Secondary school teachers across the country can register to download free educational resources based on the much-anticipated Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Sponsored by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in UCC and developed by an experienced teacher and historian, the eight teaching units cover a range of topics from the 1845-1922 period. The full collection will be available to for download from in the autumn.
A sample pack based on the 1916 Rising can be accessed online.
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution resource packs for Junior Cycle, Transition Year and Senior Cycle present historical content in a stimulating and visual way. The original maps, complemented by a selection of rare documents and images from the National Library of Ireland and the Irish Examiner archive, provide teachers with the raw materials to inspire students about the history of Ireland from the Famine to the Free State. The accompanying activity-based lesson plans and student worksheets guide teachers in the practical use of the source material to consolidate learning, reinforce key skills and encourage students to participate actively in their learning.
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, due to be published by Cork University Press in spring 2017, features contributions from leading national and international scholars and over 300 original maps generated from a wide range of historical data. For John Crowley, Donal Ó Driscoll, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo, the editors of the landmark publication, it was important to make the exciting new research accessible to post-primary students – to bolster their understanding of the revolutionary years, enthuse them about local and national history, and inspire them to undertake research of their own.
The online resources for schools represent the second of a two-strand Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme. The first strand – a twelve panel-travelling exhibition – has visited over twenty post-primary schools in Cork and Kerry during the 2016-2017 academic year. Teachers and students have universally confirmed to the value of using maps in the classroom