An all inclusive and comprehensive lesson plan. With no additional research or resources necessary for the teacher. One of my favorite lessons to do in class.
The purpose of this lesson is to use recent Irish history as a case study on Nationalism. It covers the history of Ireland from the 19th Century up to present day, and can therefore be placed in several different units of study (British Imperialism, Between the World Wars, Nationalism, Globalism and the Modern World, or even as a special St. Patrick’s Day lesson).
Students will utilize critical thinking, reading, writing, and analysis skills, using photographs, art, documents, poetry, and music. It can be easily adaptable depending on student level and time constraints. The overarching focus question of this lesson has students reflect on a thematic big picture topic: When—if ever—is it ok to take up arms to fight for what you think is right?
The materials included are:
--A 22-slide PowerPoint with pictures of each of the covered topics. Included in the notes are stories, anecdotes, and explanations for slide so you don’t have to do any of your own research for what is contained for each topic.
--A 16 page student packet with copies of lyrics, documents, poetry, and background information for analysis. Each of the documents has a question set that have the students do a basic and deep level analysis of the work. Students will also be asked to produce short writing and/or drawing responses to the most of the works, as well as a conclusion essay in which students will answer the focus question.
--Links to purchase each of the songs used from iTunes (which cannot be included due to copyright) as well YouTube links to listen to versions of the songs online. If you chose to purchase, it will cost approximately an additional $6