Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 Essay & Project Ideas

Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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1. Use 1840s newspapers to read primary accounts of the potato famine and write a report based on experiences not included in Bartoletti's book. Why do you think photographs of the potato famine are scarce even though that technology was available?

2. Compare Bartoletti's book with other histories of the potato famine. Write a review explaining which books you preferred and why, citing specifics such as literary techniques and sources used.

3. Read oral histories of potato famine immigrants and their descendants after they emigrated to other countries. How do their memories, often decades later, contain similarities and differences with those presented in Bartoletti's book?

4. Write a readers' theater set in a scalp, workhouse, soup kitchen, or cottage during the potato famine.

5. Grow a potato plant. 6. Research how other countries such as Norway experienced famines at the same time as Ireland, and compare...

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