Paper 1 Do's & Don'ts Download
Paper 2 Advanced Comparative Study KNOW THE MODES Download
Marking Scheme for Higher and Ordinary Level leaving Cert English
LAYOUT OF EXAM
There are TWO papers.
Total mark per paper - 200 marks
Time allowed per paper - 2 hours 50 minutes.
Note; The official time printed on
the Sample Paper is 2 ˝ hours but the Department allows 20 minutes
extra for English in order to recognise the great amount of writing
Make sure you use it.
are TWO sections.
- Comprehending (100 marks)
- Composing (100 marks)
Note;Three separate tasks are examined
on Paper 1
There are THREE sections
The Single Text (60 marks)
The Comparative Study (70 marks)
Poetry (70 marks)
As yet the Department has not published
a MARKING SHEME for the SAMPLE PAPER
You will get it as soon as we do
- so watch this space
But you should know the following;
You are expected to read Paper One
fully i.e. read all the texts as you would a magazine.
These texts are centred on a single
theme e.g. OUR WORLD
They will give you material for
the compositions which are also based around this central theme.
You will actually be rewarded if
you creatively use material from the texts in your composition!
Think about REGISTER and the LANGUAGE
AREAS (i.e. information, argument, persuasion etc.) in Composition
For instance, your writing for a
"popular magazine" (Composition 3) will be a bit different to that
used in a "serious newspaper or journal" (Composition 1).
Know your STUDIED TEXT well - be
clear on CHARACTER, THEMES and IMAGERY - above all, learn some apt
quotes. They make it obvious that you know the text and this impresses
You DON'T need to know all the poems
of a particular poet equally well. Try to cover a range of his/her
poetry - but concentrate on the ones that affected you most and be
able to explain HOW and WHY they affected you (even if you hated them!)
THE COMPARATIVE STUDY
Beware of studying the texts as
separate works. The skill here is what it says - Comparative - so
your job is to find links between the three texts and show how they
are either alike or different.
All will be explained....
Basic Know-How for The Comparative
FACT! - preparing for the Comparative
is very different to preparing for the Single Text.
You do not need to make close studies
of the Comparative texts - this is a waste of time. After you have
read the text go back and select KEY MOMENTS.
Here is an outline of the differences.
Make sure you try to put them into practice.