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New KS3 History PoS: Ireland & the Normans
 

A. Single lessons


B. Study units

C. Other resources

 
A. Single lessons

1.1. Why did the Normans go to Ireland?
Nottingham Pilot Scheme - Thinking skills exercise

Quick exercise.
1. Draw a line graph to show whether the events given threatened Irish freedom.
2. Mark the dates and the events along the horizontal axis, and a score up to 10 on the vertical axis.
3. If you think an event was a serious threat to Irish freedom, give it a higher mark out of 10. If you think an event was less serious, give it a lower mark.
3. Once you have drawn your graph, explain your scores.

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/Anglo-Irish_Relations_Overview.pdf

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A4_Secondary_Hist_Thinking_Skills.pdf

1.2. Was there a Norman conquest of Ireland?
HTEN conference

Quick exercise using three types of sources.
Painting: ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel MacLise, 1854
Map: Land holdings in Ireland, 1450

Laws: Statute of Kilkenny, 1366
http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A1_HTEN_Normans_Exercise.pdf

1.3. Origin of English stereotypes. Assessing the value of Gerald of Wales as evidence
History Junior Certificate History. Revision Handbook by E. Gray, The Educational Company, 0-86167-513-4, 32-3

Castle, church and city
Here is a description of Irish people in the middle ages. It was written by a Norman, Gerald of Wales. He visited here in the 1180s and reported back to the English king, Henry II. Read it and answer the questions that follow.


1. From this description, pick out and write down, in your own words, three items of medieval Irish dress. (3x1)
2. Using the information given here, list three weapons used by an Irish soldier. (3x1)
3. What, in Gerald‘s opinion, did the Irish consider 'the greatest wealth‘? (1)
4. Did Gerald like the Irish? Pick out two statements to support your answer. (2x2)
5. Do you think he would be a reliable source about life in medieval Ireland?
Give two reasons for your answer. (2x2)http://www.iisresource.org/stereotypes_norman.aspx

B. Study units
1.4. How far did the Celtic peoples survive the Norman attempt to conquer the British Isles?
An Irish case study

Trafford Pilot Scheme

1. Normans come to Ireland
2. Invitation or invasion?
3. How far was there a Norman conquest?
4. What was the impact of the Normans on Ireland?
5. An incomplete conquest - contrasts between Irish and Norman life
6. An artist’s view: The Marriage of Strongbow & Aoife, painted 1854
7. How far did the Celtic peoples of Britain & Ireland survive the Normans?
8. Homework exercises
How far did greed make the Normans go to Ireland?
How far did Irish weakness explain Norman successes in Ireland?

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A5_Normans_Ireland_Trafford_Opt.pdf

1.5. How complete was the Norman Conquest?
Ireland as a case study

Nottingham Pilot Scheme

1. Where is Ireland? What is it like today?
2. What was Ireland like before the Norman went there?
3. Why did the Normans go to Ireland?
4. Invitation or invasion? What do these sources tell us about the Normans and Ireland?
5. What was Ireland like after the conquest?
6. What changes can we find by looking at a map of Ireland?
7. How far were the two different Irelands - Irish and Norman?
8. How complete was the Norman conquest?
9. Was what happened in Ireland really different from what was happening elsewhere between 1000 and 1500?
10. What impact did the Normans have on Ireland?
11. Assessment (Basic, Core & Extension): How complete was the Norman conquest?

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A3_Normans_Notts_Y7.pdf

1.6. The Normans & Ireland
Norman greed, Irish weakness or something else?
Birmingham Pilot Scheme

1. What does the story Aoife, Strongbow’s wife, tell us about the Normans & Ireland??
2. What does a modern historical novel about Strongbow & Aoife tell us?
3. What was Ireland like before the Normans went there?
4. Why did the Normans go to Ireland?
a. What happened? a. What does this tell us about the Normans and the Irish?
5. What changes can we find by looking at a map of Ireland?
6. Was this really different from what was happening in Britain?

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A4_Normans_Bham_Y7.pdf

1.7. The Normans & Ireland
Blackpool Pilot Scheme - Thinking skills exercise

Using an advance organiser as a structural tool for a research project
1. About Ireland: Basic facts & map
2. Gaelic Ireland: What was Ireland like before the Norman went there?
3. Changing Ireland: What changes can we find by looking at a map of Ireland?
4. What impact did the Normans have on Ireland?
5. Plenary: What & how have we learned - thinking words

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A5_01_Organiser_Normans_A4_Sheets.pdf

C. Other resources
1.8. Beginning of English stereotypes about Ireland & the Irish

Gerald of Wales: Norman views on Ireland and the Irish
http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/0A3_Norman_Images_Ireland.pdf

 

1.9. An Irish view of the Norman intervention in Ireland PowerPoint

‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel MacLise, 1854.
MacLise was sympathetic to the Young Irelanders who sought freedom from Britain in the mid-19th century.
The recurrent theme of the painting is that the Anglo-Irish relationship is a forced marriage.
http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/Marriage_S_A .ppt

1.10. A Norman conquest of Ireland? Some sources

Painting: ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel MacLise, 1854
Maps: Irish kingdoms and sub-kingdom, 1150, Land holdings in Ireland, 1450
Laws: Statute of Kilkenny, 1366
Contemporary account: Gerald of Wales, The History and Topography of Ireland
Historical novel: Strongbow. The Story of Richard and Aoife by Llywelyn, Morgan, O’Brien Press, 0-86278-274-0

http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/Norman_Ireland_Sources.pdf

1.11. Irish submission to Henry II: national humiliation or commonsense?

Historians’interpretations of the Norman intervention in Ireland.
http://www.iisresource.org/Documents/KS3_Normans_Interpretation.pdf