jueves, 10 de octubre de 2013


What is emotion?

Emotions seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. We choose activities and hobbies based on the emotions they incite.

 "An emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioral or expressive response."

During the 1980s, Robert Plutchik introduced another emotion classification system known as the "wheel of emotions." This model demonstrated how different emotions can be combined or mixed together, much the way an artist mixes primary colors to create other colors. Plutchik suggested that there are 8 primary emotional dimensions: happiness vs. sadness, anger vs. fear, trust vs. disgust, and surprise vs. anticipation. These emotions can then be combined in a variety of ways. For example, happiness and anticipation might combine to create excitement. link
What do you think about emotions?
When you feel these emotions: fear, trust, pain, sadness, interest. joy, anger, interest?
Do you think that emotions affect our lives?
Look for examples where the emotions change one life

jueves, 6 de junio de 2013

Core Democratic Values and global citizenship

A Game about Core Democratic Values is here, we play and we learning the 10 Core Democratic Values.

We will make a work around Core Democratic values.
  • We will  investigate what  features have these core Democratic Values.
  • What is Democratic Citizenship?
  •  Why is Exercising Democratic Citizenship Important?
  •  Why Is Teaching About Democratic Citizenship Important?
  • Are we  learning the democratic values of public good, mutual care, tolerance, social justice, political agency, and moral leadership?
  • Do we know about problems in our community and nation? 
  • In the common life, are we hearing all sides of an issue, not just the obvious pros or cons? 
  • Do we possess thinking skills such as "critical reasoning, problem solving, decision making, perspective-taking, divergent thinking – constructing hypotheses, and evaluating evidence"
  •  Do we believe that by being active in our democracy they can make a difference?
The work have to answer these questions, making a personal reflexion, but is possible   that the way to made it could be   different: a video, a presentation, a mural,...

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2013

Work with the songs

With the last  songs  you have to  choose  the main ideas  it relate with the Human rights
Look for different songs   that you know, to talk  about the Human rights

jueves, 14 de marzo de 2013

Sunday, Bloody Sunday (U2)

I can't believe the news today
Oh, I can't close my eyes
And make it go away
How long...
How long must we sing this song
How long, how long...
'cause tonight...we can be as one

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

And the battle's just begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters
Torn apart

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

How long...
How long must we sing this song
How long, how long...
'cause tonight...we can be as one

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Oh, wipe your blood shot eyes
(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)

And it's true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die

(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)

The real battle just begun
To claim the victory Jesus won

Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sunday Bloody Sunday.

The Human Rights in music: Get up, stand up

Songwriters: MARLEY, BOB / TOSH, PETER
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Preacher man, don't tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don't know
What life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold;
'Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. come on!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!

Get up, stand up! (jah, jah! )
Stand up for your rights! (oh-hoo! )
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
Don't give up the fight! (life is your right! )
Get up, stand up! (so we can't give up the fight! )
Stand up for your rights! (lord, lord! )
Get up, stand up! (keep on struggling on! )
Don't give up the fight! (yeah! )

We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game -
Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (what you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah! )

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (in the morning! git it up! )
Stand up for your rights! (stand up for our rights! )
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (don't give it up, don't give it up! )
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
Stand up for your rights! (get up, stand up! )
Get up, stand up! (... )
Don't give up the fight! (get up, stand up! )
Get up, stand up! (... )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! /fadeout/

jueves, 14 de febrero de 2013

Evolution of human rights

Watch the Documentary

The concept of human rights has evolved through different phases in human history. A general definition of human rights is that they are the "rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled". Philosophers and thinkers advocating the concept of human rights are of the view that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being human.

Human Rights Concept is egalitarian and Universal
Therefore human rights are universal and egalitarian in their concept. Human beings cannot be treated on unequal terms in the application of human rights norms. These human rights can be in the form of shared norms of actual human moralities, as justified moral norms or natural rights. They can also be in the form of legal rights either in the local legal system or in the international law. In spite of the development of human rights concept over ages through historical phases, there are no precise or specific norms to suggest what constitute human rights and what do not. In consequence, the incidence of heated debates in human right issues is increasing in resonance with the growth of human rights awareness across the global spectrum.

Modern Human Rights Movement from the Post World War II Period
Human rights in its modern conception developed after the World War II and the Holocaust and the consequent Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Admittedly, the usage of the term "human rights" has evolved in recent times. But the concept of human rights has its intellectual foundations in the history of philosophy and the concepts of natural law rights and liberties dating back to the days of ancient Greek city states and the days of the Roman Law.

Modern Developments in Human Rights
Human rights concept in the modern times is the result of the enlightenment concept of natural rights evolved through the views of John Locke and Immanuel Kant. In the development of human rights, the United States Bill of Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen have significant roles. It is important to note that Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) upholds the need of human rights in these words: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

No Precise Starting Point for Human Rights in History
The concepts of rights and liberty existed form the ancient times. But it is not very clear as to whether they had the present meaning of the term ‘human rights’. Aristotle also wrote the citizens right to property and participation in public affairs. But universal human rights were never a concept entertained by the ancient Greeks or Romans thoughts. Hence, slavery was justified as a natural condition. Even Magna Carta was not a charter of human rights. It was rather a document to address specific political circumstances.

Human Rights in the 16th and 17th Centuries
The legal interpretations of human rights in their modern form can be found in the Twelve Articles (1525). They are deemed the first record of human rights in Europe. They were the result of the peasants' demands of the Swabian League in the German Peasants' War. Later in 1689, the English Bill of Rights and the Scottish Claim of Right made several governmental measures illegal.

Human Rights in the 18th Centaury
The 18th century revolutions in the United States (1776) and in France (1789), paved the way for the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen respectively. Through these declarations, some legal rights of citizens were recognized. Another epoch-making declaration was the Virginia Declaration of Rights of. The Virginia Declaration facilitated the recognition of a number of fundamental civil rights and civil freedoms.

18th and 19th Century Philosophers
In the 18th and 19th centuries philosophers such as Thomas Paine, John Stuart Mill and G. W. F. Hegel infused much life in to the concept of human rights and the concept got more clarity of though Paine's ‘The Rights of Man’ and William Lloyd Garrison's ‘The Liberator’ which he wrote for "the great cause of human rights".

The Eventful 19th Centaury for Human Rights
In the 19th century, the concept of human rights has found its most manifest actions in the cause of slavery. In Britain, William Wilberforce’s efforts led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire by the Slave Trade Act 1807 and the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. By mid-19th century, slavery had been abolished most of the United States. After the American Civil War and reconstruction period there came a number of amendments to the United States Constitution. The 13th amendment banned slavery in America and the 14th amendment ensured full citizenship and civil rights to all people born in the United States. Again, the 15th amendment went a step further and it guaranteed voting right to African Americans.

Freedom Movements in the 20th Century
In the 20th century, the efforts of several groups and movements have managed to achieve profound social changes all over the world. Labor movements in Western Europe and North America; labor unions and women's rights movements, etc. helped in creating more awareness about human rights. National liberation movements such as that led by Mahatma Gandhi to liberate his native India from British rule also helped in the propagation of human rights principles.

Task: Make a Timeline about the main dates and men in the Human rights advances

miércoles, 23 de enero de 2013

The lord of the flies

 Looking  for  the answers of The lord of the flies

What is a theme of Lord of the Flies?
 What does the beast symbolize in Lord of the Flies?
What does Ralph consider their primary objective in Lord of the Flies?
In what ways does Golding present the theme of conflict through Ralph and Jack? 
How does Jack propose to rule without the conch in Lord of the Flies?
How do you explain how the boys could attack Simon for the beast in Lord of the Flies?
In Lord of the Flies why do the boys refuse to build a shelter in Chapter 5? 
In Lord of the Flies, where does Ralph get the idea for using the conch to speak at meetings?
What events led to Piggy's death in Lord of the Flies?
What are 2 ways Piggy changes throughout Lord of the Flies?
Why is Simon the only one to doubt the existence of a beast? 
What are Jack's plans for Ralph
Who do you hold the most responsible for Simon’s death, Ralph, Jack, Simon, the group as a whole? Provide a well written response 
What do Piggy's glasses symbolize in Lord of the Flies?
In Lord of the Flies, chapter 8, what does The Lord of the Flies say about Simon? About the other boys? About the beast?
How does the writer explore the corruption of humanity in Lord of the Flies? 
What are the most important aspects to note in the Lord of the Flies?

jueves, 17 de enero de 2013

Introducing human rights

Human rights belong to everyone. They are the basic rights we all have simply because we are human, regardless of who we are, where we live or what we do. Human rights represent all the things we need to flourish and live together as human beings. They are expressed in internationally agreed laws, and cover many aspects of everyday life ranging from the rights to food, shelter, education and health to freedoms of thought, religion and expression.
The roots and origins of human rights and the struggles to bring them about lie deep in the history of many different societies, civilisations and individuals. However, the first universally agreed statement of human rights did not emerge until 1948, with the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR). The UDHR is the most famous, most translated, and probably most important, human rights document. All other human rights laws take the UDHR as their starting point – it is the foundation of modern human rights law.

Practical exercise What human rights do we have?

Draw up a list of all the human rights you think we have. It might help to think about what you think people need in order to survive and flourish.
Here are a couple of examples to start you off:
  • the right to life
  • the right to education
When you have finished,  follow this link to take a look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
How does your list compare? Are there any surprises? Are there any rights that you think are missing, or any that you think shouldn’t be included?

Who has responsibilities for human rights?

Human rights are based on the principle that we all have human rights – we are all ‘rights holders’. When an individual has a right, there is a corresponding ‘duty bearer’, usually the state, who is responsible for making sure that right is respected, protected and fulfilled. By the state, in broad terms we mean the government and those acting on its behalf. Human rights prevent states from doing certain things, like not treating you in a degrading way. They also require states to take certain actions to make sure your rights are protected and fulfilled, like taking steps to protect your life and improve your quality of life.
This doesn’t mean that human rights have nothing to say about the responsibilities of individuals, or our relationships with each other. Human rights recognise that we all live alongside each other, and everyone else has rights too. If we compromise others’ human rights, we are subject to laws that may limit our own rights as a result. For example, if someone is convicted of burgling your home, it is likely that they will be sent to jail, restricting their right to liberty.

Key things you need to know about human rights
  • Human rights belong to everyone
  • They are expressed in internationally agreed laws
  • They are based on core values including fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy
  • The ideas behind human rights have developed gradually through history and come from many different societies and civilisations
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) was the first internationally agreed statement of human rights
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the starting point for all modern human rights laws
  • Human rights laws place duties on states to respect, protect and fulfil our human rights