This week in my English class we are going to have a look at the conflict in Northern Ireland. Recent headlines from Ulster are a tragic reminder of The Troubles of the 70s and 80s. However, a vast majority of the population of Northern Ireland seem to agree that they have had enough and that a few extremists won't be able to undo the enourmous steps taken towards peace in the last ten-fifteen years. In our lesson U2's "Bloody Sunday" is going to lead up to a short lecture on the historical background of the conflict. Afterwards we will have a look at the current events and the reactions to these, and finally we are going to read Liam O' Flaherty's gripping short story "The Sniper" from the Irish Civil War. Have a look at my lesson plan here. You can also have a look at the slides I plan to use in my presentation below. The presentation is available on slideshare. There are a number of good films about various aspects of the conflict, for example:
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