Objective: In 1845, the Irish potato farmers witnessed a horrible blight on potato crops, which effectively ruined the crops and put the people in a panic. Discuss blight and its effects.
1. Research and discuss blight and its effects on various crops. What is blight? What causes it? What are the signs? Can it spread? If so, how? How can it be prevented/cured?
2. Draw a picture of a potato field affected with blight. Include farmers trying to save the crops.
3. In 1844, Irish farmers had a bumper crop of potatoes which might have carried them through the winter of 1845 and the blight. Write an essay about bumper crops and the effect they would have on the market, supply and demand, and the farmer's income.
4. Homework: Write a short story from the point of view of a farmer that has just discovered blight on his crops.
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