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 blogeducativo08@gmail.com (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.

Instructions:

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! 



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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...