The sample essay for Wordsworth is now on the site. Follow links from Paper 2 tab.
The work to be completed over the Easter break is as follows:
2009 - Text 2, Question A; Text 1, Question B; Composing, choose any option from 2009 list. (You are free to choose a topic you have already done, but you must write a new response.)
Macbeth - Discuss the different aspects of kings and kingship as portrayed in the play Macbeth. Support your answer with reference to and quotation from the text.
Comparative Study - Cultural Context.
"The life of a character will be defined by his / her cultural context."
(a) Show how this statement applies to a character from one of hte texts you have studied for your comparative course. (30)
(b) Discuss how the same statement applies in relation to two other texts on your comparative course. (40)
Unseen Poetry - 2006, "The Toy Horse"
Studied Poetry - "The poetry of Wordsworth has much to offer the modern reader." Discuss the relevance of Wordsworth's themes and language in today's world. Support your points by reference and quotation.
2010 - Text 2, Question A; Text 1, Question B; Composing, choose any option from the 2010 list.
Macbeth - 2007 Macbeth Questions
Comparative Study - 2007 Theme Question (answer either 1 or 2)
Unseen Poetry - 2007, "Driving into History"
Studied Poetry - 2004, "It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free"
This work is to be done in addition to your own study! You really must be taking responsibility for your own revision at this stage. Use your exam papers to guide your study, focusing on areas that you know need additional attention. Submit any supplementary work you do for correction, either in hard copy or by email.
There is no excuse for this work not to be done. If you cannot locate your exam papers, use examinations.ie to access the relevant material. If you run into difficulties, email me for assistance.
Students who do not complete this work and submit it for correction on the first day back will be placed on detention until the work is completed in full.
There have been a lot of absences lately due to practicals and orals, so in case you're a bit lost:
Best of luck to everyone sitting English Paper 2 tomorrow morning. Remember to read all the options carefully and choose the best question for you. Don't just do the first one!
English Paper 1 is tomorrow. Very best of luck!! Remember to read the questions carefully, choose the best questions for you, and DON'T DO A AND B ON THE SAME TEXT!
Use your exam paper - underline key words and use highlighters to make it easier to find quotes. Watch your time closely, but write as much as you can. Don't forget that you can answer the third question in the Reading Comprehension first (the 20 mark one). If you're worried that you'll find yourself short of time, this might be a good strategy. Be certain that you've left yourself at least an hour for the 100 mark essay.
Another good example of how to tackle the light article. This one is about swimming.
Sample essay is done. The study guide has been updated to include it, so you may need to download the new version. Happy studying! (LEARN QUOTES!!)
Study guide has been updated (but is still not complete - sorry!) Access it via Paper 2 / Macbeth.
Learn your quotes!!
Yes, I am obsessed with this option for the essay on Paper 1. It's a great choice! You can write in a chatty and relatively informal style, don't have to worry about plot or dialogue, and the topics are usually ones you would have first-hand knowledge of.
This blog post by Lauren Conrad (apparently she was on TV. I'm old. I don't know these things) is a great example of how to approach the 'give advice to readers' style article. In the post, she gives general advice on how to get on with room-mates. Pay attention to the common-sense approach and her use of a list structure. She hasn't written anything that you're not well able to emulate.