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1984 at Magpie Books Enniskerry

1984

€9.99 EUR

1984

by George Orwell
€9.99 EUR

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101...Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

Orwell's 1984 is a prescribed Comparative Study novel for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

A Doll's House at Magpie Books Enniskerry

A Doll's House

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A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen
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Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora's acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the tight web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that the only possible true course of action is to leave the family home.

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a prescribed comparative study text for leaving cert english exam 2016, 2017 and 2018

Animal Farm Classroom Questions at Magpie Books Enniskerry - 1

Animal Farm Classroom Questions

by Amy Farrell
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Animal Farm Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching Animal Farm by George Orwell and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. Animal Farm Classroom Questions contains 157 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.

Why choose to study Animal Farm by George Orwell?

  • Allegorical tale of Russian history and politics of the early twentieth century.
  • Interesting characters
  • Exciting

Product Details: A5, paperback, 19 pages.

 

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

 

     

    BROOKLYN CLASSROOM QUESTIONS FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY

     

    A 160 page companion guide to Brooklyn for Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English 2019 and 2020.
    For use in the classroom or for focussed independent study.

    Section 1

    • The film is divided into 5 parts.
    • Outline summary for each part.
    • Notes and Questions on each mode for each part.
    • 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 Brooklyn and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

       

      This book is a companion guide for the Comparative Study of ‘Brooklyn’, directed by John Crowley. Ideally it accompanies a second, detailed viewing and study of the film.

      For the purposes of classroom study, I have divided the film into five parts. Each part contains an outline summary, a brief note 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 brief note is 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 part.

      Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire film, 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 ‘Brooklyn’ and other Comparative Study texts.

      By the Bog of Cats

      By the Bog of Cats

      by Marina Carr
      €13.99 EUR
      Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Carr's lyrical and timeless play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed.'A piece of poetic realism steeped in the past... Carr has an extraordinary ability to move between the mythic and the real.' Guardian'A great play... a great work of poetry... the word should soon carry across both sides of the Atlantic.' IndependentBy the Bog of Cats premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1998. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in November 2004.

      Scene by Scene Classroom Questions are essential resources for teachers, designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. The guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching 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.

      Danny The Champion of the World Classroom Questions contains summaries of each chapter of Roald Dahl‘s classic novel. There are also 284 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.   Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

      Days Without End

      Days Without End

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      Days Without End

      by Sebastian Barry
      €10.50 EUR
      "A violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making [and] the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years." (KAZUO ISHIGURO). "A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go." (DONAL RYAN). 'I am thinking of the days without end of my life...'. After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.
      Death and Nightingales at Magpie Books Enniskerry Save 18%

      Death and Nightingales

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      Death and Nightingales

      by Eugene McCabe
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      It is 1883 and against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of Beth Winters slowly unfolds. Beth is determined to decide her own destiny yet seems doomed to repeat the tragic mistakes of her family.Through the events of the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax. In this powerful and gripping novel McCabe creates a lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

      Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2017 and 2018

      Eclipsed

      Eclipsed

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      Foster Classroom Questions with Comparative Study

      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

      Girl, Stolen Classroom Questions at Magpie Books Enniskerry

      Girl, Stolen Classroom Questions

      by Amy Farrell
      €8.99 EUR

       

      Scene by Scene Classroom Questions are essential resources for teachers, designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. The guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching 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.

      Girl, Stolen Classroom Questions contains 235 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about April Henry’s novel. Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions

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      Good Night, Mr. Tom Classroom Questions

      by Amy Farrell
      €7.99 EUR

      Good Night, Mr. Tom Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. Good Night, Mr. Tom Classroom Questions contains 187 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel. Its slim, A5 format makes it handy and convenient for busy teachers.

      Why choose to study Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian?

      • Themes of war, abuse and the power of friendship.
      • The setting of wartime Britain.
      • The developing friendship of Willie and Mr. Tom.
      • Interesting characters – gruff Mr. Tom and sickly Willie Beech.
      • Exciting
      If This is a Man/The Truce

      If This is a Man/The Truce

      by Primo Levi
      €12.95 EUR
      With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" - PHILIP ROTH
      It's Not Yet Dark

      It's Not Yet Dark

      by Simon Fitzmaurice
      €9.50 EUR
      In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive. Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent. Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.
      Juno Classroom Questions For Comparative Study

      JUNO CLASSROOM QUESTIONS FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY

       

      A 124 page companion guide to Juno for Comparative Study Leaving Certificate English 2019.
      For use in the classroom or for focussed independent study.

      Section 1

      • The film is divided into 5 parts.
      • Outline summary for each part.
      • Notes and Questions on each mode for each part.
      • 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 Juno and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

         

        This book is a companion guide for the Comparative Study of ‘Juno’, directed by Jason Reitman. Ideally it accompanies a second, detailed viewing and study of the film.

        For the purposes of classroom study, I have divided the film into five parts. Each part contains an outline summary, a brief note 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 brief note is 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 part.

        Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire film, 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 ‘Juno’ and other Comparative Study texts.

        Kensuke's Kingdom Classroom Questions at Magpie Books Enniskerry

        Kensuke's Kingdom Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions are essential resources for teachers, designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. The guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching 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.

        Kensuke’s Kingdom Classroom Questions contains summaries of each chapter of Michael Morpurgo’s classic novel. There are also 237 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.   Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

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        Lord of the Flies

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        Lord of the Flies

        by William Golding
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        A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors. a group of schoolboys. assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued By day. they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas. but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.In this. his first novel. William Golding gave the traditional adventure story an ironic. devastating twist. The boys delicate sense of order fades. and their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance. and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has turned into a tribe of faceless. murderous savages.First published in 1954. Lord of the Flies is now recognized as a classic. one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.
        Lord of the Flies Classroom Questions at Magpie Books Enniskerry

        Lord of the Flies Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

         

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions are essential resources for teachers, designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. The guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching 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.

        Lord of the Flies Classroom Questions contains 299 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about William Golding’s novel. Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions

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        Martyn Pig Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
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        Martyn Pig Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. Martyn Pig Classroom Questions contains 109 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel. Its slim, A5 format makes it handy and convenient for busy teachers.

        Why choose to study Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks?

        • Themes of friendship, relationships and questions of right and wrong .
        • Modern setting.
        • Darkly humourous storyline.
        • Interesting protagonist, the clever, but troubled teenager, Martyn Pig.
        • Engaging storyline and exciting twist.
        On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history, the Battle of the Somme. This enduring war play is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss. In the extraordinary circumstances of World War I, eight ordinary men arechanged, changed utterly.

        In 2016, one hundred years after the battle, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was revived in a co-production between Abbey Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

        This edition contains a new introduction by P. J. Mathews.

        'There is a touch of genius in McGuinness's, sensitive, often bleakly comic exploration of the men's situation.' Daily Telegraph

        'This is an epic drama that demands recognition for the male human animal in all his complexity, across any boundaries of belief or belonging we care to construct.' The Scotsman
        Of Mice and Men Classroom Questions at Magpie Books Enniskerry

        Of Mice and Men Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

        Scene by Scene Classroom Questions are essential resources for teachers, designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences. The guides are broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching 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.

        Of Mice and Men Classroom Questions contains chapter summaries, points to consider, and 123 questions divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about John Steinbeck’s novel. Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

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        Private Peaceful Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €7.99 EUR

        Private Peaceful Classroom Questions by Amy Farrell is a book for English teachers who are teaching Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and intend to set questions for homework or classwork. Private Peaceful Classroom Questions contains 141 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.

        Why choose to study Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo?

        • Themes of war, family, relationships.
        • World War One setting, a revealing illustration of trench warfare.
        • Historical appeal.
        • Recently adapted for film.

        Product Details: A5, paperback, 20 pages.

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        Romeo and Juliet Classroom Questions

        by Amy Farrell
        €9.99 EUR

        Romeo and Juliet Classroom Questions is a book for English teachers who are teaching Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and intend to set straightforward questions for homework or classwork. Romeo and Juliet Classroom Questions contains 135 questions, divided by Act and Scene, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. It also has 67 teacher pointers, also divided by Act and Scene, to highlight key elements of the play.

        Why choose to study Romeo and Juliet?

        • Themes of prejudice, love and hate.
        • One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
        • Interesting characters – Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Friar Laurence and the Nurse.
        • Exciting storyline – the tragic star-crossed lovers.