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CBSE CCE Syllabus for Class X English Language and Literature 2011



Code No. 184

Examination Specification

Division of Syllabus for Term I(April-September) Total Weightage Assigned
Summative Assessment I
Section Marks
Reading 15 20%
Writing 15
Grammar 15
Literature 35
Formative Assessment 20%
Division of Syllabus for Term II(October -March) Total Weightage Assigned
Summative Assessment II
Section Marks
Reading 15 40%
Writing 15
Grammar 15
Literature 35
Formative Assessment 20%
  1. The total weightage assigned to Summative Assessment (SA I & II) is 60%. The total weightage assigned to Formative Assessment (FA 1, 2, 3 & 4) is 40%. Out of the 40% assigned to Formative Assessment, 10% weightage is assigned to conversation skills (5% each in Term I & II) and 10% weightage to the Reading Project (at least 1 Book is to be read in each term and the Project will carry a weightage of 5% in each term)
  2. The Summative Assessment I and Summative Assessment II is for eighty marks. The weightage assigned to Summative Assessment I is 20% and the weightage assigned to Summative Assessment II is 40%.
Section A: READING                                                                                                                                   15 Marks 30 periods Qs 1-3 Three unseen passages of total 500 words followed by 15 marks Multiple Choice Questions of 1 mark each, Out of the 15 marks, 3 marks will be for vocabulary. The questions will test inference, evaluation, and analysis. The passages may be extracts from poetry/factual/literary/discursive passages. Section B: WRITING                                                                                                                                    15 marks 40 periods Q 4  Letter Writing: One out of two letters (formal/informal/email) in not more than 100 words based on verbal stimulus and context provided. Types of letter: Informal-personal such as to family and friends. Formal- letters to the Editor. Email- formal letters to Principal of the school or to the editor of a Newspaper or a Magazine. 6 Marks Q 5 Writing an article, speech or debate based on visual or verbal stimulus in not more than 120 words (One out of two).                                                                                                                    6 Marks Q 6  Writing a short composition in the form of dialogue writing/story or report of minimum 80 words (One out of two).                                                                                                             3 Marks Section C: GRAMMAR                                                                                                                                15 marks 45 Periods This section will assess grammar items in context for 15 marks. It will carry 5 questions of 3 marks each. Qs 7-11. A variety of short questions involving the use of particular structures within a context. Test types used will include gap-filling, sentence-completion, sentence-reordering, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation (including combining sentences). The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X:
  1. Tenses
  2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject-verb concord
  5. Reporting
(i)        Commands and requests (ii)      Statements (iii)     Questions 6.     Clauses: (iv)     Noun clauses (v)      Adverb clauses of condition and time (vi)   Relative clauses
  1. Determiners; and
  2. Prepositions
Note: No separate marks are allotted for any of the grammatical items listed above. All questions will be multiple choice questions. The questions will be based on a sample of grammar items taught in class X. Section D: TEXT BOOKS                                                                                                                         35 Marks 95 periods First Flight-NCERT Text Book for Class X                                                                                      25 marks Q 12 Two reference to context Multiple Choice Questions from Prose/Play. Upto one mark in each extract will be for vocabulary, at least one question will be used for testing local and global comprehension besides a question on interpretation. (20-30 words) 4X2=8Marks Q 13 Two out of three reference to context stanza from a poem followed by 3 Multiple Choice Questions to test local and global comprehension of the set text. (20-30 words) 3X2=6 Marks Q 14 Three out of four Short Answer questions based on Prose or Play to test local and global comprehension, theme and ideas. (40-50 words) 2X3=6 Marks Q 15 One out of two Long Answer questions extrapolative in nature based on Prose or Play (minimum 80 words)                                                                                                                           5 Marks Footprints without Feet: NCERT Supplementary Reader for Class X                              10 Marks Q 16 One out of Two Long Answer Questions from Supplementary Reader to interpret, evaluate and analyse character, plot or situations occurring in the lessons to be answered in about 80 words. 4 Marks Q 17 Two out of three Short Answer Type Questions based on factual aspects, interpretation or evaluation of a lesson. (40-50 words)                                                                             3X2=6 Marks NOTE: Teachers are advised to: (i)        encourage classroom interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as role play, group work etc, (ii)      reduce teacher-talking time to the minimum, (iii)     take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate; and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views, and (iv)     use scale of assessment for conversation skills for testing the students for continuous assessment. Besides measuring attainment, tests serve the dual purpose of diagnosing mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners’ attainment, each language ability is to be tested through a judicious mixture of different types of questions. In addition to the summative tests, formative assessment is essential to measure the level of attainment in the four language skills and the learners’ communicative capability. Formative assessment should be done through ‘in class’ activities throughout the year. Prescribed Books
  1. First Flight – Textbook for Class X                                                                     Published by NCERT,
  2. Foot Prints without Feet- Supplementary Reader for Class X                  Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis is a skill to be tested formatively as well as summatively. Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with in both I and II Term Summative as well as in Formative Assessment. Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed formatively over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar in the summative assessments for the two terms. Syllabus for Terms
S.No. Text Books First Term (April – September) Second Term (October – March)
FA 1 10 FA2 10 SA I 20 FA3 10 FA4 10 SA II 40
Literature Reader (First Flight)
1       A Letter to God
2      Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
3       His First Flight (Lesson)
4       Black Aero Plane
5       From the Diary ofAnne Frank
6       Hundred Dresses- I
7       Hundred Dresses-II
8       A Baker from Goa Coorg
9       Tea from Assam
10    Mijbil the otter
11     Madam Rides the Bus
12     The Sermon at Benares
13     The Proposal
1       Dust of Snow: Fire and Ice
2       A Tiger in the zoo
S.No Text Books FA 1 FA 2 SA I FA 3 FA 4 SA II
3       How to tell WildAnimals
4       The Ball Poem
5       Amanda
6       Animals
7       The Trees
8       Fog
9       The Tale of Custard the Dragon
10     For Anne Gregory
Supplementary Reader (Footprints without Feet)
1       A Triumph of Surgery
2       The Thief’s Story
3     The Midnight Visitor
4       A Question ofTrust
5     The Making of a Scientist
6       The Necklace
7       The Hack driver
8     Bholi
9     The Book that saved the Earth
  1. Formative Assessment is assessment ‘for’ learning. Thus schools may adapt the above breakup as per their convenience.
  2. All activities related to Formative Assessment such as Language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatisation , script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’and ‘in school’activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher