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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT NEW WAEC/NECO/NABTEB/JAMB HARMONIZED LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH TEXTS

The WAEC, NECO and NABTEB have released the Selected and Harmonized Literature Texts/Books for Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, (SSCE) For School and Private Candidates for 2021-2025 Session.

The WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Selected and Harmonized Literature Texts/Books contain the list of books which are recommended as a study guide for students intending to write their final examinations in senior secondary schools nationwide.

It consists of text for African Prose, Non-African Prose, Shakespearean Text, African Drama, Non-African Drama, African Poetry and Non-African Poetry.

WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Literature Texts/Books for 2021-2025 can be viewed below. The new syllabus will cover five years started from 2021 to 2025.

This complete list of WASSCE Literature books for 2021-2025 is also for those of you in the United States, South Africa and other parts of the world. That is, if you’re studying for the WAEC WASSCE Literature-in-English paper.

Whether you’re a parent targeting anyone of the following years for your ward to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), it is our believe that this has been a good opportunity for you to note the prescribed WASSCE Literature books for 2021-2025 and your child will undoubtedly need to study them and make use of them correctly.

First Term – Literature-in-English SSS 1

  1. Introduction to Literature.
  2. Genres of Literature.
  3. Terms used in drama.
  4. Genres of Literature (Prose).
  5. Genres of Literature (Poetry).
  6. Poetic Devices.
  7. Figures of speech.
  8. Literary Appreciation: Themes, style, mood and symbolism.
  9. Distinctive feature of each of the genres of literature.

Second Term – Literature-In-English SSS 1

  1. Introduction to Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
    – Background of the novelist.
    – Background and setting of the novel.
    – Plot summary.
  2. Themes and Style of the novel.
  3. Character Analysis –Major characters (roles and significance).
  4. Character Analysis 2 – Minor characters (roles and significance).
  5. General Overview of the novel.
  6. Introduction to The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka
    – Background of the dramatist.
    – Background and setting of the play.
    – Plot summary.
  7. Themes and Styles.
  8. Characterization: Major characters (roles and significance).
  9. Characterization: Minor characters

Third Term – Literature-in-English SSS 1

  1. Introduction to “Black Woman” by Leopard Sedar Senghor.
    – The background and setting of the poet/poem.
    – Subject matter/summary of the poem.
    – Effective use of poetic devices/techniques.
    – Effective use of imagery/symbolism.
  2. Themes and Style of the poem, “Black Woman” by Leopard Sedar Senghor.
  3. “The Leader and the Led” by Niyi Osundare.
    – The background and setting of the poet/poem.
    – Subject matter/summary of the poem.
    – Effective use of poetic devices/techniques.
    – Effective use of imagery/symbolism.
  4. Themes and Style of the Poem, “The Leader and the Led”
  5. Introduction to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté
  6. Themes and Style in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté.
  7. Characterization (Major Characters in Wuthering Heights and their significant roles).
  8. Characterization (Minor Characters in Wuthering Heights and their significant roles).
  9. General Overview (Give Project work to the students).
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PREAMBLE

In particular, the syllabus aims at enabling the students to cultivate critical skills as tools for independent assessment of human issues and the enjoyment and study of any Literature.

It should help in moulding and forming their character morally and intellectually.

The syllabus will test candidates

(a) critical response to, and awareness of, how literature functions;
(b) familiarity with the terms and concepts necessary for the appreciation of Literature;
(c) ability to distinguish between types of Literature, their techniques of composition and
modes of appeal;
(d) competence in understanding literary texts at their various levels of meaning (e.g. surface, implied, etc.);
(e) facility in responding imaginatively to literature through an effective and organized use of language.

CONTENT OF THE PAPERS

Candidates will be required to take three compulsory papers.

The total marks for the three papers will be 200 Marks.

PAPER 1: 1¼ Hours – Multiple Choice/Objective Questions – 50 Marks (25%)

This paper will consist of 50 multiple-choice context and objective
questions.

PAPER 2: 2½ hours – Drama and Poetry: 100 Marks (50%)

This paper will be divided into four sections (A, B, C and D) and
candidates must answer one question only from each section.

PAPER 3: 1¼ hours – Prose: 50 Marks (25%)

This paper will be divided into two sections, A and B (African and Non-
African Prose)

Candidates will answer two questions in all: one question from Section A (African Prose) and one question from Section B (Non-African Prose)

DETAILED SYLLABUS

Paper 1 – Multiple-Choice Objective and Context Questions

The aim of this paper is to test candidates’ knowledge of the prescribed Shakespearean text and
general questions on literary appreciation.

In this regard, candidates will be required to answer 50 compulsory objective and context type questions made up as follows:

WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH

(a) 20 questions on general knowledge of Literature:

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(b) 5 questions on one Unseen Prose Passage;

(c) 5 questions on one Unseen Poem Passage;

(d) 20 Objective/Context questions on a compulsory Shakespearean text recommended for study.

(i) The Unseen Prose Passage will be about 120 – 150 words.

(ii) Only context and objective questions will be set on the Shakespearean text. The context questions will test such items as theme, characterization, style and structure in the Shakespearean play. No essay question will be based on the recommended text.

PAPER 2 – African and Non-African Drama and Poetry

This paper will be made up of the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be divided into four sections (A, B,C and D) and candidates will be required to answer four questions; one question must be answered from each of the four sections.

The sections are as follows:

Section A : African Drama,
Section B : Non-African Drama,
Section C : African Poetry,
Section D : Non-African Poetry.

(a) Questions on Drama will test candidates’ detailed knowledge of the plays as works of art meant for the stage.

(b) Questions on Poetry will test candidates’ ability to recognize the means through which a poet communicates his feelings and ideas.

(c) There will be two essay questions on each prescribed text and candidates will be expected to answer only one question from each text.

PAPER 3 – African and Non-African Prose

This paper will be divided into two sections as follows:

Section A: African Prose,
Section B: Non-African prose.

Two questions will be set on each of the novels recommended for study. Candidates will be required to answer one question only from each section.

NOTE
(a) The context questions will test such areas as theme, characterization, setting etc.

(b) The questions on Drama will test candidates’ detailed knowledge of the plays as works of art meant for the stage.

(c) The questions on Poetry will test candidates’ ability to recognize the various means through which a poet communicates his feelings and ideas.

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(d) The questions on Prose will test candidates’ firm grasp of the structure of the work and the various means by which the writer dramatizes the experiences to make the work seem real.

(e) For Papers 2 and 3, there will be two essay questions on each prescribed text and candidates will be expected to answer only one question from each prescribed text in the sections as contained in the rubrics.

(f) No essay questions will be set on the compulsory Shakespearean text recommended for study. Only context and objective questions will be set on the text.

AFRICAN PROSE 

  • Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
  • Unexpected Joy at Dawn by Alex Agyei-Agyiri (2018 Edition)

NON-AFRICAN PROSE

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

SHAKESPEAREAN TEXT 

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

AFRICAN DRAMA 

  • Let me Die Alone by John K. Kargbo
  • The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

NON-AFRICAN DRAMA

  • Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
  • Fences by August Wilson

AFRICAN POETRY

  • “Black Woman” by Leopold Sedar Senghor
  • “The Leader and the Led” by NiyiOsundare
  • “The Grieved Lands of Africa” by AgostinhoNeto
  • “The Song of the Women of my Land” by Oumar Farouk Sesay
  • “Raider of the Treasure Trove” by Lade Wosornu
  • “A Government Driver on his Retirement” by OnuChibuike

NON-AFRICAN POETRY 

  • “The Good-Morrow” by John Donne
  • “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
  • “The Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Eliot
  • “Do not Go Gentle into the Good Night” by Dylan Thomas
  • “Binsey Poplars (Felled 1879)” by G.M. Hopkins
  • “Bat” By David H. Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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