Senior Cycle - History


Literacy in History


This technique requires students to be divided into groups of four.  Students gather around the Placemat Template which is organised with sections for each student to record their ideas and a central section for students to summarise their individual ideas.  First students individually think about a question and write down their ideas on their own section of the template.  Then students share their ideas to discover common elements, which can be written in the centre of the placemat template.  The purpose of the placemat technique is to provide all students with the opportunity to share their ideas and learn from each other in a co-operative small group discussion.  In doing so, students improve their oral literacy.  The benefits of the this strategy are that students have an opportunity to reflect and participate. They will extend their learning by listening to the ideas of others.  Click for more information on the placemat technique, as well as step-by-step instructions for successful implementation.


Other Literacy Resources


Useful Posters


Websites to Improve Literacy and Numeracy

Puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
Wordlearner Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
Wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
Pete's PowerPoint Station Good maths images and ideas
IXL Interactive revision site for maths - covers all topics
Skillwise Educational website to improve literacy and numeracy in adults
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Tests
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords, Tests, Quizzes
Wordle Create your own Word Cloud
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony.  First enter your name, then click on "Create your own cube"


Checklists for Literacy & Numeracy

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form


This the National Strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011 - 2020.  Click here for the summary of the strategy.
Click here to download the full strategy.


Checklist for Literacy & Numeracy