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Reclining Buddha

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Lessons and resources on Reclining Buddha (late 19th century) currently on display in National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The story of the object is told in child-friendly language.

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Photographs from Ellis Island

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Stunning photographs of immigrants at Ellis Island, New York.

Possible discussion topics:

  • Why have they come to America from their own countries?
  • How do you think they felt when their photograph was taken?
  • Look at how they’re dressed
    • What words come to mind when you look at their clothes?
    • Why are they dressed the way they are?
    • Would they be dressed this way today? Why / why not?
    • Do you think that’s a good thing?
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A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – Education

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Web Site: A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – Education

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The objects below lend themselves to the exploration of a number of issues related to Equality and Justice. There are lessons and resources associated with each object. Be sure to check out the Story of the Object which is told in child-friendly language.

 

 

 

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An artist coloured in a photo of an Auschwitz victim and it’s heartbreaking

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Czesława Kwoka was 14 years old when she entered Auschwitz in 1942. She was beaten, given a serial number and photographed. Three months later, Czeslawa was killed.

Czeslawa’s photographs have since been colourised.

  • What’s your initial reaction, when you look at both sets of photographs?
  • Why do you think you have this reaction?
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Overlooked

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For years, the obituaries in The New York Times were dominated by white men. Now the paper is trying to make amends. They’ve begun to publish the obituaries of the ‘overlooked’ which include the stories of amazing people.

  • What is an obituary? Do you think it’s important for a paper to have obituaries?
  • Why did the paper’s obituaries concentrate on white men?
  • Pupils read a selection and decide on a favourite and why.
  • What do the people who were left out have in common?
  • Why is the paper publishing these obituaries now? Is it a good idea?
  • Does it achieve anything?
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Maps that will change how you see the world

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The world is round and a map is flat and projections can be distorted. The commonly-used Mercator projection distorts the size of Europe and is Northern-hemisphere centric. The Peters projection accurately shows different countries’ relative sizes.

  • Look at the different maps on this website
  • Discuss how they make people feel and why?
  • Is the map of the world we see all the time the right one?
  • Why are maps important?
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Range of resources on ageism

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Ideas and resources addressing ageism

  • Powerpoint on growing old
  • Lesson plan on growing up and growing old
  • Grandparents’ Day – Activities including visit to Care Home
  • Stereotyping of Young People pack