Leaving Cert 2016 revision checklist

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Below you will find a list of the crucial areas to have learned in preparation for the exam. This revision is obviously separate to the typical written exam preparations you will be making e.g. practicing planing, writing previous questions etc.


Revision checklist 2016

This check list is to assemble a list of areas that require specific learning as preparation for the exam. Obviously, preparing for the different sections also requires considerable time and effort being put into exam technique, preparation and strategy; as well as attempting as many previous questions as possible.  See notes or BCCNSEnglish.com Exam Centre for specific advice on preparing for the different areas of the exam.

Comprehension Learn the vocabulary of visual literacy (how to describe an image)  
Language of argument/ persuasion:  Key features and effectiveness  
Language of narration: Key features and effectiveness  
Language of information: Key features and effectiveness  
Make sure that you are familiar with the P (oint) E(vidence) E(xplain) system  of answering comprehension questions.


Composing (B) Make sure that you are comfortable planning using the P (urpose) A(udience) R(egister) system of planning composing questions.  
Learn the different structures/ formats required for different pieces of writing e.g. reviews, articles, interviews etc.


Essay Prepare an ‘essay strategy’ document with a numbered list pinpointing areas that can improve your essay grade.  
Aim to work on an area of the strategy every week  
Pick typical titles from previous papers and plan/ write. Practice writing opening paragraphs with a ‘hook’ and closing paragraphs with a ‘kick’


Single Text (King Lear) Read over your Act summaries again carefully until you are fully confident that you know the story of the play well  
Know your top quotes list perfectly (characters and utility quotes)  
Prepare detailed brainstorm plans for the main characters  
Prepare detailed brainstorm plans for the main themes  
Prepare detailed brainstorm for Imagery/symbolism in the play  
Prepare detailed brainstorm for the general appeal of the play  
Listen to the ‘Lear in Longford’ RTE podcasts (20m at a time), noting anything that you feel is significant.


Comparative Read over again the general notes sheets you were given on General Vision and Viewpoint and Literary Genre. Make sure that you are confident that you understand the principles of both modes.  
Learn the key paragraph headings (aspects) for both modes  
List/ learn the comparisons that you intend to make under each  
Make sure that you are familiar with a list of suitable comparative words/ phrases  
Re-familiarise yourself with 2-3 key moments from each text for both modes and the aspects that they highlight  
Learn quotations from all three texts for GV and LG (see notes)  
Learn generic opening paragraphs for each mode (general vision and viewpoint)  
Make sure that you have learned properly the basic information on all three texts (title, authors, characters etc.)


 Poetry Revise/ learn key formula for poetry (Language of poetry + relevant quotation + P.R.) <studied and unseen>  
Learn key points/quotes: Plath  
Learn key points/quotes: Dickinson  
Learn key points/quotes: Yeats  
Prepare vocabulary bank for use with most poets (from sample questions etc.)  
Prepare/ learn opening/ closing paragraphs (including ‘professional’ quote) for each poet  
Revise/ learn language of poetry (Metaphor, onomatopoeia, assonance etc)  
Unseen poetry Look carefully at sample answers and mark the formula (P.R.+R.Q.+L.P.)  

English@ Banagher College


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