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The Spinning Heart

The Spinning Heart

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY Why Teach 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan? When I first read ‘The Spinning Heart’, I was gripped from the very first lines, “My father still lives back the road past the weir in the...

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY Why Teach 'Brooklyn' by John Crowley? Brooklyn is a 2015 romantic drama directed by John Crowley. Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis Lacey, a young woman who emigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950s where she falls...

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Juno

Juno

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY Why Teach 'Juno' by Jason Reitman? Juno is a 2007 American coming of age comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman. Ellen Page stars as Juno, an independent-minded teenager confronting an unplanned pregnancy and the subsequent events...

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Eclipsed

Eclipsed

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY 2020 Why teach ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Burke Brogan for the Comparative? As a new title on the list of prescribed texts for comparative study, ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Brogan Burke immediately caught my eye.   This...

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A Skull in Connemara

A Skull in Connemara

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY 2019 Why teach ‘A Skull in Connemara’ by Martin McDonagh for 2019? It can be of great advantage to teach a new text for the comparative study– it’s something fresh and interesting, and your students...

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Choosing Comparative Study Texts

Choosing Comparative Study Texts

I must admit that I find choosing Comparative Study texts difficult. Choosing texts to study for the Comparative can take a lot of time and thought. Students find the Comparative Study difficult. It is unlike what we usually ask them...

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