Exploring The Life And Times of Cú Chulainn

Exploring The Life And Times of Cú Chulainn

Unit 3: Exploring Literacy

This section shows how the animated Cú Chulainn series can be used to promote knowledge and understanding of literacy and language at Key Stage 2. Teachers will use this section to explain what a myth and legend is and to illustrate the meaning and significance of myths in Irish society by comparison with myths in other cultures such as the Greeks, the Romans and the Vikings. This unit will introduce pupils to the tradition of Irish storytelling and the figure of the Seanchai (represented by the grandfather in the animated series). The culmination of this Unit of Study will be for pupils to invent their own myth or legend.

Unit of study

This unit of study features:

Lesson Plans and a set of teacher guidance notes.

A Presentation for use by teachers on an interactive whiteboard covering key areas of literacy.

Pupil Worksheets with a set of tasks exploring the narrative structure, characters and meaning of the major myths of the Celts and other societies. A dedicated worksheet will task pupils with creating their own myth, drawing upon characters such as Cú Chulainn and Queen Maeve.