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Studying Non-Literary Texts

Table of Contents

Introduction 2

Resources 4

Documentary On One 4

The Irish Film Institute 4


Non-literary texts are texts whose primary purpose is to convey information and do not have the same narrative and fictional elements as literary texts. Examples of non-literary texts include textbooks, legal documents, articles in academic journals, recipes, how-to books, and instruction manuals.

But once you know what a non-literary text is, the question becomes: How do you read a non-literary text? Reading a literary text includes searching for motifs, metaphors, and symbolism, but reading and analyzing a non-literary text is quite different. Analyzing a non-literary text requires confirming the facts, gaining knowledge, developing skills, and performing tasks.

Non-literary texts are exactly what they say on the tin: texts outside of poems, novels, plays, short stories, and films that you are required to comprehend and respond to.

In this pack, we offer you some resources to aid your practice and revision, and include the non-literary text-based questions from recent exam papers – which demonstrate that non-literary texts are an increasingly common feature of the new exams, particularly at higher level.


Documentary On One

RTÉ, through the 'Documentary On One' in RTÉ Radio 1, has partnered with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) to bring radio into the classrooms in second level schools around the country.

11 'Documentary On One' productions have been carefully selected for Junior Cycle students. Each radio documentary is accompanied by a worksheet (JCT Inspectorate approved) to enable both students and teachers to analyse, discuss and utilise these radio documentaries to engage with the Learning Outcomes in the English Specification.

By critically listening to these award winning audio texts, students will develop their listening skills, oral proficiency and writing skills.

Using a thematic approach, and based oral and writing assignments on the learning outcomes ...

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