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Sequence 3 - ML1

Across the divide

Both Sides Now


Checkpoint 2


Belfast's Peace Walls

Belfast's Murals

Checkpoint 3


Derrry Free Corner

U2 / Cranberries

Checkpoint 1

Step 1

A troubled history


1. React !
(c.f. wh-questions)

2. Where do you think the picture was taken? Can you imagine what it refers to?




> How can communities live in the same city despite their differences?

Final task : Create an audioguide for a sculpture or mural in Derry.

To prepare for the sequence : complete the worksheet about the British Isles to check your knowledge.

Irish history in songs

Choice #1:
"Sunday, Bloody Sunday", U2


Choice #2:
"Zombie", The Cranberries



1. Before listening: what can you imagine from the title?
2. Watch the video, react and check your hypotheses : what is the song about ? what
can we see in the music video ? did you pick up the chorus ?
3. Focus on the soundtrack and make notes of all the words/phrases you can.
4. Pick out interesting new words/phrases for our sequence.

What do the songs tell us about the history of Northern Ireland ? Do you know the elements it refers to?

To prepare for the sequence and tasks : start a glossary / mindmap to complete throughout sequence.


1. Choose a topic among the following :
Northern Ireland today (facts) - Ireland today (facts) - The Easter Rising - The
Independence of Ireland - The Troubles - The Good Friday Agreements

2. Do some research & make notes of the key elements.

3. Prepare a slideshow and be ready to deliver your presentation to the class (speaking from your notes).

Introduce a part of Ireland's history.

+ homework

To prepare : describe the following document.

Step 2

Mixed marriages

1. Observe the article :
What can you expect it to be about ?
2. Read the article and react!
> What do you learn about Louise Manly ? What
can you imagine about her life ?
3. Groupwork : create a timeline of Louise’s story
(tip : use time references, tenses & linking words to help you)



Both Sides Now

How much does Louise’s relationship have in common with that of her parents?

To go further, you can read this article :


Go onto NIMMA's website and answer the following questions:

1 – What is NIMMA and what do the letters stand for ?
2 – What is their slogan ?
3 – What do their activities consist in ?
4 – When was NIMMA founded ?
5 – What is the « Galway Convention » ?
6 – What is « Ne Temere » ?
7 – What is « Matrimonia Mixta » ?
8 – Why was 1983 a significant year ?
9 – Find out what happened to Nick Garbutt.
10 – Write down notes about any other testimony you read about over your research.
11 – What about Penal Laws in Ireland ?
12 – What problems do people in mixed marriages face today ?




Is the existence of NIMMA a positive or negative sign?

To prepare for next class : revise vocab (complete mindmap with new vocab from step 2).


“The passionate kiss that is the heartening symbol of a new Belfast becoming more oblivious to sectarianism”,
The Belfast Telegraph (Oct 21, 2013)

Read and understand an article from a newspaper.

+ homework

To prepare : read the whole article about the Free Derry Corner

> https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/you-are-now-entering-free-derry-50-years-on-1.3747984

Step 3

Finding peace

Belfast's peace walls



1. Use your guidelines to describe the document with your group (make notes).

2. Meet with a person from each other groups to exchange your descriptions & conclude : what do your documents have in common?

3. Go back to your group to make sure you all got the same descriptions and try to imagine the context surrounding the documents.

How can a city show signs of division and reconciliation ?

Describe the following document:

"Belfast's murals: Off the wall?"

1. React !
(c.f. wh-questions)

2. Groupwork > pick out phrases that reveal :
a. what the murals were before
b. what they have become today



How does the “No More” mural reveal the change that has taken place in Belfast and its significance?

To go further, read the whole article about Belfast’s murals


Your written presentation shall answer
the following questions :

1. What is it? What does it represent?
(Who are the people? What is the divide?)
2. Why was the sculpture made? What is its impact?
3.Is the sculpture still relevant today?

Present the “Hands Across The Divide” sculpture.

+ homework

Choose your sculpture or mural and prepare your slide for the final task. Be ready to write and record your audioguide in class.

Create an audioguide for a sculpture or mural in Derry.

Final task

1. Choose a sculpture or mural from Derry.

2. Introduce and describe it in detail.

3. Analyse the significance of such a sculpture or mural and its relevance today.

4. Prepare your slide and record your guide.