- Keep your focus on the question at all times
- Analyse and discuss the text
- Give your opinions with conviction and energy
- Write fluently
- Make clear connections between paragraphs
- Be confident that you can assess the success of the writer's style
- Don't give large chunks of summary
- Don't give unfocused character sketches
- Don't skim the surface of the text - dig deep
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
The Single Text In Focus
This evening some members of the English Department attended a conference on correcting the Single Study Text for the Leaving Certificate. Raymond Frawley, former Chief Examiner of the Leaving Certificate English Examinations, provided '10 Commandments' for students to remember when they are answering their Single Study question and five things that examiners look for when they are correcting this question. Try to remember these tips when you are writing your next essay!
10 COMMANDMENTS FOR ANSWERING ON YOUR SINGLE TEXT
5 THINGS THAT EXAMINERS ARE LOOKING FOR:
"A sound understanding and a genuine appreciation of the features of the writing"
"A genuine interest and perceptive analysis of the text"
"Students should engage clearly and never lose focus of the question"
"You can't beat passion and energy, allied to good knowledge of the text"
"Make a convincing and compelling argument that is well supported
with judicious quotation"