Junior Cycle English Assessment Task, May 2017 -- Distinction-grade Sample Answer
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Give the titles of two texts, from your collection of texts, that you consider to be your best writing and identify the genre of each text.
The two texts from my collection that I consider to be my best are:
- Sewing the Sea (a poem)
- Flashes (a short series of flash fiction pieces)
Select an extract (for example, a paragraph, passage, or verse) from one text identified. Copy the extract into the space provided in the booklet.
A verse from ‘Sewing the Sea’:
Fishing for water,
sewing the sea,
you sit at ease
on your swept
and beaten quay,
passing no heed
to ticking time nor tide,
nor in the distance, me.
Write a response to either (a) or (b).
(a) Explain how two features of the extract you have chosen are typical of its genre.
The first feature of my chosen extract that’s quite typical of the poetry genre is its use of rhy...