Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Lesson 2: Seedtime to Harvest

This lesson covers the sowing of flax seeds and the harvesting of the mature flax plants. It considers the impact of the process on the rural workforce involved in flax growing and the Ulster-Scots words they would have used. Pupils have an opportunity to use historical evidence to sequence photographs and use ICT to create a short animation which represents the stages of flax sowing to the stacking into ‘stooks’.

Lesson Plan

Keywords and Phrases

broadcast sowing stacking beets stooks harvesting

Learning Intentions

Pupils will:

  • understand how flax was grown and harvested in the past;
  • compare how the harvesting of crops is different today;
  • explore historical evidence from photographs to justify their opinions;
  • become familiar with, and be able to use, relevant Ulster-Scots vocabulary related to the linen industry; and
  • develop their ICT skills of Express, Evaluate and Exhibit when using appropriate animation software to represent the stages of flax growing from sowing to the stacking into ‘stooks’.

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