lunes, 14 de octubre de 2019

4º British: Enlightment songs 2019

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 choices. Some of them were isolated selections, some have several votes... in any case, just enjoy! 

Imagine Dragons_ Believer
James Bay_ Us
Diego Torres_ Iguales
Lady Gaga_ Til it happens to you
Pharrell Williams_ Freedom
Aretha franklin_ Respect
Beyoncé_ Run the world (girls)
Fort Apache_ Sobre el consumismo y sus formas
Beatriz Luego_ Postureo 
Melendi&Alejandro Sanz_ Déjala que baile
John Lennon_ Imagine
Gloria Gaynor_ I will survive
Michael Jackson_ Black or white & Heal the world
Ariana Grande_ Break free & God is a woman
Aitana & Ana Guerra_ Lo malo
The vamps_ I found a girl
Netta_ Toy
Jennifer López_ Ain't your mamma
Porta_ Rap&Roll
Bad Romance - Women's Suffrage (Inspired by Alice Paul)
Pink Floyd_ We don't need no education another brick in the wall
Village People- YMCA
Queen_ I Want to Break Free

3º British: And the winner is...

Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants this year. This was the final scrutiny: 

The prize (a chocolates box, as usual) will be delivery next day at class. 

Students of 3ºB: you can download now the zip file with your pictures. Remember that you will be asked a password to open it. 

Hope you have learned (and enjoyed) with this activity! 

viernes, 11 de octubre de 2019

2º British: Homage ceremony, your pictures

As promised, here you have a zip file with the photos of your great performances from this morning. You can download the file but, as usual, you will need a password to open it. Also remember to ask permission to your partners before sharing them on your RRSS. 

What would be the next "special" task at History class?...

Have a nice weekend! :D

sábado, 5 de octubre de 2019

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 groups (maximun 3 people). When finish (last delivery day: 28 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...

lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2019

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 download and FILL IN THIS 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, 23 de septiembre 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.

  • Monday, 30 September: You MUST give to the teacher the Estatuto del Partido and the Inscription Apllication (stages 2-3)
  • 4-11 October: Election campaign (stage 4)
  • Monday, 14 October: 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.

lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2019

British: Academic Information 2019-2020

We are back! In the following links you can read the academic information for this year: 

You can also read the Assesment Criteria (Criterios de Evaluación y Calificación) and the ring-binder criteria (Normas para la elaboración del cuaderno) for 1ºBritish.

And, as usual, you can donwload the "text book" and the weekly works (monthly works better said...) for homework in the tab "APUNTES". 

Are you ready? 3... 2... 1... Let's go! :)

2º British: Weekly works for 2019-2020

Here you have the links with the new Monthly Works for homework. As usual, you will need a password. 

This academic year you will have several surprises at class... Are you ready? Good luck! :)

1º British: Weekly works for 2019-2020

Here you have the links for your homework this year. We call them "Monthly works" so it does not look very demanding, is it? :) 

As explained at class, you will need a password to open them, do not forget it. They must be printed, answered in those same pages (there is always a extra blank page at the end in case you need more space for completing your answers) and delivered in the specifical dates. They will be given back to you when corrected before the exam of that topic.

Are you ready? Good luck!

1. Prehistory
2. Ancient Civilisations
3. Classic World
4. Britain in Ancient Times
5. Planet Earth and maps
6. Climates 

3º British: Weekly works for 2019-2020

As usual, here you have the links for the Monthly Works. As explained, you will need a password to open them. They must be printed, answered in those same pages and delivered in the specifical dates.

Are you ready? Good luck! :)

4º British: Weekly works for 2019-2020

Here you have your new Monthly Works for this year. As usual, you will need a password to open them. Are you ready? Good luck! :)

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!

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: