several parts you should talk about (historical context, architectural plan, author, main gate, decoration, etc.).

You can use the official website of Avila Tourism to study the monuments and there are also some tips for speaking as professional guides (both webs in Spanish).

After that, we will have a special class outside the high school and you will explain your chosen monument to your partners (minimun: 4 minutes – maximun 8). Of course, all members of the team HAVE TO talk. Collaboration and team effort would be important.

As usual, this work is mandatory and will be part of your final score this term. If you fail to do it, you will receive a 0.

viernes, 17 de mayo de 2019

4º British: Pictures from the II Film Festival

Here you have the pictures of the great II Film Festival celebrated today. You can download the ZIP file (password required) and the stand-up comedian video (1 GB, with the same password. It will take a while... The video can be opened with both Windows Media Player and VLC). 

It was a really funny show, hope you enjoyed it :) Next year it will be even better! 

Have a nice weekend.

miércoles, 15 de mayo de 2019

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, 14 de mayo de 2019

4º British: II Historical Short Film Festival

Everything is ready for the second edition of the Aula de Adriana Historical Short Film Festival. This year we will have a proper red carpet... and several surprises! Friday, 17 May, 13:00... Are you ready? :) 

miércoles, 8 de mayo de 2019

1º British: Diorama photos (2019)

You can now download the ZIP file with the low-resolution photos of your worderful model making creations. Congratulations for your imagination and effort! 

PS. In case you have any problem with the file, just bring a pendrive to class.

Cover image: Pirámide de Giza Nanoblock

domingo, 28 de abril de 2019

2º British: Thieves in the museum!

People often ask if any artworks from Prado Museum have ever been stolen. Well, the answer is: Yes! In fact, Prado suffered several thefts (1861, 1897, 1906, 1909 and 1918). As part of the bicentennial of the Prado Museum and the new exhibition of the “Tesoro del Delfín” (stolen and recovered in 1918), I have prepared this special detective double-task for you:

FIRST MISSION: There has been a robbery! And your misión is to discover & catch the thieves and recover the famous canvas. But there is an extra handicap: it is a time-trial! There are only 5 days until the opening of the exhibition in the “Salón de Reinos” in the Museo del Prado, that's why you must hurry to solve the enigma! In this document you have several clues to solve it. You will also find useful the museum floor mapLet’s investigate!

When you have completed the “Solution page” (provided at class), give it to me. The first team who completes it correctly will win an extra mark J

SECOND MISSION: Send an email to answering, as complete as possible, the following questions with your own reflections and opinions about the topic of this investigation:
  • Why would someone steal artwork from a museum?
  • What do you think of the thieves’ choice? (Eg. Why do you think they took paintings and not sculptures? Why do the paintings not include people?  Why did they only take such small paintings?)
  • Why we should protect art and cultural heritage?

This activity can be done individually or in groups (maximun 3 people) and you will receive a mark for it. It 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.

Ready? Steady?... Go!

miércoles, 24 de abril de 2019

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” several political parties in class. You will follow (almost all) the official steps that the Spanish Law requires for creating a party. The teacher 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 supposed 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 2 weeks, 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.

  • 9 May: You MUST give to the teacher the Estatuto del Partido and the Inscription Apllication (stages 2-3)
  • 13-27 May: Election campaign (stage 4)
  • Tuesday 28 May: 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.

martes, 26 de marzo de 2019

2ºBritish: Spanish America TV News

Here we go with another special task: filming an historical TV News programme! Today, with the daily-use technology is quite easy to do, and that could be a great educational activity, don’t you think so? 

This work should be done in groups. Cooperation and the use of appropriate vocabulary would be also keep in mind.

It’s 8th June 1494. Yesterday, Queen Isabella I of Castilla and King Joao II of Portugal signed the “Treaty of Tordesillas”, with an agreement about the division of the newly discovered lands of America between both kingdoms.

News that you HAVE TO include:

  • Opening with the “International News section”: explaining what is the “Treaty of Tordesillas”. Besides the theoretical explanation, you have to include a picture of the authentic document and a map with the division line. It would be also a great idea to include an image of Queen Isabella I giving a brief speech about how happy she is because this positive agreement… Even more, Pope Alexander VI Borgia awarded Isabella and Ferdinand with the official title of “Catholic Monarchs”.
  • More news about America: the first European city (under the name of “La Isabella”) was created in the island of “La Española” (now a days, Dominican Republic). And Columbus discovered a new island: Jamaica (name that, in the native language means: “blessed gold”). You can mention both things, including the image of a map and a quote from Columbus.
  • Interview with an historical character: one of the members of the team has to impersonate a real historical character (eg. Queen Isabella or Columbus) and answer 3 questions to a journalist
  • Culture: Antonio de Nebrija, professor of University of Salamanca and author of the first “Gramática del español” published a complete dictionary of Spanish-Latin. If you want, you can also mention that the German writer Ieronimus Munzer published the first part of his book “Travel through Iberian Peninsula”
  • There has to be at least ONE exterior scene, filmed in front of Avila’s medieval wall.
  • 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)

Besides all those things, you can also include some other things (in the appropriate section), such as the result of the last Mayan ball game; the end of the Medina del Campo commercial fair (with important economical benefits this year) or the new painting of  Hieronymus Bosch for the Isabella’s royal collection (“Jardín de las Delicias”).

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 (or, if the file is too big, give me a pendrive). The last day will be TUESDAY 30th 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! :)

1º British: Historical model-making

It's time of the funniest activity of the year! Model-making! :) Yes, you have to do a manual work: a model, mockup or diorama of any historical age studied this year!

Of course, you will have a mark for this work. And, as you will do it very well, that mark will be very high... Do not worry, you have enough time: the delivery date is Tuesday, 30 April.


1. The model can be done individually or in groups (maximum, 3 people).
2. The item must be obligatorily related to one of the historical topics studied this year. You can add some figures and landscape items, but remember that the main part must be a building.
3. Do NOT expend money, do it with reusable materials: paper, cardboard, clay ... even those Playmobiles you have in a drawer :)
4. Be original: it is a creative work, to show off your imagination.
5. They should be harmless (no volcanoes to explode, please)

There are many options: Paleolithic hunters, the neolithic city of Catal Huyuck, a Mesopotamian ziggurat, Egyptian pyramids and sphinxes, the Parthenon of Athens, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the war between the Greeks and Persians, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum with gladiators, the Circus with a chariot race, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, a Vetton's castro...

Get to work and enjoy it! 

Cover photo:

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 (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 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 . 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! :)

lunes, 11 de febrero de 2019

2ºBritish: G.O.S.T.- Stage 5: Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarchs

This is a really important and revelant topic. Why? Because it was the starting point of the "Modern monarchies & Estates" (15 minutes video), finishing the feudal society, and because a New World was discovered (but... who was the first one? Watch this 10 minutes video and find it out). 

As you can imagine by this introduction, this stage of the game will take time... Keep calm and pay attention.

Thanks to TVE series, we can watch the key moments in the life of Isabella and Ferdinad. Can you put them in the correct chronological order?

Fragment: Royal wedding

Do not forget to visit the TVE-Isabel official website, you will find it quite useful for the next Mission, ahem. Same for the “Marriage alliances” that they achieved: 

But no doubt the first and real trigger event was the famous Farsa de Ávila. What do you know about it?

Ah! We will have a very interesting class about the University of Salamanca, sponsored by Isabella and Ferdinand. Pay special attention to it!

1492 was a very important year for the Kingdom of Castilla: Columbus discovered a new continent for Queen Isabella and the "Reconquista" was finished was the conquest of Granada. 

By the way, against the common belief, there were many laws protecting the rights of natives in the Spanish America. Their status was similar to the peninsulars, as you can read in this article. Finally, on January 1514 King Ferdinand authorized by Royal Decree the legal marriage of Spaniards settlers with Native Americans which were, in fact, a usual practice there. That decree was considered too modern and open-minded for other nations. For example, until 1967 (yes! the 20th century! Can you believe it?) USA did NOT declare "unconstitutional" the racist laws that phohibited mixed marriages. 

Another relevant and also very controversial issue was the expulsion of the Jews and the beginning of the "Black Legend" of Spain, among the infamous "Inquisición"; in the following  videos of AcademiaPlay (in Spanish) you can learn all the details and historical true facts:

La Inquisición española (updated: 15 minutes)
La expulsión de los judíos (updated: 13 minutes)

Finally, the process of Royal Succession after Isabella’s death was not easy... Watch the following 8 -minutes video to learn about it.

miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2019

1º British: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The named “Seven Wonders” are linked to ancient creations that rivaled in their size, majesty, and beauty.

Ancient civilization constructed some incredible architectural masterpieces. Even when six of the seven wonders no longer stand, having been destroyed by natural disaster or by humans, these wonders continue to amaze our present day historians and archaeologists. Your task will be to share information with the class concerning these ancient wonders.

These is a double-task activity:

1. Choose your favourite Wonder and complete a card guide for it. You can do it in word or power point.  Data you HAVE TO include:

a) Name & Location
b) Author (if known) or Civilization 
c) Year (or century)
d) Motive (Why was it build?)
e) Highlights about the structure itself 
f)  Why did you choose it as the best one?

You can start by visiting the following image:

When finish (it is a very easy task, it would be enough with two classes), send your work as an attached file to 

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

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. 

Enjoy the work and good luck!