Friday, June 16, 2017

Some videos and songs about the Protestant Reformation

Here you have some videos and songs about the Protestant Reformation:

Causes of the Protestant Reformation:

Martin Luther Song by History Teachers:

The Protestant Reformation in a nutshell:

Reformation Rock:

Turning points in history: the Protestant Reformation:

Results of the Protestant Reformation:

Henry VIII's six wives, by Histoy Teachers:

Henry VIII and Anglicanism:

Presentation and videos of Renaissance art

Here you have the presentation and the videos we watched the other day about Renaissance art. You can draw inspiration from them for your projects:

Renaissance art video from TICE Art 1010:

Some videos about Leomnardo Da Vinci:

Some videos about Michelangelo:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Some videos to review Fascist Italy

Here you have some short videos that you can use to review Fascist Italy:

And this is a short vide that explains Mussolini's transformation from Socialist to Fascist:

Cult of violence:

Cult of Mussolini's personality:

Some videos and songs about the 1929 Crash, the Great Depression and the New Deal

The Great Depression in one minute:

Smart songs Rap about the Great Depression:

A song to review the New Deal:

Songs to review the Russian Revolutions

Karaoke version of ABBA's Gimme, Gimme, Gimme song to learn the 1917 Russian Revolution:

Peace, land and bread:

The sound of Stalin:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

National Episodes (Final chapters)

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These are the instructions for the final chapters of your family saga:


You are one of the children of the person who wrote chapters 7 and 8. You continue to work at a news-stand at the Puerta del Sol. As you sell newspapers and magazines, you are up to date with the main events of this period. In this chapter you will have to write in some specific dates, so that you can include the main historical contents of the Restoration period: 

- 1876: On this date you will have to explain the restoration of the monarchy with Alphonse XII, Cánovas del Castillo's plans for the new politica system, the features of the 1876 Constitution and the end of the 3rd Carlist War. You can explain the information you have about political changes and the end of the war as news you've read on the newspaper or comments of some of your clients. 

- 1879: On this date you will have to explain the end of the war in Cuba, the creation of the Conservative and Liberal Party and the founding of the PSOE in Casa Labra in Madrid. Even if the PSOE was illegal at that moment, you can know that it was founded because Casa Labra is very close to the Puerta del Sol and one of the waiters told you about that. 

- 1885: On this date you will have to explain the alternation of the dynastic parties in power and the manipulation of the elections, Alphonse XII's death and the beginning of Mª Christina of Habsburg's regency after El Pardo Agreement. One of you sons has to start working as an apprentice in a printing press. You will also receive an unexpected visit from your relatives in Andalusia. One of your cousins and his/her family come to visit you to Madrid and explain you that they lost their land because they got into debt and couldn't pay the money-lender. They've decided to migrate to Barcelona because they have known that textile industries need workers there and they think they can find a job and start a new life there. You will lend them some money to buy the train tickets to Barcelona. They will promise you to keep in touch through mail and give you the money back as soon as they can. 

- 1891: On this date you will have to explain the approval of the universal suffrage in 1890 and the first elections with this law. You will vote for one of the opposition parties (one of the republican parties) and will be deceived with the results due to electoral manipulation. Your son in the printing press becomes a PSOE member and explains you Marxist ideas, but you consider them too radical. 

You will also receive a letter from your relative in Catalonia explainig the industrialization of the city and the arrival of many immigrants from other provinces to work in the factories. Your relative is attracted by anarchism because the working conditions in the factories are very hard and he/she will explain you the debate between anarcho-syndicalism and propaganda by the deed. He/she has to reject violence. Your relative will also explain you the appearance of Catalanism

-1898: Here you will have to explain the founding of the PNV in the Basque Provinces,  the assassination of Cánovas de Castillo by an anarchist, the outbreak of the War of Cuban Independence and the war against the USA. One of your sons will be conscripted because you can't pay the redemption in cash to avoid the military service (1) and will die at the war.  

As you are very sad, one of your children will write about the 1898 disaster and the beginning of Alphonse XII's reign in 1902.  This person has to say that he/she wants to go on with the story. After what this person writes, you can include some broken sheets, as if someone had torn them out. 


Imagine that you are a contemporary person in 2017 who finds the diary of your family. Write a short conclusion about what you've read on the diary. 

(1) Redemption in cash: this was the money a family had to pay if they wanted that their son didn't go to the military service or to the war. Rich people paid to avoid their children to serve in the army. Poor people couldn't pay for it and always had to go to war. Republican parties and workers organizations claimed for the elimination of redemption in cash and wanted that everyone, no matter their wealth, did the military service. 

Here you have the presentation with the contents you will need to write the final chapters. You wil have to hand them in at the end of May. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Project: Do you think economics is difficult? It's not!

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With this new project we are going to explain economic concepts in an easy way, so that everybody can understand. Every group will work on a part of the unit  to explain the contents we have studied in class in a creative way. You can choose the way to explain every part. It can be: 

- A video with drawings. 
- A theater play recorded on video
- Some songs (a mini-musical)
- A comic strip telling a story. 
- A radio program

... or any other ideas you have. 

These are the contents every group will work on: 

GROUP 1: Economics. economic activities and economic sectors

GROUP 2: Factors of production and economic agents

GROUP 3: Taxes, tax evasion, tax havens... You can include an advertising campaign to convince people about the importance of paying taxes. 

GROUP 4: Labour market

GROUP 5: Economic systems: subsistence economy and capitalism

GROUP 6: Economic systems: centrally planned economy and alternative economics

GROUP 7: Economic crises and basic vocabulary (inflation, CPI/RPI, GDP, sovereign debt, Stock Exchange Market)

Modern Times

This is Charles Chaplin's full movie Modern Times, a very good film to understand the changes in industrial work as a consequence of mechanization:

Paying more or less taxes?

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If you are asked whether you like paying more or less taxes, almost everybody will answer "less".But maybe the question should be "Do you want to enjoy more or less public services?" If the question was this one, maybe the answer would be rather different.

Here you have some articles where you can check that the countries where people pay more taxes are those that enjoy more and better quality public services, those where poverty is lower, there are less economic differences and the needy get what they need to have a decent life:





Here you have vsome graphs in which you can compare the consequences in real life of paying more or less taxes and having more or less public services. The comparison is between Denmark and the USA:







Finally, here you have an animated video paid by the California Federation of Teachers to explain the consequences of paying less taxes and reducing the amount of money the wealthiest people pay: 

Do you continue to think that that paying lower taxes is better?

Tax havens and tax fraud

Here you have two short videos about how tax havens work and the cost of tax fraud in the EU:

And these are two short videos from AJ+ about how the big corporations avoid paying taxes:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Presentations about the economic organization of societies and economic sectors

These are the presentations that correspond to the units about Economics and the economic sectors. They will be useful for the new projects.

Subsidiarity principle

This is the short video to understand the subsidiarity principle, which means a distribution of tasks between the different administrations, so that the services that can be provided by one institution don't have to be provided by the others.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Left or right?

Here you have some schemes to understand the differences between left  and right wing parties:

Some short videos about the Industrial Revolution

Here you have a short video that explain the big changes the Industrial Revolution caused:

And this video explains the agricultural revolution:

Presentation of Unit 6

This is the presentation we are going to use to study Unit 6:


National Episodes (Part 2)

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These are the instructions to continue with the National Episodes project. The following chapters witll happen during these historical periods:



- ISABELLA II'S REIGN (1843-1868)



Your story starts in 1820. You are the youngest son of the man who worked for Goya in chapters 3 and 4. You were born in 1804, so you are 16 at the beginning of this chapter. Your father was sent to jail due to his liberal ideas and died there some years ago. You had to start working at the age of 12 as a fruit street seller in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Your father died in jail and you hate the absolutists. You have become a liberal, as your father was. 

Here you will have to explain Ferdinand VII's reign:

- Repression during the Absolutist Sexenio (1814-1820).

- Liberal Triennium (1820-1823)

- Ominous Decade (1823-1833)

During the Liberal Triennium you have to visit Goya  in his house (Deaf Man's House) and watch the Black Paintings on its walls. Give yor opinion about these paintings. Explain the main reforms of this period and the intervention of the Holy Alliance to restore absolutism. 

During the Ominous Decade you receive the news that Goya has decided to exile in France, because he can't stand absolutism. You have to explain the main events of this period, such as the loss of the colonies and the succession problem. 

In this chapter you have to get married and have some children. You have difficulties to make ends meet. 


In this chapter you will have to explain the period of the Regencies (1833-1843). This chapter starts in 1833. You are the same person as in chapter 5 and you are 29 years old.

The Carlist War has already started . The Army is offering a better salary than the one you earn and you've decided to become a soldier of the royal army. Your battalion will be destined to  the Basque Provinces and fight against the Carlists there. You will belong to Espartero's army and become his admirer. You will have to leave your family and won't come back home until the end of the war in 1839. You will send your salary to your familiy, so that they can survive. You will keep contact with them through the mail. 

You will have to explain the main events of the war and also comment on the division of the liberals and political changes of the liberal revolution  with your army comrades. You will have to become a supporter of the progressive party and one of your best friends has to be a supporter of the moderates.  

You will have to be happy when Espartero becomes the regent, but you have to become disappointed with his authoritarianism

At the end of this chapter you are 39 years old. 


In this chapter you will have to explain Isabella II's reign (1843-1868). You are one of the children of the man who wrote chapters 5 and 6. You continue to be a street seller in the Puerta del Sol, as your father was.  You have to start writing in 1854

Firts you will have to explain the main reforms and problems of the Moderate Decade. Your father re-enlisted in the army during the 2nd Carlist War (1847-1849) and died in the Catalan front. You have to choose which party you will support: the moderate party, progressive party ideas, the democratic party (created in 1849) or the Liberal Union (created in 1854). You have to speak about the corruption scandals that led to the 1854 revolution and your opinion about the reforms of the Progressive Biennium and the workers and peasants' disappointment because their lives aren't improving.

After this, you will have to explain the last period of Isabella II's reign, with the alternation of the Liberal Union and the moderates in government,  the exclusion of the progressives and the democrats, the increasing discontent againts the queen and repression against protests. You have to be very impressed about the Saint Daniel's Night events in the Puerta del Sol and join those who want to overthrow Isabella II's monarchy. Give your opinion about the disgusting watercolour paintings about the queen and her lovers.

This is a link to understand the Saint Daniel's Night events:

Here you have the link to the watercolours called The Naked Bourbons, attributed to the Bécquer brothers:

Don't forget to tell about your personal life too.


The content of this chapter will refer to the Democratic Sexenio (1868-1874). 

In this chapter you are the same person as in chapter 7. You will participate in the 1868 Glorious Revolution and be excited with the new reforms of the Provisional Government. As there was freedom of the press, a lot of newspapers were published and you have decided to open a newstand in the Puerta del Sol. Every day you will have to wake up very early to pick up the main newspapers and sell them in your shop.

You have to include all the news of this period: the outbreak of a war in Cuba, the search for a king, General Prim's assassination, Amadeus of Savoy's reign, the beginning of the 3rd Carlist War, the 1st Republic and its problems, General Pavía's coup d' État and the restoration of the monarchy with Alphonse XII through a new coup d'État led by General Martínez Campos in December 1874. Give your opinion and include people who participate in all these events in your diary.

One of your children will be the protagonist of the following chapters.

Read the notes of Unit 5 before starting to write and watch the presentations with the historical contents you have to include:

The deadline to hand in these chapters will be the following:

- CHAPTERS 5 AND 6: 3rd March

- CHAPTERS 7 AND 8:  24th of March. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Presentations for Unit 5

Here you have them:

Some short videos about the European Union

These are some short videos that explain the history, purposes and way the European Union works:

And these videos refer to the consequences of the referendum celebrated in the United Kingdom last year, whose result will mean the exit of this country from the EU:


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Project: Create your political party

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If you look around, you will discover that political decisions affect every aspect of our lives, whether we like it or not. That's why it's important that you learn how it works and start thinking what kind of society you would like to live in.

The purpose of this project is that you think of how you would like the main challenges of our society to be solved. You will have to create a political party and write your political program. You will have to think about how you would face the main problems the country or the town has. You can also prepare a logo, a slogan, brochures, posters, merchandising objects for the political campaign..., but the political program is the main thing.

Here you have some items to think about:

- UNEMPLOYMENT: How could you create more jobs?

- PEOPLE'S RIGHTS: Would you  enlarge or restrict people's rights? Which ones?

- TAXES: Would you increase or reduce taxes? Who should pay more? What percentage of people's income should everybody pay? How would you punish tax evaders?

- ENVIRONMENT: How would you protect the fauna and the flora?

- POLLUTION: How would you reduce pollution?

- SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: How would you combine economic development with respect to the environment?

- TRANSPORT: What means of transport would you promote?

- HOUSING: What would you do to ensure decent housing?

- EDUCATION: How would you improve the education system?

- HEALTHCARE: How would you improve the healthcare system?

- ENERGY SOURCES: What energy sources would you promote and how?

- CRIME: How would you reduce crime? Would you change the laws that punish criminals? Would  you promote reintegration of criminals?

- SECURITY: How would you make the country safer?

- YOUTH: What would you do for young people?

- RETIRED PEOPLE: What would you do for retired people?

- DEPENDENT POPULATION: What would you do to improve their life quatity?

- SCIENCE: How would you encourage scientific research?

- SOCIAL SERVICES: What social services would you provide? Would you enlarge them or reduce them?

- REDUCTION OF POVERTY: What would you do to reduce poverty?

- RELIGION: Would you change anything in this sense?

- LEISURE TIME: Would you subsidize leisure time activities?Which ones?

- DEMOGRAPHIC PROBLEMS: How would you solve the demographic problems we have?

- IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM: What would be your policy about this topic?

- ORGANIZATION OF THE STATE: Would you change the levels of organization of the State?

- DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION: How would you promote citizen political participation

These are only suggestions of topics you can include in your program. You can include everything you consider important for the country or the town.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some videos about Francisco de Goya's paintings

This is a very complete documentary hosted by famous art historian Robert Hughes. You can learn a lot about Goya if you watch it:

 And this short video includes Goya's Black Paintings, some of the most breathtaking images of art 

Some short videos about the United Nations

On this short video you will learn how the United Nations work and what their purpose is:

How the United Nations Security Council works:


How effective is the UN?


 How powerful is the UN?


Some videos about democracy

On this short video you can have a quick overview about democratic political systems:


 This other video gives a more specific explanation of its key features:


 And this is a short history of democracy throughout history: