Martin Luther King – An example of a Moral Model

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Below is a PowerPoint presentation I made when teaching Morality to Third Year students. I used Martin Luther King as an example of a Moral Model. I began the lesson by discussing with the class the main characteristics of a moral person. I asked the students if they could identify any examples of a moral person in today’s society. I asked the students if they had a prior knowledge of the issue of civil rights for black people in America.


The students were shown a video clip which outlined the life and works of Martin Luther King and they were asked to answer the following questions:

  • Who was Martin Luther King?
  • How were black people treated during the 1950s?
  • Who was the lady who would not give up her seat on the bus?
  • What did Martin Luther King do for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956?
  • How was Martin Luther King treated by white people?
  • Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott successful?
  • What Bill was passed in 1964?
  • What happened to Martin Luther King?


The students were then divided into groups and they were asked to engage in a brief discussion of the issue of racism and civil rights in America and the importance of Martin Luther King as a moral model in society. Each group was asked to identify and summarise any comparisons there may be between Martin Luther King and Jesus. Each group was asked to provide examples to explain any of the comparisons that they may have identified.

The lesson ended with showing the students Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech from August 28th, 1963.











Christmas fun for the History Classroom!


This day next week Santa Claus will have been and gone, presents will have been exchanged and opened and the turkey should already be in the oven! Yes, this day next week is CHRISTMAS DAY! So in the spirit of the holiday season I went in search of some fun Christmas ideas for the classroom. For many the school term comes to an end this week so why not have a bit of fun with your students whilst learning some new and surprising facts about the history of some of the most recognisable characteristics of Christmas? For those of you like myself who are not teaching at the moment there is no harm in taking a sneak peek at these excellent PowerPoint Presentations which I found on and making a note of them for the next time you will be in the classroom over the festive season.

Merry Christmas 🙂


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The Renaissance


For anyone who will be doing the topic of The Renaissance in the new year or coming up to Christmas below is a collection of Powerpoint Presentations that can be used as the backdrop for five lessons which I made during my Third Year Teaching Practice placement.

Lesson 1: An introduction to the Renaissance

Lesson 2: Leonardo da Vinci

Lesson 3: Michelangelo

Lesson 4: The Renaissance outside of Italy

Lesson 5: Renaissance literature

The American Revolution 1775-1781

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For anyone taking on the topic of the American Revolution 1775-1781 in the new year or in the run upto Christmas the powerpoint below is a collection of presentations for seven lessons which I made during my Third Year Teaching Practice placement.

Lesson 1: Introduction and Causes of the American Revolution

Lesson 2: The Battles of Lexington and Concord 1775

Lesson 3: The American War of Independence 1775-81

Lesson 4: People in History: George Washington

Lesson 5: Structure of the United States of America Government

Lesson 6: The Importance of the American Revolution

Lesson 7: Loyalists VS Patriots

Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela 10/12/13

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Today a memorial service was held for Nelson Mandela in the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The service saw tens of thousands of people turning out in celebration of the life of the former first black president of South Africa who died last Thursday (5/12/13) at the age of 95 years old. Those in attendance included many political figures such as US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. However Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was not the only Irish representative there as U2’s frontman Bono was also spotted in the crowd along with a host of other high profile famous faces all wishing to pay tribute to the legendary figure.

Below is a link to the BBC website which provides an excellent collection of pictures from the memorial service highlighting just how many hearts and minds the thoughts, action and wisdom of Nelson Mandela touched during his lifetime.

Below are video clips showing US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the memorial cermony.


The funeral of Nelson Mandela will take place on Sunday 15th of December 2013.


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Rest in Peace.

Nelson Mandela 18th July 1918 – 5th December 2013

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Thursday the 5th of December 2013 will be remembered in the years to come as the day the world lost a truly heroic and inspirational figure. Through his endeavours, trials and triumphs, Nelson Mandela changed the course of not only the history of South Africa but also the world doing so almost always with a smile on his face, a dream in his heart and unwavering determination. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed and the legacy that he leaves behind.

Below is the official statement which was released by The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation:

“5th December 2013

It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.

We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.

We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.” Hamba Kahle Madiba

It is essential as educators of Religious Education and History that we strive to do all that we can to teach our students about the importance of who Nelson Mandela was, what he did, why he did it and the changes and results that came from his actions. Our students are not the only ones who can take inspiration from the life, thoughts and actions of Nelson Mandela as we too as educators can look to him as a source of guidance, motivation and inspiration for the journey of our vocation.

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Below is a selection of pictures, quotes, video clips and website links that are all incredibly useful for the classroom whether you are teaching students about Nelson Mandela as a moral model or as a historical humanitarian and political figure or if you as an educator need some advice about the path you have chosen into the world of education.



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The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Today, Friday November 22nd 2013 (at noon) marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

downloadBelow are a number of images which include some of Kennedy’s most famous and inspiring quotes during his time as President of the United States of America. I think these images would be great to use within the classroom when discussing John F. Kennedy’s time in power.




JFK’s remarks upon presenting the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, in the Flower Garden of the White House, May 21, 1963


JFK’s remarks at the opening of a USIA Transmitter in Greenville, N.C., February 8, 1963


 President Kennedy’s commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963


President Kennedy’s commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963


JFK’s address at St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt, Germany, June 25, 1963

Below is a video of BBC Documentary on the assassination of John F. Kennedy which could be used as an excellent resource within a senior History classroom.


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