Friday, January 25, 2013

Project about Spain in the 19th century

Fernando VII Isabel IIAlfonso XII

Ferdinand VII, Isabella II and Alphonse XII

This is the basic information you will need for the projects about the history of Spain in the 19th century: 

Deadline: 4th March. You will have five weeks to prepare your projects.

Topic: the different periods of the Spanish history during the 2nd half of the 19th century:

-         Ferdinand VII´s reign (1814-1833)
-         Mª Cristina and Espartero´s Regencies (1833-1843)
-         Isabella II´s reign (1843-1868)
-         The Glorious Revolution and the Democratic Sexenio (1868-1874)
-         Restoration (1875-1902)

The project will consist of preparing either a comic strip of at least four pages or a short video (not more than 10 minutes) and explaining the main facts of every historical period.

The project will have to include some basic parts:
-         An introduction
-         The main figures of every period
-         Main facts 
-         A conclusion with the most important concepts

And, of course, the explanation has to be clear and easy to understand.

If you choose the video option, you can make your drawings on paper, on a whiteboard or you can make Plasticine puppets. Here you have some examples of what you could do:

- Paper drawings: 

 - Whiteboard drawings: 

- Plasticine puppets:

If you film a video, you will have to upload it to the Youtube account I will provide you. I´ll send you the password by e-mail when you´re ready to upload your work. 

Organization: groups of three students. Tomorrow we´ll have a lottery to decide what historical period every group is going to work on. You will have to make sure that every member of the group works. If you film a video, all members will have to speak. If you make a comic strip, all the members of the group will have to explain their project to the class.   

Sources of information: the text book and the PowerPoint presentations we use in class can be a good starting point. You can also use Internet sources of books of History, but remember that they have to be trustworthy.

Useful advice:

Although design is a decisive part of this project, don´t forget that content is the most important thing. That´s why you should start preparing a good scheme of the period and an outline of the different parts you are going to develop.

After this, you should research on the historical period you have to work on: the physical aspect of the most important figures, anecdotes, satirical newspapers and magazines of that time.

When you have all the information you need, it will be time to write the script of what you´re going to say/write. You can send me the script to check grammar or correct mistakes before the 24th February.

Finally, you can start preparing the material part of the project.

Assessment: I will take different aspects into account: historical accuracy of the contents, clarity in the development of the ideas, creativity and originality. A good project should include all these requirements. When you finish your projects, you will have to fill an assessment sheet, to give a mark to every member of the group. Remember that, if you fail the project, you will have to take an exam of the whole content, not only the part you´ve worked on.

Finally, here you have the links to the projects the students of last year did. It´s just to make an idea of what you can do:

All these projects can be improved. I hope you will have original ideas and work hard. 

POSTSCRIPT: As we haven´t had time for the lottery, I´ll distribute the different topics between the 10 groups. You will receive an e-mail with the title of your project, just in case you want to start working this long weekend.

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