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The Great Famine 1845-1849 Learning Path

By Sharon Wall

This path will provide students with information on The Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840's
10 resources in this Learning Path

1

An In-depth Study of the Irish Famine

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/ Added: 13 May 2006 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Explore different aspects of the Irish Famine by clicking on the headings provided.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Suggestions for use: Explore different aspects of the Irish Famine by clicking on the headings provided.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

2

Ask About Ireland: Information on the The Famine

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learn...th-centu/the-great-famine-an-gorta/ Added: 05 Jul 2016 Contributor: Eimear Sheehan Resource type: Guide/notes

Ask about Ireland provides lots of information on the Famine for pupils to use and read to discover more facts about life in olden Ireland.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods
  • examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns, especially evidence which may be found locally

Suggestions for use: Advice pupils to use this website when researching about the Irish Famine. Pupils can be asked to create a poster/project/ advertisement for olden Ireland to display their research.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

3

Great Irish Famine Story

http://resources.teachnet.ie/jstacey/2004/pupils.htm Added: 18 Aug 2016 Contributor: Caroline Tynan Resource type: Project

A story about a real family, Patrick and Bridget Byrne, who lived during the famine. Learn about the location they lived, the Coolattin Estate, the small house and the farm.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Suggestions for use: Use the story in lesson to introduce the reality of the Famine to your class.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

4

The Famine - Videos

https://juniorcerthistory.net/2nd-y...r/industrial-revolution/the-famine/ Added: 18 Aug 2016 Contributor: Caroline Tynan Resource type: Audio / Video

Three educational videos collected by a post-primary teacher on the topic of the Great Famine.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Suggestions for use: Use the videos to help explain the era visually

Asset type: Video
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

5

The Fields of Athenry - Song about the Famine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr1rzSSMsac Added: 21 Jul 2016 Contributor: Eileen Chambers Resource type: Audio / Video

The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History
Asset type: Audio
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons
Special Needs:

6

Famine Emigration to America Database - Find your Ancesters

http://www.findmypast.ie/articles/w...l/irish-famine-immigrants-1846-1851 Added: 11 Jul 2016 Contributor: Linda Murphy Resource type: Reference / Secondary Source

This immigration record collection includes more than 604,000 immigrants from Ireland during the Great Famine, covering the years 1846 through 1851, and arriving at the Port of New York. Immigrants from other countries are also included, such as Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Morocco.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History

Strand: Local Studies

Strand unit: My Locality through the Ages

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with important events in the history of the locality, referring to the wider national context where relevant; possible events might include
  • collect related local ballads, stories and traditions
  • study a period or periods in the history of the local village, town, city area, townland, parish or county

Suggestions for use: Set a homework task whereby pupils need to go home and ask parents/ grandparents about their ancestry to see if anyone immigrated to America during the years 1846-1851. Pupils need to record the names of people who did so that they can research these names in class on this database. Alternatively, ask pupils to sit down with parents and look at the database together, recording what they found or heard.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

7

One in Eight - A Senior Primary Resource about Hunger, Food and Our Role in the World.

https://www.concern.net/sites/defau...ia/page/1_in_8_resource_final_0.pdf Added: 12 Nov 2016 Contributor: Clare Quigley Resource type: Lesson Plan

A comprehensive resource to teach children about nutrition, food waste and global hunger. Comprises 11 lessons which can be taught as a full unit of work, or pick and choose lessons to suit you. Developed in consultation with teachers it includes detailed lesson plans and resources. Topics including Nutrition, Reading Food Labels, Food Waste and Hunger in our World.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SPHE

Strand: Myself & the Wider World

Strand unit: Developing citizenship

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • realise and begin to understand the unequal distribution of the world’s resources

Suggestions for use: Each section focuses on a different topic. Section one focuses on nutrition, the ‘food pyramid and food waste. Section two explores the impact of hunger worldwide – the who, where and why of hunger. Section three examines how we can contribute to ending hunger.


Strand: Myself

Strand unit: Taking care of my body

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy

Strand: Myself

Strand unit: Making decisions

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • acquire a growing sense of the importance of making informed decisions at many levels and identify some of the decisions he/she has to make
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: Trade & Development

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the causes and effects of famine
  • come to appreciate the inequalities between the developed and the developing world
  • discuss possible short and long-term solutions to famine
  • examine the work of relief agencies and become aware of Irish involvement in them
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

8

Abandoned Ireland : The Workhouse

http://www.abandonedireland.com/Workhouse.html Added: 25 Jul 2015 Contributor: H O Connell Resource type: Presentation / Reference

This site gives background information about workhouses which were introduced into Ireland as part of the English Paw Law system in 1838. There are four pages of photos from an abandoned workhouse in Cavan which remained in operation until the 1920s.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods
  • examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns, especially evidence which may be found locally

Suggestions for use: Can be used to show images of an abandoned workhouse in Cavan. Can lead to much discussion on workhouses in Ireland during The Great Famine.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

9

Ellis Island Interactive Tour

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/ Added: 05 Jul 2015 Contributor: Amy Coleman Resource type: Case Study / Demonstration / Guide/notes / Audio / Video / Project / Reference / Simulation / Tool

This website has a wide variety of information connected with Immigration connecting with Irish immigration following the famine. The first immigrant to arrive on Ellis Island was a 13 year old Irish girl Annie Moore. Lots of videos, pictures, data available here

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: The Great Famine

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods
  • examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns, especially evidence which may be found locally
  • record the place of peoples and events on appropriate timelines
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

10

Post Famine Ireland - Article Information

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/after.htm Added: 11 Jul 2016 Contributor: Linda Murphy Resource type: Textbook

Historical information about the post Irish potato famine, the famine deaths and world hunger today.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History

Strand: Local Studies

Strand unit: My Locality through the Ages

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with important events in the history of the locality, referring to the wider national context where relevant; possible events might include
  • collect related local ballads, stories and traditions
  • study a period or periods in the history of the local village, town, city area, townland, parish or county

Suggestions for use: Use information as a teacher reference to the historical events of the famine.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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