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

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

Lesson 3: The Life of a Hero: Amy Carmichael and the ‘Shawlies’

This lesson examines the work of Ulster-Scot Amy Carmichael with the Belfast mill workers known as the ‘shawlies’ and also briefly introduces pupils to her work in India. Pupils will have an opportunity to carry out a research activity to explore the traits of Amy Carmichael. They will also carry out a Talking and Listening activity to order Amy Carmichael’s character traits from most important to least important.

Lesson Plan

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Learning Intentions

Pupils will:

  • understand the work that Amy Carmichael carried out with the Belfast ‘shawlies’; and
  • show an understanding of the qualities of a hero of the faith.


Ask the pupils to name their heroes (they may be from the world of sport, religion, politics etc). Now ask pupils to join with a partner in a think, pair, share activity giving reasons to their partner why their chosen person is a hero. Now ask pupils, working in their pairs, to come up with four qualities that make their person a hero. Pupils should record these qualities on ‘Post-its’. They may suggest qualities such as a good role model, talented, doesn’t give up easily, hard worker etc. Now ask pupils to stick their ‘Post-its’ around the classroom. Are there common qualities appearing? Discuss this with the pupils.


Amy Carmichael was a hero of the faith. Ask pupils to identify one aspect of their character which they could improve on to try and emulate the life of Amy Carmichael.

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