School Resource Packs: Cork 1912-1918



Number 8 SAMPLE LESSON PLANS 5 th /6 th Year Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition

Learning Objective: Students are invited to examine two documents discussing the reaction in Ireland to World War 1.


The documents will be examined under the standard headings

Higher level (20) Comprehension This question may be sub-divided into 3 or 4 parts. It is designed to test your understanding of a source (20) Comparison The question may be divided into two parts. This is designed to test with your ability to compare and contrast two different sources which deal with the same event You might be asked to detect bias, selectivity etc. (20) Criticism This question may be divided into two parts. You may be required to study the document as a source and to recognise propaganda, different viewpoints, contradiction, objectivity etc. You might be asked to assess reliability, usefulness etc. (40) Contextualisation This is worth the most marks and here you are expected to use your knowledge of the topic to show an understanding of the issues and events associated with those issues. Here the advice seems to be to make whatever information you give relevant to the question. The examiner in this section will mark according to paragraph or paragraph equivalents. He will give a cumulative mark (Max = 24) for two paragraphs or paragraph equivalents. The emphasis is not on quantity but quality – relevance, focus and knowledge.


Study the documents and answer the questions below:

Document A: John Redmond Speech to the Irish Volunteers 20 September 1914

‘The interests of Ireland—of the whole of Ireland—are at stake in this war. This war is undertaken in the defence of the highest principles of religion and morality and right, and it would be a disgrace for ever to our country and a reproach to her manhood and a denial of the lessons of her history if young Ireland confined their efforts to remaining at home to defend the shores of Ireland from an unlikely invasion, and to shrinking from the duty of proving on the field of battle that gallantry and courage which has distinguished our race all through its history. I say to you, therefore, your duty is twofold. I am glad to see such magnificent material for soldiers around me, and I say to you: “Go on drilling and make yourself efficient for the Work, and then account yourselves as men, not only for Ireland itself, but wherever the fighting line extends, in defence of right, of freedom, and religion in this war”’.


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