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What are the important places in your life?

In our Language class, we studied the difference between place and space. Here is a picture that my friens, Florencia Araya, shared. I find it very graphic and easy to understand.

place and space

Therefore, we were asked to get in pairs or groups of three, think of a place that we share and brainstorm some ideas that we could talk about to then create a piece of writing about it.

I worked with Florencia Araya and Gonzalo Vazquez Avila, and instead of discussing a place that we share, we decided to talk about our countryhouses, that, even though we haven’t been together to each other’s, we are all very fond of them.

 

If there is a perfect place on earth, for me, it would be my countryside. Located in the outskirts of the huge city of Buenos Aires, “La Ventura” has an enormous place in my heart. Every time I visit it, it is like a new adventure. I go there since I was born so it’s a very special place for me. I remember the first time I went horseback riding on my own (and not with my father). It was midday of a scorching hot summer day. I was utterly scared and my heart was beating faster and faster every second. My father and my brother were besides me, riding other horses. I held the reins strongly and started riding. It was something I had never felt before. I was in complete control and could go anywhere I wanted. The fresh air blowing on my face and the smell of freshly cut grass could be felt in an incredible way up there.

Another thing I enjoy at my countryside is rain. Rain isn’t so common there, but when it rains it’s like a party for my family, literally. My grandma starts singing and everybody is clapping because of the rain. It seems like we are a very strange family (indeed we are) but, everyone is happy because the crops will grow bigger. When it stops raining a delicious smell is left. It’s like a mixture of flowers, grass and water. It’s awesome.

 When the sun comes down and the moon rises, my cousins and I go outside the house. We visit the yard, all with jars in our hands, looking forward to finding fireflies. It’s a very funny activity and we compete with each other to be the person with more fireflies in their jars.

 When I talked about this experience with my friends, I found out that they all feel the same as regards their country sides. Talking with them about it made me feel and imagine their ideal places and I think it was a very interesting activity.

The Berlin Blockade

In history we are studying “The Cold War”. Since we are analyzing it deeply, we are now seeing “The Berlin Blockade” which was a very important event that occured in 1948. To understand this event fully and all of its causes and consequences, we had to do a task.

Firstly, we had to choose a video explaining the topic. Then, Lenny picked out from our selection of videos, the best ones. Secondly, using the material in our videos we had to complete a chart and answer some questions. Thirdly, we had to publish in our blogs the completed task. Here is mine!

CHART

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QUESTIONS

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?

Berlin was divided into two. The west part was capitalist and was divided into three zones: The French zone, the British zone and the American zone. The east part was communist and was under Soviet control. Berlin was devastated, it had suffered a lot and its people were also going through very harsh times.

  1. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?

The west part was capitalist and they wanted Berlin to grow and recover. In the other side, the communist part wanted to keep the country crippled.

  1. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?

Because it was symbol of union, the west side wanted to show their power and alliance. Also as a (major) plus, it was easier to trade and it gave an assured economic stability.

  1. Why was the airlift such a major feat?

The airlift showed this union the allies wanted to demonstrate. It showed power, they wouldn’t be doomed by the soviets. The capitalists found the way to go over communism.  Thanks to the airlift, the west part was improving whilst the east part was in decadency. The east part could see the capitalist prosperity and compared to their poverty it was really frustrating. Also, 11 months later, the Soviets retired the blockade because it wasn’t working. The capitalists were very intelligent with this strategy.

  1. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?

The tension during the airlift was very strong. The soviets thought it was a capitalist attack and they were prepared to shoot down the planes. Tension was the main protagonist at first but then the airlift were a daily thing so it just got common.

  1. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?

Stalin agreed to talk over the airlift because he saw the strength of the allies. They wouldn’t gave up so quickly as he had thought. Also, with the airlift the allies were giving even more help to Berlin that before the blockade. After 11 months of blockade, he opened communication and the airlift was over.

Specialisation of cells

Our biology teacher, Male Ravagnan gave us an activity. We had to look for images of different specialised cells. I worked with Agostina Alday and here is our work!

CILIATED CELL: It has cillium (tiny hairs) to protect our respiratory system.

ROOT HAIR CELLS: It increases the surface area for absorption.

XYLEM VESSELS: It has a thick cell wall to support the plant.

PALISADE MESOPHYLL CELL: It’s full of chloroplasts because it has a major role in photosynthesis.

NERVE CELLS: The Axon of the nerve cell is used to transmit the information in the form of electrical impulses.

RED BLOOD CELLS:   The cells have no nucleus, leaving more space for haemoglobin, and they are very flexible (they can be forced through even the narrowest of blood vessels).

SPERM CELLS:   It has a long tale called Flagellum which allows the cell to move to swim to the female reproduction system. It’s neck is full of mitochondria to give energy so that the flagellum can move.

EGG CELLS:  It has a light jelly layer outside the membrane to protect the cell.

 

The Manchurian Crisis

In history we are starting to deal with our first new topic: The Manchurian Crisis. Lenny, our teacher gave us a task. We had to watch a video about the crisis and then, answer some questions. Here is my work!

1)How does the video open? What might the connection between the League and the opening scenes in Poland be?

The video starts with aggressive images of Hitler’s SS taking over Poland. This shows how the league failed in maintaining peace, which was her principal objective.

2)What problems did Japan face? (Mention ALL of them)

Japan faced a few problems. One of them was that her population was growing more everyday (more than 1.000.000 mouths to feed) and she didn’t have enough resources for this growing population. Other problem related to the first one was that Japan didn’t have natural resources to exploit so they had to import (for example, food for the population). Also, a big problem that every European country was facing too was the Great Depression of the 30s, they didn’t have enough money to pay debts and they suffered unemployment as a consequence of the depression.

3)What was the role of the army in Japan?

The army had a great importance in Japan, she had even more importance than the politicians. They were in charge of the education system and they made the practice of martial arts for young people obligatory.

4)What did army leaders believe Japan needed?

Japanese army leaders thought that the only way to solve the crisis and the problems the population was facing was through expansion. They should expand their territory to eastern Asia.

5)What was the value of Manchuria?

Manchuria was important for the Japanese because it had what they needed: natural resources that they could exploit, land for the population and also they had the perfect excuse “the Chinese planted a bomb in our railways, now we are going to attack”. This, obviously was a lie.

6)What happened at Mudken?

The Japanese planted a bomb to their own railway so that they could blame China and have an excuse to invade. China appalled to the league.

7)What did the League do about it?

The league decided that Japan should leave Manchuria and Manchuria should become a independent country. China and Japan shouldn’t be involved anymore.

8)What was Japan’s reaction to the decision of the League?

Japan refused the decision so she left the League and kept Manchuria. The league couldn’t do anything since Japan was a very powerful country and no one could physically intervene.

History Source Work

Since this year we are sitting for the History IGCSE examination, we had been practicing how to analyze sources and relate them to different topics. This time, we had to scan with our cellphones some QR codes our teacher Lenny Ambrosini gave us. Depending on the codes, we had different sources (images). Some of them related to the depression in the USA, others related to Nazi Germany, and what my code had was a source related on the positive aspects of the 20s boom. I looked for other partners that had the same topic and started working. We had to analyze the sources all together (my group was: Catalina Grosso, Delfina Miy Uranga, Gonzalo Vazquez Avila, Nicolas Monguzzi  and Delfina Santayana) and then put the images we had in a collage. Here is the work, I hope you enjoy it!PicMonkey Collage

WORKERS-SKYSCRAPER-BOOM ON INDUSTRY

This is a primary source because it is a real photo that was taken in the 1920s. In this image you can see some workers eating and resting on scaffolding. This is a very interesting picture because it shows how many people were working on this kind of risky jobs, it can be deadly to be working on such high places without protection, this people probably used to be unemployed before. This picture is very characteristic of the 1920’s because this decade was a huge boom of house construction, and skyscrapers started appearing.

WOMAN SMOKING

This is a primary source, it seems to be a painting of a woman smoking which before the boom it was seem as a good habit. It show class and it made women look like men. They wanted to look like men so they could have the same rights.

NEWSPAPER-STOCK MARKET

This is a picture of the cover of a real 1920’s newspaper (primary source), here you can read titles that show prosperity, people encourage others to keep buying shares because as the title says, the stock market is going great, the people in the picture seem to be happy and well off. As we know, in the 1920’s people were enjoying life and getting easy money at the stock market, and even the government encouraged them to do so.