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The Short Story or Narrative in the Exam [HD]

In this video lesson Greg Keegan looks at the composing section of the exam specifically the Short Story or Narrative. Greg goes through several story examples in detail and demonstrates techniques to create characters atmosphere and settings.
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The Personal Essay [HD]

In this video lesson Greg Keegan looks at the composing section of the exam specifically the Personal Essay. Greg has created a personal essay which demonstrates the techniques needed for good personal composition.
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Comparative Study - General Vision and Viewpoint [HD]

In this video lesson Greg Keegan discusses the Comparative Study.
Greg looks especially at the General Vision and Viewpoint, focusing on three texts:
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights"
Claire Keegan's "Foster"
Tom Hooper's "The Kings Speech"
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2015 English - Exam Paper 2 (Questions and Worked Answers) [HD]

In this video Greg Keegan works through 2015 Leaving Cert Higher Exam Paper 2.Greg covers each work in The Single Text, The Comparative Study and The Poetry Section.
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Reading and Comprehension Question (Exam Paper 1) [HD]

In this Study Pack, Greg Keegan looks at Question 1 on Paper l (Reading and Comprehension). Greg covers some recent exam papers in detail.
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King Lear - Single Text - A Global Understanding [HD]

- A comprehensive guide to understanding William Shakespeare's King Lear. Greg examines the whole play - Looking at the events, the character and their motivations. - Preparing a student to write effectively about King Lear. - Giving the student must have a global understanding of the play. King Lear is prescribed for the 2018 Leaving Cert Exam.
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2015 English - Exam Paper 1 (Questions and Worked Answers) [HD]

In this video Greg Keegan works through 2015 Leaving Cert Higher Exam Paper 1.
Greg goes through each question in both Sections.
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King Lear I - The Tragedy [HD]

- The Origins of Tragedy: Greek to Elizabethan. - How the tragedy unfolds: scene by scene. (Insight into the Characters, Their Dialogue and Their Behaviour) - The consequences for all involved King Lear is prescribed text for the 2018 Leaving Cert Exam
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King Lear II - Main Plot and Sub-Plot [HD]

- The Main Plot: Lear And His Daughters - The Sub Plot: Gloucester And His Sons King Lear is prescribed text for the 2018 Leaving Cert Exam.
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King Lear III - Images, Symbols and Quotations [HD]

This Lesson Covers: - Images, Metaphors, Quotations - The Aspect Of Key Characters - Exam Sample Questions King Lear is prescribed text for the 2018 Leaving Cert Exam.
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Macbeth - The Character of Macbeth [HD]

- Macbeth's Ambition and His Uncertainty - His Changing Relationship with Others (Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff and Malcolm) - His Terrifying Personal Journey From Great Soldier to Murderer (to Tyrant and Ultimately to his Downfall and Defeat) Macbeth is the prescribed text for the 2019 Leaving Cert Exam.
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Macbeth - The Plot Scene by Scene [HD]

- The Characters and Their Key Qualities Are Outlined - Key Quotations and Actions, The Reactions & The Consequences - Relationships, Their Breakdown and The Changes in Character - The Reality and The Unreality - The Heavens and The Hells That Are Created Are Explored. Macbeth is the prescribed text for the 2019 Leaving Cert Exam.
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Macbeth - Images, Symbols & Quotes [HD]

- Themes - Images - Symbols Macbeth is the prescribed text for the 2019 Leaving Cert Exam.
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Comparative Study - Cultural Context [HD]

Greg explores Cultural Context. Exploring themes of: Family, Violence, Role of Women and Education. Using three pieces: - Wuthering Heights (Novel by Emily Bronte) - The King’s Speech (film by Tom Hooper) - All My Sons (Play by Arthur Miller)
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Comparative Study - General Vision and Viewpoint [HD]

Greg explores the General Vision and Viewpoint Also an in-depth explanation of how to approach the Exam question. Three selected pieces: - How Many Miles to Babylon (Novel by Jennifer Johnston) - All My Sons (Play by Arthur Miller) - I’m not Scared (Film by Gabriele Salvatores)
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Poetry - Elizabeth Bishop [HD]

Poems Covered in this lesson include: - The Fish - First Death in Nova Scotia - The Filling Station - In the Waiting Room -.Sestina - The Prodigal Elizabeth Bishop is a prescribed poet for English (Higher) exam in 2019.
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Poetry - Eavan Boland [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The War Horse - Child Of Our Time - The Famine Road - Outside History - The Moment - Love - The Pomegranate Eavan Boland is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Emily Dickinson [HD]

An Overview of Emily's Work - Poems covered are: - I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed - 'Hope Is a Thing With Feathers - There's a Certain Slant Of Light - I Felt a Funeral In My Brain - I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died - I Could Bring You Jewels - The Soul Has Bandaged Moments
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Poetry - John Donne [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson are; - The Sun Rising - The Anniversary - The Flea - Go and Catch a Falling Star - Batter My Heart - At the Round Earths Imagined Corners
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Poetry - Paul Durcan [HD]

Poetry Includes: - Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail - Parents - En Famille 1979 - Madman - Sport - Nessa - The Difficulty that is Marraige Paul Durcan is a prescribed poet for English (Higher) exam in 2018.
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Poetry - Thomas S Eliot

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Aunt Helen - Preludes - The Journey of the Maji - East Coker IV
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Poetry - Robert Frost [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson are: - The Tuft Of Flowers - Mending Wall - The Road Not Taken - Birches - Out, Out - Aquainted With The Night - Provide, Provide Robert Frost is a prescribed poets for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Seamus Heaney

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The Forge - Bogland - The Tollund Man - A Constable Calls - Twice Shy - The Skunk - The Lightening VIII Seamus Heaney is a prescribed poet for English (Higher) exam in 2019.
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Poetry - Gerald Manley Hopkins [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - God's Grandeur - Spring - As Kingfishers Catch Fire - The Windhover - Felix Randall - No worst, there is None - I wake and feel the fell of dark Gerard Manley Hopkins is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Patrick Kavanagh [HD]

Poems explored in this lesson include: - Inniskeen Road July Evening - Shanocduff - A Christmas Childhood - Advent (Dublin Poem) - The Hospital - Canal Bank Walk - Lines Written On a Seat - Summary View
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Poetry - John Keats [HD]

Poems Explored In This Lesson Include: - To One Who Have Been Long In City Pent - On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer - When I have Fears That I May Cease To Be - La Belle Dame Sans Merci - Ode To A Nightingale - To Autumn John Keats is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Thomas Kinsella

The poems covered in this lesson include: - Model School - Inchicore - Dick King - Tear - Mirror in February - Chrysalides - Thinking of Mr.D.
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Poetry - Philip Larkin [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The Wedding Wind - At Grass - Church Going - An Arundel Tomb - The Whitsun Weddings - The Trees - Cut Grass Philip Larkin is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Michael Longley

Poems covered in this lesson include: - Badger - Wound - Poteen - Mayo Monologues - Self Heal - Ceasefire - An Amish Rug
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Poetry - Derek Mahon [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - Grandfather - Day Trip to Donegal - Ecclesiastes - After the Titanic - As It Should Be - A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford - Antartica
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Poetry - Eilean Ní Chuilleanáin [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The Bend in the Road - To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 Sept 2009 - All for You - Following - On Lacking the Killer Instinct Eilean Ní Chuilleanáin is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2018 English (Ordinary) exam in 2018
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Poetry - Slyvia Plath [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - Black Rook in Rainy Weather - Morning Song - Mirror - Child - Elm - The Arrival of the Bee Box' Sylvia Plath is a prescribed poet for: English (Higher) exam in 2019 English (Ordinary) exam in 2019
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Poetry - Adrienne Rich [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - Diving into the Wreck - Aunt Jennifer's Tigers - The Uncle Speaks in the Drawing Room - Storm Warnings - Living in Sin - The Roofwalker - Trying to talk with a Man
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Poetry - William Butler Yeats [HD]

Poems covered in this lesson include: - The Lake - Isle of Innisfree - September 1913 - Easter 1916 - The Wild Swans at Coole - Sailing to Byzantium - The Stare's Nest by my Window
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Poetry - Shakespeare's Sonnets

Looking at the structure of the sonnet. Sonnets Covered are: - Sonnet 18 - Sonnet 29 - Sonnet 60 - Sonnet 73 - Sonnet 116 - Poem Number 6 (Fear No More...)
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Poetry - Derek Walcott [HD]

Poems Covered In This Lesson are: - A Letter from Brooklyn - Endings - Saint Lucia's First Communion - Summer Eagles - Noeline - From Omeros
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Poetry - William Wordsworth [HD]

Poems Covered In This Lesson Include: - Tintern Abbey - She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways - A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal - Composed Upon Westminister Bridge - It's a Beauteous Evening Calm and Free - The Stolen Boat
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Poetry - The Unseen Poem [HD]

Poem "Back Yard" by Carl Sandberg - Guidelines - Style - Sound Effects - Mood and Tone - Colour Structure - Diction and Punctuation
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Comprehending [HD]

This Lesson Look at: - What The Examiner Looking For - Question A and Question B - How To Decide which Texts to Answer - Understanding The Text
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Guidelines For Composing [HD]

This Lesson Includes: - How To Tackle Compositions - Avoiding Mistakes - Preparations - Different Genres in writing - Examples on each Writing Genre - Worked compositions
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Hamlet - A Global Understanding [HD]

In this video lesson Greg Keegan discusses the play Hamlet.
Greg tries to give an overall understanding of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.Greg goes through the play scene by scene, to give the student a thorough knowledge of the text.
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Hamlet I - The Plot Scene by Scene [HD]

- Elsinore, The Battlements - Polonius spying on his son Laertes - A Meeting with Claudius the King - To England! And Grave Scene - Ophelia’s Funeral
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Hamlet II - The Character of Hamlet. [HD]

- Hamlet's Character And Role - Claudius Characterisation - Laertes Characterisation
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Hamlet III - Themes and Images [HD]

- Hamlet And The Nature of Tragedy - The Themes - Symbols - Twenty Significant Quotations
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Othello - The Characters of Othello [HD]

This Lesson Covers: - The Characters of Othello And Iago (A Comparative Character Analysis) Key Themes Explored: - Good and Evil - Love and Hate - Jealousy and Revenge - Trust and Misunderstanding - Race, Colour and Alienation - Appearance and Reality
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Othello - Imagery, Symbolism and Quotations [HD]

- The Storm - Heaven and Hell - Animal Imagery - Various quotations from the play are also covered.
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Othello - The Plot Scene By Scene [HD]

- The Main Plot elements In Each Scene - Relevant Excerpts From The Character's Dialog - Evidence Against Cassio - Iago The Villian - Othello The Man
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