The Story of Francis Ledwidge

A comic resource that tells the story of ‘Ireland’s greatest soldier poet’ Francis Ledwidge, detailing his time fighting in the First World War with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The comic also describes Ledwidge’s reaction to the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916 and how it affected him both personally and professionally.

Resource Intentions
  1. Illustrate and review the life of Francis Ledwidge, paying particular attention to his time as a soldier in the First World War.
  2. Using the resource as a starting point, explore the work of Francis Ledwidge and discuss how the events of 1916 shaped his writing.

Areas of Learning

Environment and Society

History

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Investigate individuals who are considered to have taken a significant moral stand and examine their motivation and legacy.
(Moral Character)

Learning for Life & Work

Local and Global Citizenship

Diversity and Inclusion

Investigate ways in which individuals and groups express their identity.

Language and Literacy

English with Media Education

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.
(Mutual Understanding)

Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.
(Media Awareness)

Irish with Media Education

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals.

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.
(Mutual Understanding)

Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bi-lingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society.

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.
(Personal Understanding)

The Arts

Art and Design

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Express themselves through Art and Design.
(Personal Understanding)

Investigate and respond to works of art that inspire and relate to their lives and experiences.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Drama

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Express themselves emotionally and imaginatively through drama and improvisation.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to the views and feelings of others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Cross Curricular Learning

Using ICT

The resource presents pupils with the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in the disciplines of working with moving images and working with sound. Completing tasks in movie making and scripting and recording an interview requires pupils to use movie and sound editing software to realize their ideas and showcase their learning in a digital capacity.

Working in groups or pairs and completing the tasks using these software packages also provides pupils with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their thinking skills and personal capabilities.

Communication

The resource provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and group activities. Completing the ICT and creative writing tasks enable pupils to express themselves, develop as individuals, engage with others and improve skills that will help them to contribute as members of society.

Opportunities to develop Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

The tasks within the resource provide pupils with the opportunity to think both critically and creatively and to develop personal and interpersonal skills, both in an independent and group capacity.

  • Managing Information
  • Thinking, Problem-Solving, Decision-Making
  • Being Creative
  • Working With Others
  • Self-Management

In partnership with The Nerve Centre Creative Centenaries