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How should we tell the story of the Irish Americans? A two-lesson migration...

How should we tell the story of the Irish Americans? A two-lesson migration...
How should we tell the story of the Irish Americans? A two-lesson migration...
How should we tell the story of the Irish Americans? A two-lesson migration...
How should we tell the story of the Irish Americans? A two-lesson migration...
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Lesson 1
1. Initial stimulus – can students guess the theme of the enquiry from the images in Slide 2?
2. Slides 3 and 4 – making Irish American history relevant to students.
3. Slide 5 – introduce Phillip Chevron’s (lead guitarist of The Pogues and songwriter) interpretation of Irish American history. Student listen to the song Thousands Are Sailing (can be found on YouTube) and fill in missing words on the lyrics sheet.
4. Students match words and images of key Irish American historical events (see resource PowerPoint), and order them chronologically; they can then complete their own version on a printed copy of Slide 8.
5. To complete the first lesson, students could annotate the song lyrics (Slide 10) with historical evidence from the cards, to explain in more detail what the Pogues were singing about.
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Lesson 2
1. In the second lesson, students consider what makes Irish American history significant, according to the singers of the pop song they analysed in the first lesson. (Slide 10)
2. Slide 12: students consider historical significance criteria (credit to Christine Counsell for the ‘5 R’ technique, from Teaching History)
3. Slide 13: students create a fitting monument or memorial to Irish American history, using the historical evidence they’ve seen, considering a number of factors (see slide for details) in the process.
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20 pages
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2 hours
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