The start of the Cold War: Looking back on my work.

  1. Which activities helped me the most?
    1. Flipgrid. For this activity we recorded ourselves explaining a specific topic and were able to see the videos of the other students as well. I had never used this app before in any subject, and I find it very practical and useful. I think it was a good idea to work with it because listening to your classmates explaining something makes it more dynamic and interesting than reading it. Besides, recording myself talking was better than writing because it made it more fun and simple. https://flipgrid.com/4dd1a3c4
    2. The Multiple Intelligencies tasks. In this ativity we did a presentation in pairs (I worked with Carolina Cremona) and worked with the Cold War in different original activities, using multiple intelligencies. Although I had my preferences with the tasks we were given, I found all of them original. The human sculpture, the writing of the song and the collages and maps made it easy to study afterwards and I enjoyed working on them. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1T4f9MOL7YiLOuD2_wCanqXvEGziRIghMdnwQvB7gztw/edit#slide=id.g7fc080d8d1_0_13
    1. The handwritten essay question. In this activity we did an essay in paper, to practice for our IGCSE exam. As for this activity we had already had the exam and I had already received feedback on my work, I had a clear and fresh idea of what I should write about when I started doing so. Moreover, as the essay question I had to analyze was about the blame of Stalin and Truman as regards the start Cold War, it made me go deeper into the analysis of this opposing ideologies and how both of them contributed to the start of it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Omg957wh7lqDRl8yhqVRaXhyZR_yB6yu/view

2. Which activity could I have done better?

I think that one activity I could have worked better on was the test in which we used Google Forms. I did not manage my time well and therefore spent a lot of time giving long answers when I could have made them more brief and spent the spare time working on the others, which I had to answer very fast. Nevertheless, once we were given feedback, it was very useful to understand my mistakes in the questions, as it cleared up things.

3. Self Evaluation.

Taking into account my attendance, participation in class and quality of my work (individually and in groups) I would give myself an 8.5. This is because I work a lot during class and ask questions if I have any doubt, but last Monday I was absent because I went to my countryside. As regards my work, I think that my biggest mistake is that I sometimes focus a lot in a task (specially the ones at the beginning) and not so much in others. As a consequence I end up having a long and complete result in one of them but maybe a short and poor result in the spare ones.

Resolution! A good resolution to take into account for the remaining time of this term would be managing better my time; specially because it is a key for the exam we are having. I may know all the answers, but if I cannot put them on time in the paper, that will end up affecting my final mark.

The abyssinian invasion

History Homework 

1- Why did Italy invade Abyssinia in 1935?

2- What were the British, French and German reactions to the invasion?

3- What was the League of Nation’s reaction?

4- What was the Hoare-Laval Pact? What impact did it have on the League?

5- “It is us today. It will be you tomorrow.” Who said this, where and why?

6- What did Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain sign between 1936 and 1941?

Answers

  1. She did it as revenge because of the failure of her previous invasions. Italy invaded Abyssinia because she was worried about Germany’s rearmament, Hitler’s power and her union with Austria. They were competing (imperialism). Also, the aim was to distract her people from the económicas crisis the country was going through. 
  2. They do not object to Italy doing this. Hitler shared Mussolini’s idea of expanding his empire. 
  3. It generated a trade ban that prohibited the selling of oil, so that they couldn’t have a modern army. However, the USA continued trading with Italy. 
  4. Hoare: British Politician, Laval: French politician. They attempted to do a Secret Deal outside the LoN with Mussolini. In this deal Mussolini would receive the best parts of Abyssinia and the poorer parts would be left independent. However the public got to know about the deal. What left France and Britain in a terrible and disappointing position for its people as they were the main members of the LoN and where going against what they personally proposed. 
  5. Haile Selassie said this, the Emperor of Ethiopia. It was in a speech he made for the League of Nations.
  6. Italy, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern pact, trying to stop communism and promising to help each other if they were threatened by communists. In 1936, Spain signed the pact too. 

I see I think I wonder

I see

  • I see a family
  • They have just had a baby
  • They are in front of an eagle
  • A cat
  • A sunflower
  • Food
  • A tree

 

I think

  • They are farmers
  • They are a wealthy family
  • The father has come back from war
  • It is propaganda

 

I wonder:

  • If that is before or after hyperinflation
  • Where they are
  • If they are overproducing

 

History Activity

Our teacher Lenny Ambrosini told us to explain the following ideas with a YouTube video, afterwards we had to define it with our own words:

  • Inflation
  • Hyperinflation
  • Hyperinflation in Germany in the 1920s

Inflation and Hyperinflation

We chose this video because it explained very clearly the definition of inflation and also included a short concept of hyperinflation too. At the end of it a short summary was given that refreshed all the ideas of the video. It gave great examples that made it really easy to understand.

Hyperinflation in Germany in the 1920s

We chose this video because it had many images that represented very well the worthless value of money in the 1920’s in Germany. Also it made clear examples as the previous video about the situation in Germany.

Our definitions:

Inflation: It is when the government starts printing extra money to pay debts. Printing money is sometimes find as a kind of solution for the problem of having debts but it actually causes more problems as the money becomes worthless and prices rise.

Hyperinflation: It is when prices change all the time by rising and money has basically no value as so much money is printed. It is a very accelerating and high type of inflation that causes a lot of damage to the economy of a country. Egg: Zimbabwe, Germany (1920`s).

The big three-the conference of Versailles conversation

In our History class we have been working in the ending of World War 1 and the treaty the peacemakers would agree to do after the ending of it taking into account what each of them wanted and the consquences of that. Our teacher, Lenny Ambrosini, has posted in her blog some possible conversations between them that some students in 2016 did.

My favourite conversation was the one between Abril Teran Frias, Anouk De La Ferrare and Juana Elias. The conversation first gave an introduction of the ending of the war and also some important details about the peacemakers of each country. This reminded me better what each of the representatives of the countries would want according to what they had been through. Something that I liked a lot was that in the conversation the complete name of each peacemaker was written when it was their turn to talk. This helped me because in most of the other conversations only the initials of the names of the peacemakers were written and sometimes I got confused or lost when reading. I think that the ideas were very organized, first they started talking about the compensations for the war that each country would receive, then they continued with the Fourteen Points of Peace that Woodrow Wilson made, and finally they talked about the punishments for Germany. To finish the conversation they added a kind of “sum up” said by Wilson that summerized what the conversation had been about. This was great because if you had not understand something just by reading the end you could have a good idea of what had happened in the part you didn´t understand because of this conclusion. The conversation is very complete and clear.

 

History Questions

In our last History class we watched a video and answered some questions that are in the blog of our teacher.

Here are the answers:

1. arguments for the term of “war guilt for Germany”

-In early August 1914 it didnt take much for Germany to declare war and to invade territory, only a few days.

arguments against “war guilt for Germany”:

-The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in which she wasn’t involved.

2. The term that followed war guilt for Germany was reparations. In 2013 they were $400 billion dollars aproximately that Germany spent on reparations. Nowadays it would be a total of $60 billion dollars. This was not only payed with money but also with resources (gold,gas,petroleum, etc.) This had an impact on the German economy as it was so much money. The reparations also humilliated many germans.

3. To prevent another war Germany was left with only 100.000 soldiers in her army and without battleships. The peacemakers were trying to prevent Germany from starting another war as they knew she would possibly seek for revenge.

4. Germany lost a lot of colonies because of the Treaty, they were Alsace-Loraine, Poland, colonies in Africa, in China and in the Pacific Ocean. All of them were given to the allies. Wilson disliked this because he wanted self-determination and by giving the colonies to the allies what he wanted wouldn’t happen.

5) This were the new nations created after WW1:

  • Poland
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Yugoslavia
  • Hungary
  • Bosnia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

 

 

History Poster WW1

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In History we all did presentations about WW1 related to trench warfare, new weapons and technology, propaganda and the home front. I worked with Mora Malenchini, Pilar Omodeo and Joaquín Greco.

My topic was new weapons and technology and I mostly used the websites provided in our History teacher´s blog that are the following ones:

World War One – Weapons

http://www.teacheroz.com/wwi.htm#weapons

My topic talked about the weapons and technology used in World War 1. In my presentation I said which ones they were and explained some things about them. I also showed some pictures. The new technology and weapons were the following ones: torpedoes, tear gas, phosgene, airplanes, chlorine, zeppelins, machine guns, rifles and mustard gas. I learnt why some of them stop being used like for example the zeppelins and which ones replaced them, which of them were more powerful and most feared by the soldiers, which ones were the most used ones and many other things.

Finding a tool for our digital poster wasn´t easy. We did it three times and had to start again because of different problems. We didn´t know how to write and although we tried we could not do it. We couldn’t add pictures and every time we saved it we lost all the presentation. Because of this we tried with an app called Canva that made it easier to work. With this tool we learnt how to do all the things that with the others we couldn’t and this is because the app explained everything very clear.

Finding information for my topic was easy. I am very interested on History during the WW1 and specially on weapons so I had a lot of fun working with this topic and remembered things easily. I think that for my part I deserve a 9 or an 8.5 because I really tried my best to understand everything clearly and before presenting I read what I had written before to refresh the ideas of the topic. As a group in my opinion we deserve an 8 because although we had problems with the apps we used we found a solution and got together to work on it.

Here it is: