Wednesday, August 20, 2014


What objects that we use in our daily lives today might be considered ‘vintage’ 50 – 60 years later and sought after by collectors or by people curious about a past life style?
This activity has been prepared by Füsun Savcı to whom we owe thanks
According to the dictionary, the word ‘vintage’ means the following:
·         Is used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.
·         Used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

According to the following link, vintage refers to:

·         The time that something of quality was produced
·         Denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past or characteristic of the best period of a person’s work

Familiarize yourself with the term:
·         “Is it vintage or antique and why should you care?”
·         “Using the present to find collectibles for the future”
Videos to watch:
·         “Istanbul’s flea market”
Look and learn:
·         “Antiques of the future”
·         “How to find antiques of the future”
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Cool and collected”
·         “Vintage London”
·         “Why is vintage so popular now?
·         “Why buy vintage?” 

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Currently, as written material of all sorts proliferates thanks to the internet, articles, editorials, essays, blog posts, videos flood our computers and vie for attention.  It would be sensible, therefore, to remind ourselves what a logical fallacy is. Once you have refreshed your memory by doing your research, you will find that there are plenty of examples to choose from in the modern world. Use the links below to do your research and write an essay in which you explain clearly what a logical fallacy is.
This task has been prepared in its entirety by Abdülvahit Gezer to whom we owe thanks
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Logical Fallacies”
·         “Logical Fallacies”
Listen and follow:
·         “Common logical fallacies” 
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Introduction to argument: Structure of a Logical Argument”
·         “Logical Fallacies”
Video to watch and make notes on:

·         “Logical Fallacies with Doctor Michael Labossiere”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The crime without a name, genocide, has reared its ugly head numerous times in the 20th century and is once more threatening religious and ethnic minorities in various parts of the world. What exactly is genocide and which historical events constitute genocide? Do your research and write an essay in which you explain clearly what genocide is and is not and provide examples. It is suggested that you spread your research out over three or four days for maximum benefit.
Reading material to annotate:
Most of the sites listed include short videos
·         “What is genocide?”
·         “Genocide timeline”
·         “The Rwandan genocide”
·         “Bosnian genocide”
Documentaries to watch and make notes on:
·         “Ghosts of Rwanda”  
·         “Genocide: worse than war”
·         “The devil came on horseback” This documentary is a firsthand account of the Darfur genocide

·         “Srebrenica: a cry from the grave”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Check out the links below to gather information on the rapid transformation of Washington D C and write a comparison and contrast essay. You will need to think about how to organize the essay.
Note to the student: this task should not be attempted unless the comparison contrast structures have been covered.
·         “Amazing historical photos of Washington D.C. recreated today”
Reading plus videos to make notes on:
“Washington D.C. from murder capital to boom town”


The Boston tea party was a well organized and carefully executed protest which sparked the American war of independence. Do your research to discover the details and tell the story.
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Boston tea party” There are some wonderful videos on this site that you should watch.
·         “What was the Boston tea party?” Check all the links on this site for an all round view of the implications of the Boston tea party.
·         “The Boston tea party, 1773”
Video to watch and make notes on:
·         “The Boston tea party, intolerable acts & first continental congress”
Listen and read:
“The Boston tea party”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The belief in witches and witchcraft dates back to prehistoric times and was widespread all over the world from South and Central America to Europe, Africa and Asia. How have views concerning witches and witchcraft changed over the years and why? Do your research and write a narrative in which you explain. While doing so, explain, analyze and try to analyze causes and effects.
This reading into writing activity was designed in collaboration with Gökçen Çiftlik to whom we owe thanks.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “What was witchcraft in the middle ages?”
·         “Origins of witchcraft” 

Reading material to annotate:
·         “Witches and witchcraft in the Middle Ages”
·         “Witches, women and witchcraft”
Documentaries to watch and make notes on:
·     Witches-Incredible History Documentary 
Videos to make notes on:
“Witch burning in the Middle Ages”

Friday, August 1, 2014


The gulags, the infamous Stalinist prison camps in Siberia, still continue to exist today. What was their original purpose and is this true today? What were the conditions like back in Stalin’s time and has this changed in any way? To be able to answer this and similar questions you will need to do some research. When you are ready, write an essay in which you tell the story of the Gulags. You  can include information about the present towards the end of your development or in your conclusion.
This reading, listening and viewing into writing activity was prepared in collaboration with Füsun Savcı to whom we owe thanks.
The Gulag timeline:
·         “Gulag timeline”
The map of the Gulag:
·         “Gulag map”
Familiarize yourself with the topic: the Stalinist period
·         “Work in the Gulag”
·         “Women in the Gulag”
·         “Living in the Gulag”
·         “What were their crimes?”
Photo Galery:
·         “Gulag photos” Make sure to check out the other photos at the bottom of the page.
Virtual tour:
·         Take the virtual tour: You will need to install an app for this but it is worth it. The site will direct you; it is idiot proof.
Familiarize yourself with the topic: the current situation
·         “An intimate look at life in a harsh Russian Gulag”
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Videos from the Gulag Museum” There are a series  of short two minute talks by a leading Gulag researcher and historian, Anne Applebaum, all of which you should watch and make notes on.

Reading material to annotate:
·         “Life in the Gulag’s”  This article covers the past and the present day.
·         “Gulag an introduction” by Anne Applebaum  This article covers the past.

·         “Vyatlag then and now” This article covers the past and the present.


Telepathy is defined in Mirriam Webster as “A way of communicating thoughts directly from one person’s mind to another person’s mind without using words or signals”. This simple definition does not tell us much so do your research and find out more, then write an essay explaining what telepathy is, what it involves and whether it can be developed.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Telepathy”  
·         “What is telepathy. Learn to read minds explained” Make sure to click the link at the end of the video and take the online test.
Reading / Listening material to make notes on:
·         “Telepathy and telekinesis”
·         “Telepathy techniques”
·         “Is twin telepathy real?”
For a little bit of fun:
·         “Telepathy development”
·         “Telepathy exercises”
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Secrets of telepathy”
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Telepathy, global consciousness and how we humans are connected”
The future of telepathy:

·         “The future of human telepathy final”