Table of 35 novels by issue, subject and age range

Novel/poem Title Author Issue/Topic Curriculum Age-appropriate Activity
Country of My Skull

 

Antje Krog Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa History, English, Politics and Society Senior Cycle, youth and community Book review, developmenteducation.ie
Long Road to Freedom Nelson Mandela Autobiography. Apartheid, reconciliation, politics, history, (in)justice, (in)equality, poverty, racism, History, Geography, Politics and Society, English Senior Cycle, youth Book review, developmenteducation.ie

Ideas for lesson plans:

9 lessons on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (hero or villain?; impact of apartheid; lessons in leadership etc) on Share My Lesson (2016)

Nelson Mandela – Enchanted learning website (tools, colouring pages, quiz sheets, printouts etc.)

Nelson Mandela – 5 global citizenship and literacy lesson plans (2007) Oxfam GB

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography for kids (2011), Kid World Citizen

Nelson Mandela – teacher’s resources (2014) BBC schools (primary history)

Long Road to Freedom. Illustrated Children’s edition Nelson Mandela Autobiography. Apartheid, reconciliation, politics, history, (in)justice, (in)equality, poverty, racism, Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, History Junior Cycle
Stories from Haiti Oxfam Geography, history, Civic Social and Political Education, Environmental Social Studies Junior Cycle

 

See Oxfam 7-11 teaching and learning resource on Haiti
Stories from Haiti Oxfam History, Geography, English, Agricultural Science, Physics and Chemistry, Politics and Society, music Senior Cycle See Oxfam 11-14 teaching and learning resource on Haiti
Memory of Water Emmi Itaranta Water Scarcity, global warming, environment, injustice, History, Geography, English, Physics and Chemistry, Politics and Society, Senior Cycle, youth Introduction
Emotional Euthanasia Sadia Ahmed Poem. Identity, human rights, gender, inequality, culture Politics and Society, Religious Education, English, Geography, History Senior Cycle This is for my sisters across the world: Sadia’s inspirational poem (July 1st, 2014) Oxfam GB blog
Allah is not Obliged Ahmadou Kourouma Child Soldiers, Africa, conflict, culture, democracy, drugs, inequality, ivory coast, Liberia, military, politics, violence, war Politics and Society, English, Geography, History Senior Cycle Book review, developmenteducation.ie

Organise a class/year/school debate on a particular global issue such as Child. Follow up on the facts about child soldiers from Human Rights Watch or Child Soldiers International, the Red Cross (including teaching resources) or WarChild.

A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah Child Soldiers, Africa, conflict, culture, democracy, drugs, inequality, ivory coast, military, politics, violence, war Politics and Society, English, Geography, History Senior Cycle Organise a class/year/school debate on a particular global issue such as Child. Follow up on the facts about child soldiers from Human Rights Watch or Child Soldiers International, the Red Cross or Oxfam International.
If I Were President Oxfam This resource provides photographs and quotations from children living in Mukuru, a slum area in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Ten children were asked: “What would you do if you were president for the day?” Politics and Society, English, Geography, History, Civic Social and Political Education, Junior and Senior Cycle If I were president – teaching resources, Oxfam GB

 

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee inequality, racism, injustice, school kids, civil rights, white supremacy Politics and Society, English, Geography, History Senior Cycle Try out the quiz, study guide, facts and questions, games
The Other Side of Truth:

 

Beverley Naidoo political refugees, Nigeria, human rights, asylum, migration, racism, inequality, (in)justice, History, English, Geography, Politics and Society Senior Cycle Study and activity Guide, About the book by author
In the Sea there are Crocodiles Fabio Geda Afghanistan, Italy, Taliban, human trafficking, asylum seekers, refugee, war, conflict, inequality, Check out the Amnesty International guide to the novel
I stand here: stories that speak for freedom Amnesty International stories and poems of hate crimes, bullying, racism, child abuse, (un)freedom of speech, identity, gang honour, human rights, UNDHR, slavery, women’s rights. History, English, Geography, Politics and Society 12+ Educational Activities

 

Oliver Birgitta Sif Difference, human rights, Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, History Junior Cycle Amnesty International Support materials
A birthday for Ben Kate Gaynor Disability, difference, human rights, diversity, inclusion Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, History Junior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
I Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres and Aurélia Fronty Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), human rights, food and water, healthcare, housing, gender, the environment, race, education, poverty, disability, citizenship, family, war and freedom of speech Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, History, Environmental Social Studies Junior Cycle Amnesty International Support materials
How To Heal A Broken Wing

 

Bob Graham Human Rights, right to life, right to freedom, right to safety, nature, war, urban living, compassion Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, Art Craft and Design, Science Junior Cycle Amnesty International Support materials

Walker Books Classroom Ideas

Dreams of Freedom

 

Amnesty International Universal, Human Rights, human freedoms, quotations from famous human rights activists Civic Social and Political Education, English, Geography, Art Craft and Design, 7-11 years Amnesty International Support materials

 

See illustrations from the book in the Guardian

Two Weeks with the Queen Morris Gleitzman discrimination, LGBTI rights, social stigma, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Civic Social and Political Education, English, Social Personal and Health Education, Politics and Society 9-14 years Amnesty International support materials

 

 

FREE? Stories celebrating Human Rights Walker books/Amnesty International Human Rights stories, right to education, freedom of speech, faith, asylum and law, racism, cultural diversity Civic Social and Political Education, English, Social Education, Politics and Society, Geography, Religious Education, 9-15 years Amnesty International support materials

Walker Books Classroom ideas

 

The Kites are Flying Michael Murpugo West Bank, Palestine, Israel, conflict, war, human rights, peace, UDHR Civic Social and Political Education, English, Social Education, Politics and Society, Geography, Religious Education 9-15 years Amnesty International support materials
The Unforgotten Coat Frank Cottrell Boyce Mongolia, refugees, human rights, freedom, safety, right to life, right to belong. Civic Social and Political Education, English, Social Education, Politics and Society, Geography, 9-15 years Amnesty International support materials
Noughts and Crosses (Series) Malorie Blackman Discrimination, human rights, civil rights, terrorism, racism, inequality, slavery, UDHR, Identity, conflict, death penalty Politics and society, English, history, 11+ years Amnesty International Support materials
Chalkline: the fine line between boy and soldier Jane Mitchell Kashmmir, slavery, child soldiers, freedom, human rights, right to an education, religion Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Dark Parties Sara Grant slavery, torture, imprisonment, asylum, equality, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, right to independence Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Fisher Staples girls’ and women’s rights, (in)equality, freedom of choice, child brides, nomadism, Pakistan Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Dream Land Lily Hyde Crimea, World War II, imprisonment, relocation, returning refugees, land reclamation Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials

 

Ketchup Clouds Annabel Pitcher Death row, human rights Politics and society, English, history, Art, Design and Communication Graphics 11+ years Amnesty International Support Materials
Red Leaves Sita Brahmachari Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Somalia, Syria, Sri Lanka, culture, isolation, belonging, war, religion, homelessness Politics and society, English, history, Art, Design and Communication Graphics, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Refugee Boy Benjamin Zephaniah Ethiopia, Eritrea, war, asylum seekers, refugees, basic human rights, Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Revolution is not a dinner party Ying Chang Compestine China, Cultural Revolution, abuses of human rights, Politics and society, English, history, geography, art Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials

 

Secrets In The Fire Henning Mankell Mozambique, war, landmines, disability, human rights, inequality, poverty Politics and society, English, history, geography, art Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials
Shadow Michael Morpurgo Afghanistan, Immigration, war, Taliban, poverty, human rights, asylum seekers, Politics and society, English, history, geography 11-14 years Amnesty International Support Materials
The Voices Of Silence Bel Mooney Romania, poverty, inequality, revolution, food scarcity, Politics and society, English, history, geography 11-14 years Amnesty International Support Materials
To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee inequality, racism, civil rights, injustice, slavery, Politics and society, English, history, geography Senior Cycle Amnesty International Support Materials

 

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