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24-6364 The Poetry of Tracy K. Smith for Leaving Cert English

24-6364 The Poetry of Tracy K. Smith for Leaving Cert English

This webinar is aimed at teachers of Senior Cycle English.

Tracy K. Smith is a new poet included in the Prescribed Material for the Leaving Certificate Examination 2025.

Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California.

She is a professor of English and of African and African American Studies.

Smith is a Pulitzer winning poet, and a two-time poet laureate of the United States (2017-2019).

She uses her poetry to capture what it means to be a descendent of slaves, a human in love, a nation divided. In her work she raises questions on identity, relationships, sexuality and power.

The webinar will focus on:

  • Biography of the poet.
  • Discussion of the key themes across her work.
  • Stylistic features in her poetry.
  • Essay style questions.


Ann Marie Garvey has over twenty years teaching experience and works in Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon. She was seconded for three years as an English Advisor with Junior Cycle for Teachers. She has been an Advising Examiner of Leaving Cert Higher Level English for the past eight years and remains an English Associate with Oide.

Elaine McGowan has over twenty years teaching experience and is currently a teacher of English and History and Year Head in St. Attracta's Community School, Co. Sligo. She was an Examiner for both Junior and Leaving Cert. Higher Level English. Elaine returned to her classroom after a four year secondment to Junior Cycle for Teachers as an English Advisor

Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 02-10-2024 7:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 02-10-2024 6:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Fee Free
Select Hours 1
Speaker Ann Marie Garvey and Elaine McGowan
Course Format Online
Location Online