Spring 2003

Reading for Pleasure


In this Spring edition of TESS, we present the fiction choices of our Junior Certificate readers. Both teachers and students have written about the books that they choose for the classroom or enjoy in their leisure time. We will be glad to welcome more contributions about your book choices for the next edition of TESS.

Teachers from the English Department in Maynooth Post-Primary school tell us about the wide range of fiction that they have chosen for their Junior Certificate classes. Third year students from Loreto Abbey in Dalkey write about the fiction and non-fiction that they choose to read in their leisure time and about their experience of novels in the classroom during the three years of their Junior Certificate programme.

Irish authors, Catherine Dunne and Rose Doyle have also written to tell readers about their new titles In Search of another Kind of Life and Fate and Tomorrow, both published this month.

Our prescribed Author Feature in this edition is an essay written by Deirdre Madden whose novel One by One in the Darkness is now on our Leaving Certificate Comparative study. This will be of interest to the many students and teachers who have enjoyed this novel and wish to read about the author's life, her feelings about this story and the impetus to write it. Our thanks to Ms Madden and to Faber and Faber for this article.

In response to your requests, we continue to publish the comparative selections made by teachers around the country for study at senior level. We also continue our introductions of new writers and texts on the prescribed lists and in this edition feature articles on the poet Sylvia Plath and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

You are welcome to share with TESS readers your experience of teaching prescribed poets or texts and your student responses to texts they enjoy. In this edition, we publish examples of creative modelling from students of Sancta Maria College in Ballyroan.

In other features, our Noticeboard gives information on modular courses on the Junior Certificate programme in the coming months, Talk to TESS answers your questions and teachers continue to send us reviews of the books they have chosen for their own reading pleasure.

The magazine is posted on the Portlaoise Education Website at www.laoisedcentre.ie

Comparative Selections
Poetry Feature
In search of another kind of life
Why teach Twelfth Night
Notice Board
Author Feature
Junior Certificate Fiction
Students Write
Junior Fiction Reviews
Creative Modelling in the Language Course
Books to Enjoy
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