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Join us to explore the characteristics of a great hero while learning about Ireland’s history as we follow Red Hugh, the Prince of Donegal. Students will study the historical context of the novel, participate in engaging discussions, and complete projects of their choice.
Total class meetings: 6
Duration of each class: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: No class prerequisite. Your student will need PowerPoint 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a PowerPoint-compatible file.
Suggested grade level: 5th to 9th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester History or Literature
Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series. These courses weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL (Medieval): Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal, we meet Red Hugh, a real 16th-century Irish heir who is kidnapped by English forces. Red Hugh eventually escapes and joins freedom fighting forces to battle for Ireland’s freedom. Students will explore the characteristics of a great hero while learning about Ireland’s history. Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lapbooks, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.
Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction
Class 2: Literature Discussion; Project Introduction
Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview
Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips
Class 5: Literature Discussion; Final Project Instructions
Class 6: Literature Analysis and Historical Connections; Student Project Showcase
Course materials: Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal by Robert Reilly, ISBN-13: 9781883937225
ISBN-10: 1883937221 (https://www.bethlehembooks.com/red-hugh-prince-donegal-p-490 or bookfinder.com). Also available as an audiobook (http://amzn.to/2ItOwAi)
Homework: Students should plan to spend one hour on reading homework per class day, and three to five hours on the optional student project.