Prescribed Material for the Leaving Certificate English - Circulars

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  Ra Rannóg Pholasaí,

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

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

   

  Fax (01) 8892040  (01) 8892291

 

  Circular Letter 0007/2015

 

  To the Principals and Boards of Management of Second-Level Schools and the CEOs of Education and Training Boards

  Prescribed Material for the Leaving Certificate English Examination in 2017      

  The Department of Education and Skills wishes to inform the management authorities of second-level schools that the attached lists include the prescribed material for the Leaving Certificate English Examination in 2017.    

The Department requests school authorities to bring this circular to the attention of all  

English teachers.  

   

The Department requests school authorities to give adequate notice of these texts to students before the start of the relevant school year.  

   

Breda Naughton Principal Officer February 2015

 

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List of prescribed texts for the Leaving Certificate English examination of 2017  

 

As the syllabus indicates, students are required to study from this list:    

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One text on its own from the following texts: -

 

 

 

AUSTEN, Jane

Emma (H/O) BINCHY,

Maeve

Circle of Friends (O)

FITZGERALD, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby (H/O)

IBSEN, Henrik

A Doll’s House (H/O)

KEANE, John B.

Big Maggie (O)

McCABE, Eugene

Death and Nightingales (H/O)

O’CASEY, Sean

The Plough and the Stars (O)

RYAN, Donal

The Spinning Heart (O)

SHAKESPEARE, William

Hamlet (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. All texts selected must be from the prescribed list for 2017. 

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. 

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 2017 are:  

 

Higher Level

(i)

Theme or Issue  

(ii)

The General Vision and Viewpoint  

(iii)   Ordinary Level

Literary Genre

  (i)

Relationships  

Theme

(ii)  

(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.  

       

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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 2017  

 

AUSTEN, Jane

Emma

BENNETT, Alan

The Uncommon Reader

BINCHY, Maeve

Circle of Friends

BRONTË, Emily

Wuthering Heights

COLLINS, Ciarán

The Gamal

CHBOSKY, Stephen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

CUARÓN, Alfonso (Dir.)

Children of Men (Film)

DICKENS, Charles

Great Expectations

FITZGERALD, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

FITZGIBBON, Ian (Dir.)

Death of a Superhero (Film)

FRIEL, Brian

Translations

GAIMAN, Neil

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

GREEN, John

The Fault in Our Stars

HAZANAVICIUS, Michel (Dir.)

The Artist (Film)

HITCHCOCK, Alfred (Dir.)

Rear Window (Film)

HOOPER, Tom (Dir.)

The King’s Speech (Film)

IBSEN, Henrik

A Doll’s House

JOYCE, James

The Dead (in a dramatization by Frank McGuinness)

KEANE, John B.

Big Maggie

KEEGAN, Claire

Foster KINGSOLVER,

Barbara

Flight Behaviour

LEONARD, Hugh

Home Before Night

LONCRAINE, Richard (Dir.)

Richard III (Film)

McCABE, EUGENE

Death and Nightingales

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

ORWELL, George

1984

REITMAN, Jason (Dir.)

Juno (Film)

RYAN, Donal

The Spinning Heart

SHAKESPEARE, William

Hamlet

      Othello

 

SOPHOCLES

Oedipus the King

WATERS, Sarah

The Little Stranger

ZUSAK, Markus

The Book Thief

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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   BOLAND, Eavan

 

 

The War Horse Child of Our Time The Famine Road The Shadow Doll White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland Outside History The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave Me This Moment The Pomegranate Love  

  DONNE, John

 

 

The Sunne Rising Song: Go, and catch a falling star The Anniversarie Song: Sweetest love, I do not goe The Dreame (Deare love, for nothing less than thee…) A Valediction Forbidding Mourning The Flea Batter my heart At the round earth’s imagined corners Thou hast made me   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  

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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  

  HOPKINS, Gerard Manley

 

 

God’s Grandeur Spring As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame The Windhover Pied Beauty Felix Randal Inversnaid I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day No worst there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend  

  KEATS, John

 

 

To one who has been long in city pent Ode To A Nightingale On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer Ode On A Grecian Urn When I have fears that I may cease to be La Belle Dame Sans Merci To Autumn Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art  

     

PLATH, Sylvia

 

Black Rook in Rainy Weather The Times Are Tidy Morning Song Finisterre Mirror Pheasant 7

 

  Elm Poppies in July The Arrival of the Bee Box Child

 

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  Poetry prescribed for Ordinary Level  

   

BISHOP, Elizabeth

The Fish The Prodigal Filling Station

BOLAND, Eavan

Child of Our Time This Moment Love

BRYCE, Colette

Self-Portrait in the Dark (with Cigarette)

DONNE, John

The Flea Song: Go and catch a falling star

DURCAN, Paul

Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail Parents Sport

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns

Preludes Aunt Helen

GALLAGHER, Tess

The Hug

HARDIE, Kerry

Daniel’s Duck

HOPKINS, Gerard Manley

Spring Inversnaid

KEATS, John

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer La Belle Dame Sans Merci

KENNELLY, Brendan

Night Drive

LOCHHEAD, Liz

Revelation

LONGLEY, Michael

Badger

MILTON, John

When I consider how my light is spent

MULDOON, Paul

Anseo

O’CALLAGHAN, Julie

Problems

O’REILLY, Caitriona

Interlude

PERRY, Paul

River of Light

PIERCY, Marge

Will we work together?

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

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PLATH, Sylvia

Poppies in July Child The Arrival of the Bee Box

SIRR, Peter

Madly Singing in the City

SOTO, Gary

Oranges

STAFFORD, William

Travelling Through the Dark

WOODS, Joseph

Letting the Cat out of the Bag

 

 

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