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The American Dream: Of Mice & Men Project

American Dream 2

In November I worked closely with Mr. Orrock on 26B English poster presentations, incorporating research techniques such as planning your research, where to source information, how to use the information correctly and how to cite the information used.

Over all criteria for the students

The poster involved the following parts:

  1. Written Section (25m)
    1. Word Count: 300
    2. Mixture of block-text, mind-maps etc.
  1. Artistic Section (25m)
    1. Original artwork
    2. Responsibly sourced images
    3. Graphics

Students started with a powerpoint (American Dream) about mindmapping and planning.

Then the students split in to groups, and worked out their individual roles. We used a padlet for this purpose and uploaded the link to our VLE Moodle.

AM Padlet
Padlet detailing the self-assigned group roles

The students were encouraged to try storyboarding, in order to plan out what their final poster would look like.

2nd year American Dream

AD storyboard

The students researched, typed up information, printed off photos and designed their own artwork in groups.

The final posters were produced and presented to the entire class. Well done to our fantastic second years – such hard work and planning went into it all.

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Sadhbh Devlin


Sadhbh Devlin is an award-winning blogger, a television researcher for Irish language television channel TG4 and a craft contributor for various magazines. She also reviews Irish language children’s books for Inis magazine.
You can find her making crafts and playing with her young twins on her award-winning blog where wishes come from, or writing about her adventures in children’s literature on her website. Bí ag Spraoi Liom! is her first Irish-language picture book for children.

Dave Rudden


Dave Rudden has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010. His short fiction and poetry have been published in journals such as Bare Hands, the Quotable, and Minus 9.

He has won the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and was short-listed for both the Hennessey New Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Prize. Graduating from the Creative Writing Masters in UCD, he was signed in November 2013 by Clare Wallace of the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency. Knights of the borrowed dark was Dave’s first novel.

Sarah Maria Griffin

Sarah Maria Griffin sq

Sarah Maria Griffin writes essays, poems, and other things. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011. She has published a book on moving to San Francisco called Not Lost, and her debut novel Spare and found Parts is out in 2018. She is usually covered in cat hair. She likes video games from the 1990’s and strong female protagonists.

Posted in Authors, Books, Reading

New books for September 2017

Slightly in advance of the new academic year we have a number of new books in the Learning Centre, covering a myrid of genres including Irish & American fiction, some young adult series, poetry, nature, science and some true crime.

For a full listing of what has come in please take a look at our Padlet, which lists each book by category and gives the location of the book in the Learning Centre.


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Misery loves company: why Stephen King remains Hollywood’s favorite author

An article in this week’s Guardian online looks at the longevity of author Stephen King and the hollywood adaptions of his work, recently we’ve seen remakes of both Carrie and It, and this year we have 4 adaptions of his coming out – starting with The Dark Tower in August.

Stpehn King Novels

King is a firm favourite here in the Learning Centre, with an old battered copy of Misery being the most borrowed (it will probably need to be replaced with a newer copy soon). We also have a well-thumbed copy of On Writing, which is read by both King fans and those interested in writing their own pieces.

Other articles like this:

Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King (James Smythe, The Guardian Oct 2015)

Is Stephen King a great writer? (Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture, Oct 2014)

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Great Reads Book Awards Long List 2017

It’s finally here – the Great Reads award long list. A panel of school librarians have the task of reading through all of these this Summer, and selecting a shortlist.

The long list below has the titles highlighted that we currently have in the learning centre, you can look them up on the catalogue PC or ask Lorraine or Barbara on the desk.


  1. The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt (Penguin: Oct 2016)
  2. Girl of Ink and Tears by Kiran Millwood Hargreave (Chicken House: May 2016)
  3. The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill (1/9/2016)
  4. Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley (April 2016)
  5. See You in the Cosmos / by Jack Cheng Junior (Feb 2017)
  6. Sarah Carroll: The Girl in Between June 2017
  7. The Hate U Give /by Angie Thomas (Blazer and Bray: February 2017)
  8. The Path of Revenge /by Aaron Byrne (Olympia: June 2016)
  9. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (Razorbill: Jan 2016)
  10. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegan Books: March 2016)
  11. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Delacorte: April 2016)
  12. Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia (Hyperion: August 2016)
  13. Joaquin Lowe: Bullet Catcher (Hot Key Books: February 2016)
  14. When Morning Comes, Arushi Raina (Tradewind: June 2016)
  15. The sign of one by Eugene Lambert (Egmont: April 2016)
  16. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  17. The Space between by Meg Grehan
  18. Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe (One World: 2017)
  19. The Ministry of Strange Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble
  20. One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus (Penguin: 2017)