Teachers’ Corner


Hi, and welcome to the Teacher’s Corner. Here we will regularly update events and resources that may be of interest to you and your students.

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Sample Lesson Plans (Free t0 Download)

Blessed John Sullivan Lesson Plan

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Download here: Sample Lesson Plan_Full



True Tube


TrueTube is an award-winning website for schools that provides videos, lesson plans and assembly scripts for RE, PSHE and Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4.

TrueTube was launched in 2007 by CTVC Ltd, originally to encourage young people to make films dealing with the issues they cared about. As the library of films grew, the purpose of the site evolved to include lesson plans and assembly plans to help teachers use our films in the classroom. Today TrueTube hosts hundreds of resources, supporting thousands of students each year.

TrueTube’s team members come from a rich variety of backgrounds, bringing a wide range of skills and experience to the project: teaching, training, youth work, charity work, project management, technical research and TV production.

As TrueTube continues to develop we are identifying areas of the curriculum which most need support, and striving to make films and produce resources that will assist the learning of young people in classrooms across the UK and the world.


Good Pages to Follow (rtai.ie)

On Twitter:

  • @Pontifex -The official Twitter Page of Pope Francis with regular updates teaching us about God and the love of God.
  • @YSInow – For all things Young Social Innovators.
  • @rechatie – A brilliant Twitter and Facebook feed set up for all teachers of Religious Education in Ireland
  • @MsKeleghan – The Creator of Rechatie for more on Religious Education in Ireland.
  • @ScoilnetPostPrimary -Irelands resource sharing hub. Check out our new feature too!
  • @ailis_t – Ailis Travers a teacher and lecturer of Religious Education and textbook author.
  • @edmatters- For all news and information in Irish Education.
  • @ICREMDI – The Irish Centre for Religious Education supporting innovation in the field of Religious Education.
  • @PDST_Ireland – The official twitter account of the Professional Development Service for Teachers
  • @ceist1- The official Twitter of Catholic Education, an Irish Schools’ Trust

This is by no means a prescriptive list of people you may like to follow on Twitter. If you are following or have found any other people that you think may be of interest to other Religion teachers please tweet us their names on our Twitter @RtaiReligion.

On Facebook:

  • Teaching Religious Education
  • Nation Religious Education Congress Ireland
  • The Religion Teacher
  • HuffPost Religion

Useful books for Teaching Senior Cycle RE

Examination & Framework Document

Cassidy, E. (2003) The Search for Meaning and Values Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Delius. C. ed. (2000) The Story of Philosophy: From Antiquity to the Present Cologne: Konemann

Gaarder. J. (1995) Sophie’s World London: Phoenix House

Freyne, Sean (2002) Texts, Contexts and Cultures London: Collins

Lane, Dermot (1975) The Reality of Jesus Dublin: Veritas

Liechty, Joseph & Clegg, Cecilia (2001) Moving Beyond Sectarianism: Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation in Northern IrelandDublin: Columba Press

Norris, T. (2004) Christianity: Origins and Contemporary Expressions Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Pelikan, Jaroslav (2000) Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture Yale University Press

Barnes, P. (2003) World Religion, Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Beck, M. et al ed. (1997) Exploring Religion Australia: Oxford University Press

Brodd, J. and Wilt, M. (1998) World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Press

Brodd, J. and Wilt, M. (1998) Teaching Manual for World Religions – a voyage of discovery Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Press

Hickman, C. & Meredith S. (2001) The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopaedia of World Religions London: Usborne Publishing Ltd.

Smith, Houston (1991) The World Religions Harper Collins.

Boyle, N. (1994) The Challenge of God Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Brown, C. (1998) Crash Course on Christian Ethics London: Hodder and Stoughton

Hannon, P. (forthcoming 2004) Moral Decision Making, Into the Classroom Series Dublin

Veritas Conscience in the Catholic Tradition

Darton, Longman and Todd Mc Namara, V. (1988) The Truth in Love: Reflections on Christian Morality, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan

Cullen, S. (2004) Religion and Gender, Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Wendle Moltmann, E. Women in the New Testament

Schussler Fiorenza, E. In Memory of Her New York, SCM Press

Reuther, R. Sexism and God-Talk London, SCM Press

Holland, J. and Henriot, P. (1980, revised edition 1993) Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice Washington DC: Orbis Books

Himes, Kenneth (2001) Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching New Jersey: Paulist

McDonagh, Sean (1990) The Greening of the Church London: Chapman

See also a range of materials from the World Council of Churches.

Collins, P. (2000) Prayer in Practice Dublin: Columba Press

De Mello, Anthony (1986) Wellsprin: A Book of Spiritual Exercises Garden City, N.Y Image Books : Columba Press Veritas

Boadt, L. (1984) Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction New York: Paulist Press

Brown, R.E., Fitzmyer J.A. & Murphy R.E. eds.(1990) The New Jerome Biblical Commentary London: Chapman

Brown, R.E. (1997) Introduction to the New Testament New York; Doubleday

Achtemeier, P.J., Green, J.B., & Thompson, M.M. (2001) Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology Grand Rapids: Ferdmans

Hegarty, B. (2003) The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Milne, K. A Short History of the Church of Ireland Colomba Press

O’Duinn, S. Where Three Streams Meet

Walsh J.R. & Bradley, T. A History of the Irish Church

O’Dwyer, P. Towards a History of Irish Spirituality

Harbison, P. Pre-Christian Ireland: From the First Settlers to the Early Celts London: Thames and Hudson

Walsh, J. (2003) Religion: the Irish Experience Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Barbour, Ian (2002) When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers or Partners? London: SPCK

Southgate, Christopher et al, (1999) God,Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion Pennsylvania: Trinity International Press

Peters, Ted and Bennett eds, Gaymon (2002) Bridging Science and Religion London: SCM Press

McCarthy F. and McCann, J. (2003) Religion and Science Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas




The Backpack Program is a human and spiritual development program for young people. The program is based on a 26 lesson workbook called The Backpack.

The program was developed and authored by Kathryn Clarke BA, CLEI, and Margaret McGahon, M.Sc., MIAHIP. It has been piloted in high schools, parish youth groups and college summer programs.