Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen
Lesson 1: Let’s See Where the Mills were Built
This lesson explores the population increase in Belfast, which was a result of the growth of the linen industry. Pupils have an opportunity to work in groups to locate the mills and to explore, in a Talking and Listening activity, possible reasons why people moved from the countryside to the towns and how they brought their Ulster-Scots language with them.
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- identify the locations of some mills in Ulster;
- explore possible reasons why people moved from the country to the city; and
- understand how people brought their Ulster-Scots language and culture with them.
Having listened to all of the reasons given, ask the pupils to take a vote on the top four cards which the class have selected.
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