Scene by Scene Classroom Questions and Comparative Study Guides

Classroom Questions for Junior and Senior Cycle

Scene by Scene Classroom Questions guides are books of questions for English teachers and students. These resources are designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences at both Junior and Leaving Cert level. 

Our guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. Teachers choose questions for homework, verbal or written classwork, to check on independent reading and study, or to underline and stress certain aspects of the text in class. You have the question you want when you need it!

Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text, encourage lively classroom discussions, and save teachers time.

Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

Scene by Scene have enhanced our range of Classroom Questions guides to include questions on the Comparative Study. Each of these guides includes:

  • Scene/Chapter Summaries
  • Scene/Chapter Questions
  • Further Questions
  • Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
  • Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
  • Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
  • Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
  • Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
  • The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

These expanded and updated Classroom Questions guides replace the Scene by Scene Comparative Study Workbooks.

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The Spinning Heart Comparative Study Guide

The Spinning Heart Comparative Study Guide

by Amy Farrell
€14.99 EUR

This 182 page study guide is a companion to 'The Spinning Heart' for the Leaving Cert English Comparative Study, for use in the classroom or for focussed independent study. This guide is intended for both teachers and students.

It contains notes and questions on each Comparative Study mode for each chapter. 

It also has additional notes and questions on each comparative mode considering the text as a whole.

Lastly, it has a comparing texts section, looking at comparing Comparative Study texts under each of the comparative study modes.

Section 1

  • Notes and Questions on each mode for each chapter of 'The Spinning Heart'.
  • Modes include: Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain.

    Section 2

    • Notes looking at each mode as a whole across the entire text.
    • Accompanying questions for each mode.

    Section 3

    • Comparing your texts: Questions on each mode to compare 'The Spinning Heart' and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

    This book is a companion guide for teachers teaching both Higher and Ordinary Level students the 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, a prescribed comparative study text for the Leaving Cert English examination in 2019 and 2020. 

    Each chapter contains notes on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain, and a set of questions on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain. The notes are intended as a starting point for students, to provide something concrete for each mode that can be developed and built on by exploring the relevant mode-based questions for each chapter.

    Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire novel, and accompanying questions (please note, there may be some similarity with earlier questions to draw attention to key ideas).

    Lastly, there is a section of questions on each mode, designed to prompt comparisons between ‘The Spinning Heart’ and other Comparative Study texts, preparing students for the Leaving Certificate exam.

    The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English

    Act Summaries
    306 Classroom Questions
    210 Questions on Comparative Modes
    114 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

    Scene by Scene’s The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions includes questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English, in addition to summaries and questions on each act. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the play The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.

    Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by act to complement the play The Playboy of the Western World. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching and studying the text. 

    Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

     •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

     •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

    The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains act summaries of J. M. Synge's play. There are also 306 questions, divided by act, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. An additional 346 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

    General Vision and Viewpoint
    Cultural Context/Social Setting
    Literary Genre
    Theme/Issue - Relationships
    Hero, Heroine, Villain
    The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

    Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

    Contents:
    Act Summaries

    Act Questions
    Further Questions
    Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
    The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

     

       

       

      Updated and Expanded Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

      Scene Summaries
      158 Classroom Questions
      172 Questions on Comparative Modes
      101 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

      This updated and expanded second edition of Scene by Scene’s Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study includes scene summaries, points to consider, scene questions and questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the play Big Maggie by John B. Keane.

      Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by scene to complement the play Big Maggie. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching the text. The teacher then selects the questions they wish to use.

      Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

       •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

       •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

      Big Maggie Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains scene summaries of John B. Keane's play. There are also 155 questions, divided by scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. An additional 245 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

      General Vision and Viewpoint
      Cultural Context/Social Setting
      Literary Genre
      Theme/Issue - Relationships
      Hero, Heroine, Villain
      The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

      Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

      Contents:
      Scene Summaries
      Scene Questions
      Points to Consider
      Further Questions
      Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
      Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
      The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

       

         

        Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study Save 20%

        Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

        by Amy Farrell
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        €14.99 EUR
        €11.99 EUR

        Updated and Expanded Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English

        Chapter Summaries
        253 Classroom Questions
        232 Questions on Comparative Modes
        123 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

        This updated and expanded second edition of Scene by Scene’s Foster Classroom Questions includes chapter summaries in addition to chapter questions, and questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the novel Foster by Claire Keegan.

        Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by chapter to complement the novel Foster. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching the text. The teacher then selects the questions they wish to use.

        Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

         •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

         •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

        Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains chapter summaries of Claire Keegan's novel. There are also 253 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel. An additional 232 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

        General Vision and Viewpoint
        Cultural Context/Social Setting
        Literary Genre
        Theme/Issue - Relationships
        Hero, Heroine, Villain
        The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

        Contents:
        Chapter Summaries

        Chapter Questions
        Further Questions
        Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
        Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
        The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

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        Macbeth Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

        Macbeth Scene by Scene Classroom Questions is a book for English teachers who are teaching Macbeth by William Shakespeare and intend to set straightforward questions for homework or classwork. Macbeth Scene by Scene contains 174 questions, divided by Act and Scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. It also has 69 teacher pointers, also divided by Act and Scene, to highlight key elements of the play.

        Why choose to study Macbeth?

        • Themes of ambition, greed, corruption and betrayal.
        • One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.
        • Interesting characters – Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo, Macduff, the Witches.
        • Exciting storyline – Macbeth’s violently ambitious quest for power.
        • Action-packed and gory.
        • Supernatural, eerie
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        King Lear Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

         

        King Lear Scene by Scene Classroom Questions is a book for English teachers who are teaching King Lear by William Shakespeare and intend to set straightforward questions for homework or classwork. King Lear Scene by Scene Classroom Questions contains 171 questions, divided by Act and Scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. It also has 74 teacher pointers, also divided by Act and Scene, to highlight key elements of the play.

        Why choose to study King Lear?

        • Themes of duty, loyalty, justice, madness, love and betrayal.
        • One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.
        • Interesting characters – King Lear, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Kent, the Fool, Edgar, Edmund.
        • Exciting storyline – Lear’s terrible treatment at the hands of his wicked daughters.

        The Plough and the Stars Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
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        €8.99 EUR

        Scene by Scene teaching resources are short books of questions, designed to save teachers time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. Classroom Questions teaching guides contain both closed, comprehension testing questions, and open, higher order questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis. Closed questions can be used to check understanding and make sure students are on-task, while open questions promote thinking and reflection. In this way, Scene by Scene Classroom Questions keep students engaged with and focused on the text, and involved in classroom discussion.

         The Plough and the Stars Classroom Questions contains 160 questions and 44 teacher pointers, divided by Act, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play, in addition to a brief summary of each of the four Acts.

        Why choose to study the Plough and the Stars by Seán O’Casey?

        • Themes of relationships, war and conflict and bravery and heroism.
        • Historical setting of the 1916 Rising in Dublin.
        • Engaging characters – tenement dwellers and members of the Rising.
        • Interesting storyline revolving around the outbreak of rebellion in Dublin.
        • Consideration of the role of women and social class.
        • Examination of devotion and loyalty to one’s country.

        Download a sample of The Plough and the Stars Classroom Questions here

        Product details: 40 pages, A5, paperback

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        Hamlet Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

        Hamlet Scene by Scene Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching Hamlet by William Shakespeare and intend to set straightforward questions for homework or classwork. Hamlet Scene by Scene Classroom Questions contains 149 questions, divided by Act and Scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. It also has 54 teacher pointers, also divided by Act and Scene, to highlight key elements of the play.

        Why choose to study Hamlet?

        • Themes of justice, duty, love, madness and death.
        • One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.
        • Interesting characters – Hamlet, Ophelia, Polonius, Laertes, Gertrude and Claudius.
        • Contains some of Shakespeare’s best known speeches.
        • Enthralling storyline – the reluctant Prince’s quest for vengeance .
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        The Fault in Our Stars Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €7.99 EUR

        The Fault In Our Stars Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. The Fault In Our Stars Questions contains 182 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.

         

        Why choose to study The Fault In Our Stars by John Green?

         

        • Themes of love, loss, grief, challenge, relationships and identity.
        • Modern setting.
        • Memorable narration of Hazel, a teenage cancer patient.
        • Interesting characters – Hazel, Augustus, Isaac, Peter Van Houten.
        • Compelling
        • Strikes a chord with YA
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        The Spinning Heart Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €8.99 EUR

        The Spinning Heart Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a teacher's resource intended for use in lesson planning, and in the classroom. It contains 248 questions, divided by chapter, to provoke student engagement and personal response while studying Donal Ryan's novel.

         

        Why choose to study The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan?

        • Themes of family, relationships, communication, loss.
        • Set in the Irish countryside during the recent economic recession.
        • Alternative perspectives, each chapter is written in a new voice, developing the story in layers.
        • Examines the gulf between our public and private selves.
        • Exciting, compelling storyline.

         

        Scene by Scene guides are teaching resources. They are short books of questions, designed to save teachers time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. Each guide is broken down by scene or chapter, to match and complement the text it accompanies. This means that the teacher is provided with a clear list of questions, at every stage of teaching the text. These questions can be used in class, or as homework, and so provide underlying structure to lesson planning.

        Classroom Questions teaching guides contain both closed, comprehension testing questions, and open, higher order questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis. Closed questions can be used to check understanding and make sure students are on-task, while open questions promote thinking and reflection. In this way, Scene by Scene Classroom Questions keep students engaged with and focused on the text, and involved in classroom discussion.

        Product Details: Paperback, A5, 34 pages.

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        A Doll's House Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €8.99 EUR

        A Doll’s House Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell contains 60 questions and 24 teacher pointers, divided by Act, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play.

        Why choose to study A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen?

        • Themes of marriage, friendship, equality and identity.
        • Modern setting.
        • Engaging characters – Nora and Torvald Helmer.
        • Interesting storyline.
        • Examination of the role of women in society and the limits and expectations placed on them.

        Scene by Scene guides are teaching resources. They are short books of questions, designed to save teachers time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. Each guide is broken down by scene or chapter, to match and complement the text it accompanies. This means that the teacher is provided with a clear list of questions, at every stage of teaching the text. These questions can be used in class, or as homework, and so provide underlying structure to lesson planning.

        Classroom Questions teaching guides contain both closed, comprehension testing questions, and open, higher order questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis. Closed questions can be used to check understanding and make sure students are on-task, while open questions promote thinking and reflection. In this way, Scene by Scene Classroom Questions keep students engaged with and focused on the text, and involved in classroom discussion.

        Product Details: Paperback, A5, 18 pages.