Under the Hawthorn Tree

Age: 9,10,11,12
Project Year: 2012-13

Under the Hawthorn Tree (Novel Study)

Under the Hawthorn Tree (Novel Study)

  • Reading of the novel.
  • On-going discussions on. charactersplotsetting, etc.
  • Predicting outcomesWhat happens next?
  • Creating a family tree.
  • Character analysis including portrait, adjectives to describe the character and examples from the novel.
  • Study of the setting including a drawing and description.
  • Completion of worksheets from online resources. Discussions on the differences during the time of the famine and present day.
  • Dictionary worklooking up the meaning of words the children were unsure of or never heard before.
  • Creating a 'Graffiti Wall' using old, Irish terms of endearment.
  • Research of the following topics: Famine, potato blight, emigration, death, disease, workhouses, etc.
  • Taking part in Famine Quiz.
  • Further reading on the Irish Famine including History Quest textbook and Everyday Life in Ireland During the 1840s.
  • Visit to the Jeannie Johnson famine ship in Dublin (Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Senior only).


Venue: Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, Rockcorry, Co Monaghan
We have used Tanagh for previous face-to-face meetings. The location is easily accessible for both schools and the children are well looked after by qualified instructors. The physical, outdoor activities have always been thoroughly enjoyed by all children. The children participate in a variety of activities - canoeing, mud slide and rock climbing. These activities are both mentally and physically challenging and promote team work, co- operation, leadership and communication. Hot lunch is also provided.


We only had one videoconference session to date this year as there was a problem with St. Joseph's equipment earlier in the year. During the one session we experienced problems with audio and video.

Schools Involved

Media Gallery

For Dissolving Boundaries Day 2014 we invited schools to send us short video recordings that show what DB means to them. We've pieced these together into a movie!

A documentary about linking schools through ICT; case studies of cross-border links between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Dissolving Boundaries programme and in Israel through the TEC program.


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