Literature for WASSCE 2021 to 2025

In preparation for the WASSCE 2021 to 2025, this is a list of recommended books for current students of SSS1 and SSS2 as of 2019.

The purpose of publishing this list online is to allow parents or guardians to be aware of and engage their children or wards towards a discussion of the relevant book texts.

In an earlier post, I discussed the strategies for effective studying that improves, retention and recall and subsequently exam pass rates.

Success in exams results in future opportunities to succeed academically and financially.

Organizations that take part in community outreach, should make a note of these books as preferred for sharing out to children in the community.


There will be three papers – Papers 1, 2 and 3. Papers 1 and 2 will a composite paper and will be taken at one sitting.
Paper 1 will be a multiple-choice objective test. It will contain fifty questions distributed as follows:
(a) Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature;
(b) Five questions on an unseen prose passage;
(c) Five questions on an unseen poem;
(d) Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text.
Candidates will be required to answer all the questions within 1 hour for 50 marks.

Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B. Section A will be on African Prose and Section B on Non-African Prose.
Two essay questions will be set on each of the novels prescribed for study. Candidates shall be required to answer one question only from each section within 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks.

Paper 3 will be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be put into four sections, Sections A, B. C and D as follows:

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

There shall be two questions on each of the prescribed drama texts for Sections A and B. There shall also be two questions for each of the poetry sections ie Sections C and D.
Candidates shall be required to answer one question from each of the sections, making a total of four questions. The paper will take 2 hours 30 minutes to complete and will carry 100 marks.


(i) The Unseen Prose passage for Paper 1 shall be about 120 – 150 words long.
(ii) Only context questions shall be set on the Shakespearean text. The context questions will test such items as theme, characterization, style and setting in the Shakespearean text.

(iii) No essay question shall be set on the Shakespearean text.

Here is a list of SET TEXTS FOR 2021 – 2025. These are for the current SSS 1 and SSS 2 class towards the WASSCE.

I was excited to see this list because it had three of my favourite authors, Buchi Emecheta, Maya Angelou and August Wilson. In preparing this post, I discovered poems and books new to me. So I will be reading these poems and books along with the classes of SSS 1 and SSS 2.

I understand that textbooks may be purchased directly from the school or bookstore. The links below are from online sites. I have linked some YouTube videos to make this study interesting.


(1) Second Class Citizen- Buchi Emecheta
(2) Unexpected Joy at Dawn- Alex Agyei-Agyiri (2018 Edition)- Verify the edition before purchase. Also, refer to the ISBN recommended by your teacher.

Non-African Prose

(1) Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
(2) Invisible Man-Ralph Ellison (A YouTube summary)

*William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s dream (free book download)

Non-African Drama

(1) Look Back in Anger-John Osborne
(2) Fences-August Wilson (Link to a YouTube play)

African Drama

(1) Let me Die Alone-John K. Kargbo
(2) The Lion and the Jewel-Wole Soyinka

African poetry

(1) Black Woman- Leopard Sedar Senghor
(2) The Leader and The Lead- Niyi Osunsare Also listen to the Audio in this link
(3) The Grieved Lands- Agostinho Neto
(4) The Song of The Woman of my Land- Oumar Farouk Sesay
(5) Raider of the Treasure- Lade Wosornu
(6) A Government Driver on his Retirement-Onu Chibuike

Non-African Poetry

(1) The Good Morrow- John Donne
(2) Caged Bird-Maya Angelou
(3) The Journey of The Magi-T.S.Elliot (With Audio)
(4) Do not Go Gentle In the Good Night-Dylan Thomas
(5) Binsey poplars- G. M. Hopkins
(6) Bat- David Lawrence


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