Prescribed Material for English in the Leaving Certificate Examination

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Rannóg Pholasaí, Cháilíochtaí, Churaclaim agus Mheasúnachta, An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna, Bloc 2, Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath 1

Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Block 2 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

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Circular Letter 0021/2014

To the Principals and Boards of Management of Second-Level Schools and the CEOs of Education and Training Boards Prescribed Material for English in the Leaving Certificate Examination in 2016

1.

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to inform the management authorities of second-level schools that the prescribed material for English in the Leaving Certificate Examinations in 2016 is as indicated on the attached list.

2.

Please bring this Circular and the attached list to the notice of the teachers concerned.

3.

Please provide a copy of this Circular to the appropriate representatives of parents and teachers for transmission to individual parents and teachers.

Breda Naughton Principal Officer March 2014

List of prescribed texts for the Leaving Certificate English examination of 2016 1

As the syllabus indicates, students are required to study from this list: 1. One text on its own from the following texts: -

BINCHY, Maeve

Circle of Friends (O)

BRONTË, Emily

Wuthering Heights (H/O)

FITZGERALD, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby (H/O)

FRIEL, Brian

Translations (H/O)

KEANE, John B.

Big Maggie (O)

LEONARD, Hugh

Home Before Night (O)

McCABE, Eugene

Death and Nightingales (H/O)

O’CASEY, Sean

The Plough and the Stars (O)

SHAKESPEARE, William King Lear (H/O) 

One of the texts marked with H/O may be studied on its own at Higher Level and at Ordinary Level.



One of the texts marked with O may be studied on its own at Ordinary Level.

2. Three other texts in a comparative manner, according to the comparative modes prescribed for this course. 

Any texts from the list of texts prescribed for comparative study, other than the one already chosen for study on its own, may be selected for the comparative study. Texts chosen must be from the prescribed list for the current year.



At Higher Level and at Ordinary Level, a film may be studied as one of the three texts in a comparative study.

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3. The Comparative Modes for Examination in 2016 are: Higher Level

Ordinary Level

(i)

Cultural Context

(ii)

The General Vision and Viewpoint

(iii)

Literary Genre

(i)

Relationships

(ii)

Social Setting

(iii)

Hero, Heroine, Villain

4. Shakespearean Drama At Higher Level a play by Shakespeare must be one of the texts chosen. This can be studied on its own or as an element in a comparative study. At Ordinary Level the study of a play by Shakespeare is optional.

5. Poetry Higher Level A selection from the poetry of eight poets is prescribed for Higher Level. Students will be expected to have studied at least six poems by each poet. Ordinary Level A total of 36 poems is prescribed for Ordinary Level.

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List of Texts prescribed for comparative study, for examination in the year 2016 AUSTEN, Jane

Pride and Prejudice

BENNETT, Alan

The Uncommon Reader

BINCHY, Maeve

Circle of Friends

BOLGER, Dermot

New Town Soul

BRONTË, Emily

Wuthering Heights

DICKENS, Charles

Great Expectations

FITZGERALD, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

FITZGIBBON, IAN (Dir.)

Death of a Superhero (Film)

FRIEL, Brian

Translations

HAMILTON, Hugo

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

HAZANAVICIUS, Michel (Dir.)

The Artist (Film)

HOOPER, Tom (Dir.)

The King’s Speech (Film)

IBSEN, Henrik

A Doll’s House

ISHIGURO, Kazuo

Never Let Me Go

JOYCE, James

The Dead (in a dramatization by Frank McGuinness)

KAY, Jackie

Red Dust Road

KEANE, John B.

Big Maggie

KEEGAN, Claire

Foster

LEONARD, Hugh

Home Before Night

LONCRAINE, Richard (Dir.)

Richard III (Film)

McCABE, EUGENE

Death and Nightingales

McCARTHY, Cormac

The Road

McDONAGH, Martin

A Skull in Connemara

MARTEL, Yann

Life of Pi 4

MILLER, Arthur

All My Sons

MILLER, Madeline

The Song of Achilles

O’CASEY, Sean

The Plough and the Stars

PRIESTLEY, J. B.

An Inspector Calls

REITMAN, Jason (Dir.)

Juno (Film)

SHAKESPEARE, William

Othello King Lear

SOPHOCLES

Antigone

TREVOR, William

The Story of Lucy Gault

WATERS, Sarah

The Little Stranger

WELLES, Orson (Dir.)

Citizen Kane (Film)

WILDER, Thornton

Our Town

WINTERSON, Jeanette

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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Poets Prescribed for Higher Level BISHOP, Elizabeth The Fish The Bight At the Fishhouses The Prodigal Questions of Travel The Armadillo Sestina First Death in Nova Scotia Filling Station In the Waiting Room DICKINSON, Emily “Hope” is the thing with feathers There’s a certain Slant of light I felt a Funeral, in my Brain A Bird came down the Walk I Heard a fly buzz – when I died The Soul has Bandaged moments I could bring You Jewels – had I a mind to A narrow Fellow in the Grass I taste a liquor never brewed After great pain, a formal feeling comes DURCAN, Paul Nessa The Girl with the Keys to Pearse’s Cottage The Difficulty that is Marriage Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail Parents En Famille, 1979 Madman “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork Six Nuns Die in Convent Inferno Sport Father’s Day, 21 June 1992 The Arnolfini Marriage Ireland 2002 Rosie Joyce The MacBride Dynasty

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ELIOT, Thomas S The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock Preludes Aunt Helen from The Waste Land II. A Game of Chess Journey of the Magi from Landscapes III Usk IV Rannoch, by Glencoe from The Four Quartets East Coker IV

LARKIN, Philip

Wedding-Wind At Grass Church Going An Arundel Tomb The Whitsun Weddings MCMXIV Ambulances The Trees The Explosion Cut Grass

NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN, Eiléan Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Nicht The Second Voyage Deaths and Engines Street Fireman’s Lift All for You Following Kilcash Translation The Bend in the Road On Lacking the Killer Instinct To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009

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PLATH, Sylvia

Black Rook in Rainy Weather The Times Are Tidy Morning Song Finisterre Mirror Pheasant Elm Poppies in July The Arrival of the Bee Box Child

YEATS, William Butler

The Lake Isle of Innisfree September 1913 The Wild Swans at Coole An Irish Airman Foresees his Death Easter 1916 The Second Coming Sailing to Byzantium from Meditations in Time of Civil War: VI, The Stare’s Nest by My Window In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz Swift’s Epitaph An Acre of Grass from Under Ben Bulben: V and VI Politics

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Poetry Prescribed for Ordinary Level BISHOP, Elizabeth

The Fish The Prodigal Filling Station

DELANTY, Greg

After Viewing The Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne (1847)

DICKINSON, Emily

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain I Heard a fly buzz – when I died

DURCAN, Paul

Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail Parents Sport

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns

Preludes Aunt Helen

HARDIE, Kerry

Daniel’s Duck

HUGHES, Ted

The Stag

KAVANAGH, Patrick

Shancoduff

KENNELLY, Brendan

A Glimpse of Starlings

LARKIN, Philip

Ambulances The Explosion

LEDWIDGE, Francis

Lament for Thomas MacDonagh

LEVERTOV, Denise

An Arrival (North Wales, 1897)

MEEHAN, Paula

The Russian Doll

MURRAY, Les

Joker as told

NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN, Eiléan

Street The Bend in the Road To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009

O’REILLY, Caitriona

Interlude

PLATH, Sylvia

Poppies in July Child The Arrival of the Bee Box 9

SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe

Ozymandias

STAFFORD, William

Travelling Through the Dark

WALL, William

Ghost Estate

WILBUR, Richard

A Summer Morning

WOODS, Macdara

Kavanagh in Umbria

WOODS, Joseph

Letting the Cat out of the Bag

YEATS, William Butler

The Wild Swans at Coole An Irish Airman Foresees his Death

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Prescribed Material for English in the Leaving Certificate Examination

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