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SEC Marking Schemes Translated (Paper II, Unseen Poetry)

May 18, 2017

SEC Marking Schemes Translated (Paper II, Unseen Poetry)

Well, if your answer is ‘Yes’ to the above, this is the guide for you. Keep reading for our translation of one example of the SEC marking schemes used annually by Irish examiners to assess Ireland’s exam students.

 

Leaving Certificate English Higher Level 2016

 

Section III Poetry (70 marks)

 

Candidates must answer A – Unseen Poem and B – Prescribed Poetry

 

A UNSEEN POEM (20 marks)

 

Answer either Question 1 or Question 2.

 

GENERAL

‘Students should be able to… read poetry conscious of its specific mode of using language as an artistic medium.’ (DES English Syllabus, 4. 5. 1)

 

This is quite philosophical. You are encourage to see and read poetry as if it were written in its very own language, something that, we guess, arguably it is.

Note that responding to the unseen poem is an exercise in aesthetic reading. It is especially important, in assessing the responses of the candidates, to guard against the temptation to assume a ‘correct’ reading of the poem.

The examiner is warned here that no reasonable, well-supported interpretation of a poem should be dismissed. In poetry in particular, there is no correct answer.

Reward the candidates’ awareness of the patterned nature of the language of poetry, its imagery, its sensuous qualities, and its suggestiveness.

You’re encouraged to consider the poem’s form, its use of imagery and sensory language, and any deeper meanings behind it.

1. (a) Outline the ideas expressed by the poet in this poem.

Support your answer with reference to the text. (10)

Mark ex 10 by reference to the criteria for assessment.

A+ B C D E-

10 marks 10 – 9 7 6 4 3 – 0

Mark-Grade range: 9+=A, 7-8-B, 6=C, etc.

Expect candidates to outline the ideas expressed by the poet in this poem. Answers should be supported by reference to the poem.

‘Ideas’ allows a wide range of interpretation. Quoting from this text is essential, especially as it is right in front of you.

(b) Select two images from the poem that you think best convey the poet’s ideas.

Explain your choice. (10)

Mark ex 10 by reference to the criteria for assessment.

 A+ B C D E-

 10 marks 10 – 9 7 6 4 3 – 0

Expect candidates to identify two images from the poem that they think best convey the poet’s

ideas in the poem and, in each case, provide an explanation for their choice.

You need to refer to these with precision. Quote each directly.

OR

2. Discuss the language used by the poet throughout this poem. Refer closely to the text in your answer. (20)

Mark ex 20 by reference to the criteria for assessment.

 A+ B C D E-

 20 marks 20 – 17 14 11 8 7 – 0

Expect candidates to discuss the language used by the poet throughout the poem. Candidates should refer closely to the text in their answers.

 Quote little and often.

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