Latin America Solidarity Centre

Revolutions from Ireland to Latin America

AIM

For students to practice reading a text on a familiar event in Irish history, but in a foreign language, developing their language awareness, and to spot connections and differences between Irish and Latin American history.

 

Mural representing the 1916 uprising. Photo by Darragh Power | Novara Media

MATERIALS

Reading on the 1916 Uprising.

Reading on Simón Bolívar.

Comparison Chart.

 

 

LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM

Senior Cycle:

I. Language Awareness 2, 3,

III. Cultural Awareness, 1, 4

METHODOLOGY

Students look again at the two maps of the world

Mural of Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo source: Caracas Chronicles

– colonial and modern. Ask students to think how countries became free. Remind them of the Irish case if they need prompting.

Hand out the reading on the 1916 rebellion. When students have answered the questions, nominate students to give the answers.

Repeat with the reading about Simón Bolívar.

Students then fill out the comparison chart in pairs, referring to the texts, and draw comparisons between the rebellion in Ireland and Latin America.

CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND AND TAKING ACTION

The 1916 Rebellion is commemorated in Ireland every year. Ask your students to think about holding a commemoration in their school, that also makes connections to liberation struggles in other countries.