Tuesday, November 25, 2014

25th November (Tuesday)

Hi everyone! I am Cristina.

I'm going to tell you what we have done today in Social Sciences class:
First of all, we have waved the teacher as everyday, but the difference today is that José Luis has called the teacher "Paquita" (I don't know why).

Then, we have summarized what we learnt last day about Enlightened Despotism: the last years of the 18th century, there were some revolutions due to de Enlightened Despotism, which consisted in some European monarchs who adopted ideas of the Enlightenment for introducing changes in their kingdoms and for trying to preserve their absolute power. The made changes without asking for the population's permission. The administrative, educational and economic changes some monarchs made didn't satisfy most of the population, because they reformed only what they wanted to. They said "Everything for the people, but without the people".

We have established the date of the exam: we will take it on Thursday, 11th of December.

After that, we have spent nearly the whole lesson talking about the part B of the third point of the unit: The Independence of the British colonies of North America.
In the second half of the 18th century, there were 13 British colonies in North America. There were many protests against the metropolis, such as the reaction against the increase of the tea tax. This revolt caused the assault to a British ship by some colonists, who threw away all the tea cargo to the sea: the Boston Tea Party.

Then we have talked about the Declaration of Independence, written by Tomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to achieve the independence of the United States.

Finally, as most of the days, we have learnt something curious: we saw few days ago in the news that the president of the United States of America has issued a decree that legalizes 5,000,000 illegal inmigrants living in the USA. We have also talked about people who obtain visas to stay in the USA in exchange for having a stable job. This has reminded me a good example of what we have said: I saw that in a chapter of a TV series I like, one of the main characters has to look for a new job because if she doesn't find it in two months, they will deport her back to Canada.

In my opinion, today's lesson has been interesting and a bit different, because in stead of giving us a scheme to complete it, Paqui has given us some exercises to do from the Review.

I'd like to share with you a nice video about the Declaration of Independence:

 



4 comments:

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Cristina, it is COMPULSORY TO INCLUDE A PICTURE AT LEAST ON YOUR JOURNAL. I've said this many times.

And you could embed the video, instead of adding the link. Bye.

Gema Sánchez said...

Hi Cristina!!
I have liked a lot the video you have added. Mainly the part in which John Adams start to dance hahaha

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello,

These are my corrections to your text:

- First of all, we have said hello to the teacher as everyday, but the difference today is that José Luis has called the teacher "Paquita" (I don't know why).

Wave is only used if you use your hand to say hello or goodbye.

- Then, we have summarized what we learnt last day about Enlightened Despotism: the last years of the 18th century, there were some changes/reforms due to de Enlightened Despotism, which consisted of the fact that some European monarchs who adopted ideas of the Enlightenment to introduce changes in their kingdoms and to try to preserve their absolute power. They made changes without asking for the population's permission.


- We have set the date of the exam:

- In the second half of the 18th century, there were 13 British colonies in North America. There were many protests against the metropole, such as the reaction against the increase of the tea tax.


- Finally, as most of the days, we have learnt something curious: we saw few days ago in the news that the president of the United States of America has issued a decree that legalizes 5,000,000 illegal immigrants living in the USA. We have also talked about people who obtain visas to stay in the USA in exchange for having a stable job. This has reminded me a good example of what we have said: I saw that in a chapter of a TV series I like, one of the main characters has to look for a new job because if she doesn't find it in two months, they will deport her back to Canada.

- In my opinion, today's lesson has been interesting and a bit different, because instead of giving us a scheme to complete it, Paqui has given us some exercises to do from the Review.

I think the video is very interesting, because it shows the initial contradiction of the USA: claiming for freedom, but continuing to enslave other people, who were excluded from the rights given to the “citizens” when the USA got the independence from Great Britain.

Bye!

jose luis ocon said...

The video is very god and funny my congratulations Cristina