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
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.
Please bring this Circular and the attached list to the notice of the teachers concerned.
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: -
Circle of Friends (O)
Wuthering Heights (H/O)
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby (H/O)
KEANE, John B.
Big Maggie (O)
Home Before Night (O)
Death and Nightingales (H/O)
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.
3. The Comparative Modes for Examination in 2016 are: Higher Level
The General Vision and Viewpoint
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.
List of Texts prescribed for comparative study, for examination in the year 2016 AUSTEN, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
The Uncommon Reader
Circle of Friends
New Town Soul
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
FITZGIBBON, IAN (Dir.)
Death of a Superhero (Film)
The Sailor in the Wardrobe
HAZANAVICIUS, Michel (Dir.)
The Artist (Film)
HOOPER, Tom (Dir.)
The King’s Speech (Film)
A Doll’s House
Never Let Me Go
The Dead (in a dramatization by Frank McGuinness)
Red Dust Road
KEANE, John B.
Home Before Night
LONCRAINE, Richard (Dir.)
Richard III (Film)
Death and Nightingales
A Skull in Connemara
Life of Pi 4
All My Sons
The Song of Achilles
The Plough and the Stars
PRIESTLEY, J. B.
An Inspector Calls
REITMAN, Jason (Dir.)
Othello King Lear
The Story of Lucy Gault
The Little Stranger
WELLES, Orson (Dir.)
Citizen Kane (Film)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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
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
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
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
Poetry Prescribed for Ordinary Level BISHOP, Elizabeth
The Fish The Prodigal Filling Station
After Viewing The Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne (1847)
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain I Heard a fly buzz – when I died
Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail Parents Sport
ELIOT, Thomas Stearns
Preludes Aunt Helen
A Glimpse of Starlings
Ambulances The Explosion
Lament for Thomas MacDonagh
An Arrival (North Wales, 1897)
The Russian Doll
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
Poppies in July Child The Arrival of the Bee Box 9
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe
Travelling Through the Dark
A Summer Morning
Kavanagh in Umbria
Letting the Cat out of the Bag
YEATS, William Butler
The Wild Swans at Coole An Irish Airman Foresees his Death