Lesson 2 - Sinn Féin

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 2 - Sinn Féin

The 1918 General Election provided Sinn Féin with its first electoral victory since its foundation in 1905. Prior to 1916 (and the Easter Rising), the Irish Parliamentary Party had dominated Irish politics whilst Sinn Féin had favoured a more peaceful approach to nationalism; 1917 brought a new leader in Éamon de Valera and a more radical approach to nationalism.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Review the resources and links in order to understand why Sinn Féin’s victory in the 1918 General Election was so significant in terms of its short term and long term impact on the island of Ireland.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The resources could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, working with images and working with sound.


The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • ask focused questions;
  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • make links between cause and effect;
  • justify methods, opinions and conclusions; and
  • make connections between learning in different contexts.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • make new connections between ideas/information;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions; develop routines of turn-taking, sharing and cooperating;
  • take personal responsibility for work with others and evaluate their own contribution to the group; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • be aware of their personal strengths, limitations and interests;
  • set personal targets and review them;
  • organise and plan how to go about a task; and
  • focus, sustain attention and persist with tasks.

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Using desktop publishing software, create a Sinn Féin election poster for the 1918 general election.

Working in pairs, research Sinn Féin election posters from 1918. Be mindful of the style of the posters and justify your design choices. Use a suitable image and explain to the reader why they should be voting Sinn Féin.

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)

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