Military Archives: 1916 In Transition

The ‘Rising in transition’ year project was developed by the 1916 letters project and the Military Archives. The project provides 1916 themed lesson plans that predominantly utilise the primary sources of the Military Service Pensions Collection, 1916 letters project and the Bureau of Military History and which are essential sources in developing an understanding of the revolutionary period and 1916 in particular.

Resource Intentions
  1. Provide themed lesson plans complete with links to primary sources in order to help develop an understanding of the events of 1916 in Ireland; and
  2. To engage pupils in the analysis of primary source material.

Areas of Learning

Environment and Society

History

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Explore how history has affected their personal identity, culture and lifestyle.
(Personal Understanding)

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

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the long and short term causes and consequences of the partition of Ireland and how it has influenced Northern Ireland today including key events and turning points.
(Citizenship)

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.
(Cultural Understanding)

Critically investigate and evaluate the power of the media in their representation of a significant historical event or individual.
(Media Awareness)

Learning for Life & Work

Local and Global Citizenship

Diversity and Inclusion

Investigate how and why conflict, including prejudice, stereotyping, sectarianism and racism may arise in the community.

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)

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

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

Cross Curricular Learning

Using ICT

A key aspect of ‘1916 In Transition’ is the aim to teach pupils how to locate and engage with online primary resources and use these digitised materials in a purposeful, relevant way. Interacting with the primary resources will help to improve pupils’ researching skills, critical analysis skills, understanding and experience as well as promoting creative thinking and discussion.

The resources could inspire tasks that would support experiences in Desktop Publishing, Presentation, Researching, Working with Moving Images and Working with Images.

Communication

The topics, lesson plans, activities and sources within the resource provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, and reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities to develop Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content pupils can analyse patterns and relationships in the information with which they have been provided. They also have the opportunity to investigate and discuss the historical perspectives of meaning, ideas and attitudes relevant to the period.

As they learn about the issues and ideas of the time, students are encouraged to understand and manage not only the information available to them but also their emotions and reactions.

Providing students with the means to research new information and ideas allows them scope to take the initiative and make choices as they steer their own course through the learning.

Possible Task?

Manipulate a digital image from the Rising to explain the importance of an event or profile an important figure.

Use image editing software to import your chosen image and add information using the text tool. Research appropriate and relevant imagery and information to be used for your image.

Areas of Learning

  • The Arts (Art & Design)
  • Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education)
  • Environment and Society (History)

In partnership with The Nerve Centre