Under the Hawthorn Tree

This is the first book in the famine trilogy where the Great Irish Famine is recreated through the story of three young survivors. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of ending up in the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great-aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.

This book by Marita Conlon Mc Kenna is aimed at pupils in senior classes. These documents for the teacher contain suggestions on how to use the book as a cross-curricular resource in the Fifth Class classroom, as well as approaches to the film in the classroom. There are also worksheets for the pupils to complete.

Teaching Guide (.pdf file 131KB)

Teaching Ideas (.pdf file 77 KB)

Teaching Guide to the Novel and Film: Introduction and Episode 1 (.pdf file 349KB)

Teaching Guide to the Novel and Film: Episode 2 (.pdf file 179KB)

Teaching Guide to the Novel and Film: Episode 3 (.pdf file 215KB)

Teaching Guide to the Novel and Film: Episode 4 (.pdf file 315KB)

These resources have been made available to Seomra Ranga with the kind permission of the O’ Brien Press. (http://www.obrien.ie) O’ Brien Press retains the copyright of the resources.