Peace in Northern Ireland, But Religious Divide Remains (PBS), 7/11/12
"Protesters have been out on the streets of Belfast in recent days in advance of Thursday's annual parade honoring Protestant King William's victory over his Catholic rival in 1690. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the ongoing religious tension - 14 years after Ireland's sectarian conflict formally ended."
We explored the historical context of the divide highlighted in the video, including themes focused on King Billy, the Apprentice Boys, and the Battle of the Boyne. Students have spent individual and collaborative time cybersleuthing additional sites and sources, and participated in online and f2f discussions. At the beginning of their journey in learning about and building an understanding of and appreciation for this complex topic and unit of study, they’ll compile and organize, as they proceed, a categorized list of ideas, questions, sources and links. They'll be able to cull from this list, many ideas and sources for formative blog postings, summative VoiceThread work, and annotated webliographies for this unit.
This post will serve as an initial space for sharing reflections, ideas, inquiries, responses, and resources and drawing cultural and historical comparisons with similar conflicts, seen in a global context - as well as synthesizing the excellent in-class discussion and found resources after viewing the video (and examining other sources).