The theme of civil war and its calamities was depicted in a 10 minute video I found online on the Irish Civil War, with first-hand accounts and newsreel video of the conflict. To increase enagement, when students lack background knowldege it's important that we give it to them. Students are asked to watch this informative video "The Madness From Within - The Irish civil War part 3." As they watch the video I asked them to write down 2-4 reactions to the information they see and hear. To check for understanding I use a share-out activity which helps me to get a quick assessment of they they learned as well as other students to fill in any gaps of their understanding. I want them to analyze various accounts of this war and to determine which details are emphasized in the short informational video RI.9-10.7. I pick a few students to share their comments with the class while asking if anyone has anything additional to add to the comments expressed by the students.
I conduct a quick review of “The Sniper” plot. I reiterate that the plot of this short story deals with events in a civil war between two opposing groups in Ireland: the Republicans and the Free States. I share that it all took place in 1922.
Next I ask students to first think about the sequence of events as the Common Core standards require students to identify events using well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences RL.9-10.5. I then call out names of students to add to the plot line as I write them on the board:
Next I review the directions for completing their narratives by:
Lastly, I remind them to stay in character while writing the letter as the Common Core standard W.9-10.3 requires students to establish one or multiple point(s) of view, and create a smooth progression of experiences or events.