Eight Hundred Long Years
Kind of Activity:
Students will be able to contextualize the book's setting in history
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4
We hear frequently in this book about what the English did to the Irish for "eight hundred long years." Frank's schoolteachers often repeat the line, as do neighbors (SPOILER ALERT: there are many more instances of the phrase in later chapters). Ask students if they know what characters mean when they say this. A few may know of isolated incidents, like the Potato Famine, but it's unlikely that...
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