Sep 11, 2018

Initial presentation 4ºESO

Find here the intro powerpoint we are using in class.

Initial presentation 3ºESO

Dear everyone,

Here you will find the initial presentation I used to explain you what you can expect during the year in History. Open it, save it, refer to it whenever you have a question or doubt.

And here is the booklet for the I, Rip van Winkle project.


Jun 7, 2018

For all who start 4ºESO in 2918 September: Summer Research

Dear all in 3ºESO now and in 4ºESO from 2018 September on,

Do a research on NEW AGE (19th CENTURY) IMPERIALISM in the summer. Make a booklet. Read the detailed instructions below and do the tasks in the booklet. Write the answers with word processor and staple the printed pages to make the booklet. Bring and present it on the firt days of school in September.

1.      Create an intro page with general information
              - p.338. Answer the two blue questions briefly
- watch these film extracts and describe the major differences between the armies, the armaments and the chances of each half to win the battle.
Research who the “legionaries” and the “Bedouins” were.
Research what the Boer War and the Battle of Bronkhorstspruit was
- define “imperialism” and find how many phases it had already had by the late 19th century (look for info on the web)

2.      Create a section for Africa
- read the chapter “Case Study: Nigeria” (pp.345-350) and make an outline about what and why the Europeans did in the colonies. Imagine you are a native in one of these colonies and write a letter of complaint.
- research online who David Livingston and Henry Morton Stanley were and make a section showing images, basic info and a map where they went and met
- research online Leopold, King of Belgium and the Belgian behaviour in the Congo, find images and show them in another section
- draw a map of Africa with different colours for the territories occupied by different European powers; complete the map with little textboxes about the “factors promoting imperialism in Africa” (p.341.)
- Find and show a picture about the Berlin Conference, research the details and the main decisions. Show them in another section.
- Read the parts about the Zulu-British war and the Boer-British War, write key-facts and find images to decorate a section about it. Watch this ( and this ( online and describe the scenes.
- p.343. Compare the maps (Imperialism in Africa in 1913 vs. Imperialism in Africa 1878) and describe the differences and write what must have happened. Insert the maps on the page of yours
- Research the life of Cecil Rhodes. Find the TV series about his life and watch a few episodes, if you like. Evaluate his character: is he a positive or negative figure for you? Why? Insert your text and some images.
- Read on p.348 how the Africans resisted. Imagine you are a British coloniser soldier. Write a short letter to your friend back in London and tell him what the Africans did to you.

3.      Create a section for the “Reasons and consequences of imperialism”
-  read and understand Social Darwinism (pp.340-341.) and make a poster trying to advertise the main ideas of Social Darwinism. Then write a few lines by someone who hates the idea of Social Darwinism.
- read the “Legacy of the Colonial Rule” (p.350) section and make a table with negative and positive consequences of the colonial rule.
- Read the opinions in section “Views of Imperialism” (p.351) and list some reasons with which “imperialists” justified their colonial rule.

4.      Create a section for “The Muslim Lands”
- paste the map on p.353 and “read” how the Ottoman Empire lost territories; write the changes in a paragraph below the map
- read the section “The Ottoman Empire Loses Power” (p.352) and summarise it in a few lines
- find the picture about Afghan King Amir here ( and describe what the “Great Game was and how the image shows it. (further info: p.354)
- read about the opening of the Suez Canal on page 355 and together with an image, present it in your booklet; then find information and images about the Suez canal now and present it too.

5.      Create a section for India
- Look at the map of p.358 and say (1) what territories the British ruled in Asia and (2) what powers meant “competition” for the Brits
- read page 357 and 358 and explain (1) what the “jewel in the crown” means and (2) what impacts the British rule had on India
- find what the most important goods were in the British-Indian trade
- find the current price of a good Indian tea and calculate how much profit you could do with a 4-ton cargo of tea nowadays
- describe the image on page 359 and identify the major problem of the Indians with the colonisers
- What were the major reasons, events and consequences of the Sepoy Mutiny? Make a three-column table based on what you read on page 359-360

6.      Create a section for China
- Look at the map on p.369 and answer (1) how many European powers were “interested” in China and (2) to which country Manchuria and Korea belonged to
- What is opium? Research it on the web and find what effects it has on the human body. How did the British use opium to gain influence in China? Read the section on page 371.
- Research what were the reasons-events-consequences of the two Opium Wars in China. You can also watch this video: Make a flowchart for each.
- Read p.374 and describe what the Open Door Policy was. Include also information from the map about what nations took advantage of tis Chinese policy.
- Describe the reasons and the main events of the Boxer Rebellion. Read p.374-375 or watch the video here:

7.      Create a section for Japan
- Watch this short video ( about “shogunate” and write the 5 major points of the regime before 1868 in Japan
- Read on page 376 what the Treaty of Kanagawa was and describe how Japan´s reaction to foreign influence was different from the Chinese one.
- Research Emperor Meiji: who was he, what did he do in Japan, what were the results of his actions? Present him with photos.
- Read the pages 377-379 and describe briefly the Japanese wars against China, Korea and Russia (reasons-events-consequences

8.      Make a huge mind-map about the previous sections. Put “Imperialism” in the centre and the different sections as the next links. Then, the rest is up to you. Think what the best way is to present visually your knowledge.

      9. Decorate your booklet wherever you can with further images, symbols.