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If you want to know about King Henry VIII and this period of history in England, watch the film The Other Boleyn Girl.

The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory. It is a romanticized account of the lives of 16th-century aristocrats Mary Boleyn, one-time mistress of King Henry VIII, and her sister, Anne, who became the monarch's ill-fated second wife, though much history is distorted.





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Hello everybody !!

This morning I want to show you this printable about the Braille System that I have used with my 15-year-old students from my CLIL History class (English level, intermediate CEFR B1). It consists of a warming up activity to motivate them to learn about the topic and to check their prior knowledge on the topic, a reading text, some reading comprehension questions, a couple of vocabulary activities, a collaborative exercise and some final discussion points to deal with in a heads-together activity. You will also find the answer key and a printer-friendly versiĆ³n of the text.

I have done this activity when we were dealing with the different systems of communications that we humans have been using from prehistory to present-day society.

Braille is a form of communication that allows blind people to read, write, do math and even compose music and which was developed in the 1820s by Louis Braille. It's not a langua, but a system that can be used by blind people to read or write most of the world's languages.


Hope you find it useful... Let me know your feedback and remember,... always have fun !!








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Wonders of the World would never be so clear and close to you after working with this unit especially designed to cover the following wonders:

Part 1: Ancient Wonders of the World

Part 2: The New 7 Wonders of the World

Part 3: the New 7 Wonders of Nature

Four end-of-unit activities.

Glossary with key words.

Answer keys.

Following Bloom's Taxonomy and the relevance of high-order thinking in developing our students' critical thinking, there are four extra activities along the unit (which is clearly marked with a "thinking head symbol")

You can watch some short videos on this topic on the following links:

Egyptian Empire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU1icQ-Cr4Q

Mayan Empire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4LYrU_rDOU

Great Wall of China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvKtIbO5W0g

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful !!



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Mesopotamia, from Nomads to Farmers





Mesopotamia, cradle of civilizations, from the Greek language, means 'land between rivers'. It includes the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, and the fertile land which surrounds them. It is part of the Fertile Crescent. Mesopotamia today is split. Most of it is in Iraq.

The area is often called the 'Cradle of Civilization'. The ancient writing called cuneiform was first used around 3000 BC by the Sumerians. They lived in city-states (a city and the land around it). According to Genesis in the Old Testament, Abraham lived in Mesopotamia before moving to Canaan.


Historically important cities in Mesopotamia included Uruk, Nippur, Nineveh, and Babylon. Some of the important historical Mesopotamian leaders were Ur-Nammu (king of Ur), Sargon (who started the Akkadian Kingdom) and Hammurabi (who established the Old Babylonian state).

Many advances in technology were made by the ancient Sumerians and Mesopotamians, such as irrigation, and trade by river, and flood control. Mesopotamians had agriculture and domesticated animals, or livestock, from the earliest records. Babylon is probably the first city built by settled people. Mesopotamia also was the place where the wheel was first used. First it was a pottery wheel that was used to make clay pots, then Sumerians adapted it for transport

You will find a worksheet printable about the video on Mesopotamia in the following link:


The objective of this activity is to learn about this civilization and also learn English.

The printable consists of the following sections:
* Introduction
*Visual vocabulary
*Comprehension questions
*Interesting facts
* HIgh-order thinking question

CEFR B1+ Intermediate

Total Pages 4 student's printable + 4 answer key
Answer Key Included
Teaching durations: About 55 minute


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Seven manmade wonders of the world


This printable deals with seven manmade wonders of the world: Chichan Itza in Mexico, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Taj Mahal in India, Machu Pichu in Peru, Petra in Jordan, the Great Wall of China and the Colosseum in Italy.

Find the downloadable printable in the following link:



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Mummification in Ancient Egypt

Mummification was quite common among pharaoh and noblemen in Ancient Egypt, since they believed they were going to need their bodies in the afterlife. In this short video, you can understand in a clear way how a corpse was transformed into a mummy.


You can find the worksheet for your students in the following link (activity and answer key):




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