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CBSE Class IX CCE Syllabus English Language and Literature 2011



Code No. 184

Examination Specification

Division of Syllabus for Term I(April-September)   I

Summative Assessment I Total Weightage Assigned
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 5 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 IX:
  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: (i)        Noun clauses (ii)       Adverb clauses of condition and time (iii)     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 IX.


35 Marks 95 periods Beehive-NCERT Text Book for Class IX                                                                                           25 marks Q 12 Two reference to context Multiple Choice Questions from Prose or Play. Upto one mark in each extract will be for vocabulary, at least one question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be 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 of 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. (Upto 80 words)                                                                                                                                    5 Marks Moments: NCERT Supplementary Reader for Class IX                                                          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. Beehive – Textbook for Class IX                                                                         Published by NCERT,
  2. Moments – Supplementary Reader for Class IX                      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 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
TEXT BOOK (Beehive)
1       The fun they had
2       The Sound of Music
3              The little girl 4              A Truly Beautiful mind ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
5       The Snake and the Mirror
6       My childhood
7       Packing
8       Reach for the Top
9       The Bond of Love
10     Kathmandu
11      If I were You
1     The Road not taken
2    Wind
3       Rain on the Roof
4       The Lake Isle of Innisfree
5       A legend of the Northland
S.No Text Books FA 1 FA 2 SA I FA 3 FA 4 SA II
6 No Men are Foreign
7 The Duck and the Kangaroo
8 On Killing a Tree
9 The Snake Trying
10 A Slumber did My Spirit Seal
Supplementary Reader (Moments)
1 The Lost Child
2 The Adventure of Toto
3 Ishwaran the Story Teller
4 In the Kingdom of Fools
5 The Happy Prince
6 Weathering the Storm in Erasma
7 The Last Leaf
8 A House is Not a Home
9 The Accidental Tourist
10 The Beggar
  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.