Paper One Essays
- Paper One requires you to write a composition on a topic connected thematically to the comprehension sections. This is worth 100 marks.
- You will have a choice of seven titles, each designed to elicit a different style of writing: a debate speech, a lighthearted article for a newspaper, a persuasive piece for a magazine, a talk to school assembly, a personal essay etc. You should have a fair idea by now which style of essay suits you.
- As a general rule, I feel the best essays are those where you're being honest and open and where you're revealing something of your emotional self; it's hard to be boring when you're discussing something that's important to you. Having said that, it's also true that some pupils have a talent for remembering facts and figures, and excel at essays where they're required to analyse political issues. Others enjoy debating and can produce a good speech without too much difficulty. You will only discover which type of essay suits you by trying out a few different styles: that's why you will write a lot of these essays in Fifth Year.
- Before you write, think. Make a plan. Follow the plan.
- DO NOT LEARN ESSAYS OFF BY HEART IN THE HOPE THAT YOU CAN REPRODUCE THEM IN AN EXAM!
You will write one Paper One essay per week for the first two terms. They are due on Friday - no excuses accepted. Your grades determine your monthly mark and count towards the Christmas and Easter exams. Here are the titles for the first term or two:
1. ‘Five things that really get on my nerves.’
2. You have just been appointed supreme ruler of the universe. Write a personal essay in which you outline how you intend running things.
3. Use the following as the introduction to a story: He shut the door and looked me straight in the eye. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, ‘there was nothing I could do.’
4. Write the text of a speech for or against the motion ‘Irish – A Complete Waste of Time’.
5. Write an article for a magazine on the place of religion in the lives of today’s teenagers.
6. Write an informative essay on what you consider to be the most useful/useless invention in the history of mankind.
7. Write an article for your school magazine in which you give survival advice to incoming first year pupils.
8. Write a short story inspired by the title ‘My First Love’.
9. Explain modern music to your granny.
10. Write a review of any film you have either thoroughly enjoyed or thoroughly detested.
As well as Paper One essays, you will write an essay on each of the literature units we will be looking at. These are the Paper Two essays. In Fifth Year, we should manage to deal with:
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Great Gatsby
These essays will fall due as we finish the poet or text in question and are also due on Fridays.