- https://www.ted.com/talks/bahia_shehab_a_thousand_times_no (Cande and Julia)
- https://www.ted.com/speakers/srdja_popovic (Mati and Juan)
- https://www.ted.com/speakers/ivan_krastev (Abril and Clari)
- https://www.ted.com/talks/olivier_scalabre_the_next_manufacturing_revolution_is_here (Mechi and Vicky)
A great lecture on the Korean War, summarises the whole conflict in 16 minutes. Amazing!
As you listen to the lecture, answer the following questions. They will help you to focus on the most important details. Answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper and bring them to class on Monday, August 10th.
1. What were the characteristics of Japanese rule in Korea from 1910 to 1945?
2. Who led North & South Korea after the Japanese were defeated?
3. What was China’s role on the conflict? Who was the leader in China at the time?
4. What were the events of June 25, 1950? What was the reaction to those events?
5. Who was Douglas MacArthur? What did he do? What was his relationship with Truman?
6. How does MacArthur manage to roll the UN/American troops into North Korea?
7. Why does MacArthur consider it important to control/bombard the Yalu River?
8. How does Chinese strategy force MacArthur to change his plans?
9. Why was MacArthur dismissed by Truman?
10: What’s your personal evaluation of this crisis?
What is North Korea like today? Let’s watch the following Ted Talk and discuss it. It’s good food for thought. 🙂
Here’s a very interesting page by the BBC to revise the Korean War.
We have worked on three different and yet influential revolutions: French, Industrial and Russian.
In this last term, we shall focus on the writing of one of the most renowned historians of our times: Eric Hobsbawm.
In his book The Age of Revolution Hobsbawm argues that between 1789 and 1848 two revolutions together changed the course of European history, the French and Industrial revolutions.
To start, watch this introductory video and read these short articles to learn more about this talented historian.
Today, we start our work on the Industrial Revolution, one of the most influential revolutions in the world we lead today.
We will start working on a note taking activity. Watch the following videos and take down notes of the main ideas in each.
Here’s the video that you we will watch today about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Under the video you will find the questions to answer as you watch.
Cuban Missile Crisis: Overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Today, August 13th is the 50th Anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. Here’s a photo essay on the rise & fall of the Berlin Wall. Enjoy!!
Finally, a most interesting article about the speech that “Brought Down a Wall.”
During some of our classes this 2nd half of the term, you will work on two chapters from two different books on Napoleon.
As discussed in class, you will work in pairs designing a presentation that best highlights what the two chapters develop.
All the best!
Here are your pairs:
- Gonza – Lucía
- Juani – Cata R
- Tommy A – Delfi M U
- Bauti – Tommy B
- Nico M – Epi
- Agus S – Flor A
- Joaco – Jose C
- Catu – Pancho
- Mara – Luli G
- Luna – Agostina
- Rochi – Luz GF
If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact me! 🙂
Switching sides: defections at the Olympics.
The difficulty of life under the communist regime between 1945 and 1989 has been reflected in countless examples, the most striking one of them probably being related to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Look at Nadia Comaneci’s story and watch her performace in the Olympics.
This year, 2016, a new edition of Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro. For this reason, we are going to take a closer look at the stories of those sportsmen who lived behind the “Iron Curtain” to learn about their thoughts, ideas, hopes and concerns.
The proposal for this project is related to doing some further research on the countries you worked on before the Winter break. You will continue working on your groups and will have two basic tasks to complete:
- Choose the story of ONE or TWO sportsmen who defected from their countries due to life under communism. Explain who they were, what they did and the circumstances under which they defected. You may present the info in the form of an interview or a poster.
- Choose 3 exctracts from Gabriel G Màrquez’s book on your country that in your group’s view best portrays life in that country under the communist regime and illustrate it as a collage or a drawing.
3. Design a photo essay describing the most significant parts of the chapter, in your view, including music to accompany the images and extracts .
You will be able to work on this project in class on August 12th, the 19th and the 22nd.
Project deadline: August 26th.
It’s the dawn of a new project, a new challenge, a new experience for us in Senior 1. We are taking a plunge into the work of the League of Nations. Let’s warm up our engines watching this video made by History students.
Today, August 12th, you will be answering questions on the chapter of the League of Nations. Here are the instructions for the work:
- You can work in pairs, with the person sitting next to you.
- Create a post in your blog with the rubrics in this post and the questions.
- Answer the questions in your blog. If you do not have access to a computer, you may start answering your questions on paper.
- The final product, i.e. your answers, must be in a post in your blog.
DUE DATE: August 19th.