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JC English
JC English

1. Make sure you know the title and author of the texts you have studied for your Junior Cycle English

2. Practise writing titles and authors and check the spelling

3. Write some key quotations from your studied texts and memorise them

4. Take part in classroom discussion

5. Practise speaking and writing for different purposes as often as you can

As with any exam task, you should balance using your own ideas to engage critically with the text with, maintaining a strong focus on the requirements of the question. Before you start, ensure that you have an excellent range of subject terminology to hand, and then let your critical approach be guided by the assessment objectives for that exam section. On unseen poetry questions, most exam papers assess your analysis of language, structure and form.

Read the poem twice. During your first reading, identify the message, key themes, the speaker and subject of the poem. On your second read, look... (More)

An undiscovered paradise - English Essay

I woke up lying on the soft white sand, facing up towards the cloudless azure sky. I could feel the early morning sun bearing down on me. I sat up, rubbing my eyes. The sea was now calm, gentle turquoise waves breaking on the shore. The storm was truly over. And I had survived.

I tried to dredge up the foggy memories of last night. The ship… the black clouds… the raging winds… I had been on a voyage to America, across the Atlantic, from England. Back then, it was the only method of travelling long distances – planes had... (More)

Poetry Terms and Definitions with examples


Definition: The repetition of the beginning consonant sounds of neighboring words within a line.

Example: “Some Song Sung” or “Heap” and “Recent”.


Definition: The relatively close use of the same or similar vowel sounds but with different end consonants.

Example: “White and Shining” or “Heap and Recent”.


Definition: The close repetition of the same end consonants, but with differing vowel sounds coming before.

Example: “Downtown and Unbound”.


Definition: The continuation of the sense of a sentence of phrase beyond the end of a line.

End Rhyme

Definition: A... (More)