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THE A[2]-TEAM & IRISH NATIONALISM
To what extent did the aims & methods of Irish nationalism change
during the years 1820-1921?

The A-Team is helping Year 13 students at Ashfield School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield to write their coursework essay, part of an A2 History course.

A five-lesson study unit uses episodes of the A-Team to encourage students to plan and compose effective essays.

It pays particular attention to change and continuity, paragraph structure, coherency, and introductions and conclusions.

The coursework essay is the culmination of an engaging and imaginative thirty-six-lesson study unit on the history of Ireland between 1801-1921, which is outlined on the right.

Both units have been devised by the students' teacher, Gary Hillyard.

Ireland 1801-1921

The main study unit itself addresses eleven topics, raising thirty-one key questions in thirty-six lessons.
It includes a wide range of sources and different approaches to learning.


The following resources can be downloaded at:

http://www.iisresource.org/Pages/Ireland18001921.aspx


Overview/scheme of work
Overview - mindmap
Schemes of work/lesson plans
Notes for teachers
Key words & figures
Select reading list

Coursework guidance

Topics
1. Introduction to history & geography of Ireland
2. Change & continuity/Act of union
3. Impact of the Union/Daniel O'Connell
4. Catholic Emancipation & afterwards
5. The Great Famine
6. Gladstone's early measures
7. Irish nationalism 1848-1900
8. Gladstone, Parnell & Home Rule
9. The Ulster crisis
10. The Easter Rising/Rise of Sinn Fein
11. Michael Collins/Conclusion


Text books
The main textbook used is Great Britain & the Irish Question 1798-1922 by P Adelman & R. Pierce,
Hodder & Stoughton 'Access to History', 2005, 0340889012.

Other textbooks which proved helpful include
Challenging History: Britain in the C19th by Howard Martin, Nelson, 0174350627, and The Struggle for Peace in Northern Ireland by Ben Walsh, John Murray, 0719574722.
An excellent source for historical maps, with informative commentaries, is an Atlas of Irish History by Sean Duffy, Gill and Macmillan, 0717130932

More history at 16 plus