Monthly Archives for November 2011



The Irish Times ‘Must-Reads for Teenagers’

In today’s Irish Times (Saturday 26th November 2011), there is a supplement detailing books that are ‘must-reads’ for teenagers. They are not numbered or put into age categories but it is interesting to note that the first book they have mentioned is ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell – our College book for November. Other books on […]


Friendship in ‘Inside I’m Dancing’

Answering the following questions will provide you with a comprehensive resource on the theme of friendship in ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ by Damien O’Donnell. What is Michael’s initial reaction to Rory? What is Rory’s initial reaction to Michael? In what way are the two characters different? What do they have in common? What is the significance […]


Linking sentences

Words and constructions that could be used in comparative writing:   When making connections between similar aspects of texts: I noticed in both X and Y that . . . This situation in X is very like the part in Y where . . . Joe in X reminds me of Mary in Y where […]


Drama in Act 2 Scene 3 ‘Macbeth’

‘Macbeth’ – thrilling, shocking, exciting, frightening. It would be difficult to find a play more dramatic! Murder, war, witches, hallucinations, ghosts, sleep walking and even a touch of humour just for balance. The dramatic elements draw us in and compel us to engage with this play on many levels.   The whole play is full […]


Costa Book Awards

 The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. It’s unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000, […]


Summary of ‘Hamlet’

The following are some of the key points to note in the plot of ‘Hamlet’. Act 1 The soldiers arre convinced that the ghost they have seen is real; they are expecting it to appear again and so the audience is prepared to accept the sight of the ghost. There is a state of unrest […]


Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

A modifier is a word or phrase that describes something. There are two common types of modifiers in the English language: Adverbs – describing verbs Adjectives – describing nouns Confusion can be caused when a modifier is placed too close to some other word that it does not intend to modify. The result can be humorous, […]


2011 LCHL Question on Theme or Issue

‘A reader’s view of a theme or issue can be either changed or reinforced through interaction with texts.’ Compare the extent to which your understanding of a theme or issue was changed or reinforced through your interaction with at least two texts on your comparative course. [70]   Marking Scheme Areas from which comparisons might […]


Friendship as demonstrated by R&G in Act 3

Hamlet is fully aware of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s reasons for being in Elsinore and so he treats them with contempt and derision. He knows they are mere pawns of the king and so in his dealings with them he uses his ‘antic disposition’ at will. When, after staging The Murder of Gonzago, Hamlet manages to […]