English Revision Guide - Premium

Contents

Contents 2

Introduction 4

Paper 1 4

Paper 2 4

How to use this guide 4

How to prepare for the Junior Cert 5

Writing for Examination 5

Paper 1, Section 1: Reading (40 marks) 7

Learning objectives 7

What appears in this section? 7

Practice your reading skills 7

Answering comprehension questions 8

Types of questions that may be asked 8

Tips for reading in an exam setting 9

Key points 9

Paper 1, Section 2: Personal Writing (70 marks) 10

Learning objectives 10

What appears in this section? 10

Steps of the writing process 11

Descriptive writing 11

Narrative writing 12

Writing for debate 12

Writing a short story 13

Making a plan 14

Key points 14

Paper 1, Section 3: Functional writing (30 marks) 15

Learning objectives 15

What appears in this section? 15

What is functional writing? 15

Letters 16

Short Talks and Speeches 18

Reports 19

Diary entries 19

Reviews 20

Newspaper/magazine articles 21

Instructions 21

Advertisements 22

Key points 23

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English JC – Revision Notes.

Paper 1, Section 4: Media Studies (40 marks) 24

Learning objectives 24

What appears in this section? 24

Advertising 24

Newspapers 25

Magazines 25

Comics and cartoons 25

Radio and TV 26

Key points 26

Paper 2, Section 1: Drama (60 marks) 27

Learning objectives 27

What appears in this section? 27

The story/plot 28

The characters 28

The setting 28

Theme 29

Drama as a production 29

The director 30

The actors 31

The production team 31

Key points 31

Paper 2, Section 2: Poetry (60 marks) 32

Learning objectives 32

What appears in this section? 32

What to look for in poetry… 33

Theme and tone: The “what” and “why” of poetry 33

Techniques: The “how” of poetry 33

Poetic devices and other poetic terms 33

Key points 36

Paper 2, Section 3: Fiction (60 marks) 37

Learning objectives 37

What appears in this section? 37

What is fiction? 37

Important aspects of fiction 37

Key points 39

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English JC – Revision Notes.

Introduction

Paper 1

  • Paper 1 of the English exam will assess how will you respond to texts and will also look at how you write, creatively and functionally. The text...

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