National Library of Ireland: The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives

Through the National Library of Ireland’s rich collections, the exhibition explores the events of Easter week 1916, and focuses on those who set the stage for the Rising, on the seven signatories of the Proclamation and the other executed men, on the casualties of the Rising and its aftermath.

Resource Intentions
  1. Explore the events of Easter Week 1916 – setting the stage, the Rising, the main sites of activity and the aftermath;
  2. Examine the seven signatories of the Proclamation; and
  3. Appraise the aftermath of the Rising.

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

Learning for Life & Work

Local and Global Citizenship

Diversity and Inclusion

Investigate factors including religious and political that influence individual and group identity.

Human Rights and Social Responsibility

Investigate local and global scenarios where human rights have been seriously infringed.

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

Cross Curricular Learning

Using ICT

An online exhibition, “Personalities and Perspectives” uses written information and images to communicate and illustrate the events of the Rising and profile those involved.

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

Communication

The resource provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking, 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?

Create a digital comic profiling the seven signatories of the Proclamation

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

Use a desktop publishing / comic creation program to profile the seven signatories of the Proclamation. Research appropriate and relevant images and information to be used in the comic. Alternatively, this could be a collaborative group task in which seven pupils profile a signatory each and work together to ensure their comic designs are consistent.

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