The Irish Myth of the Giant's Causeway

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When an Irish giant and a Scottish giant face off in a mythical duel, it is a cunning woman who determines the outcome with her clever tricks. Introduce viewers to geomythology—myths that explain the occurrence of natural features—with an animated version of a little-known Irish tale. Learners who watch the resource are primed to find further connections between mythology and geography.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show pupils a photograph of the Giant’s Causeway and ask them to speculate, based on what they know about rock formation, how it might have come to look the way it does
  • Extend the lesson by having scholars research other geomyths
Classroom Considerations
  • Pause the video at the map (0:09) and help the class relate it to a more precise map of the area by finding the structures that match
  • Pre-teach locations mentioned in the video using a precise map
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  • Simple graphics help learners focus on the core story points
  • Cross-curricular connections with science and literature