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English Communicative Syllabus (class-IX)


Qs 1-4 Four unseen reading passages of 5 marks each. Each reading passage will have 5 sub- parts, each of 1 mark. All questions will be multiple choice questions. The passages will be extracts from poems/factual/descriptive/literary/discursive passages. Questions will test inference, evaluation and vocabulary. There will be at least 04 marks for assessing vocabulary skills. The total length of the 4 passages will be between 650 and 800 words. Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis is a skill to be tested formatively as well as summatively. There will be no division of passages for this section, however for reading purposes, the Interact in English Main Course Book will be read in two terms i.e. Term I (April -September) and Term II (October – March).
The writing section comprises of three writing tasks as indicated below:
Q 5 A short answer question of upto 80 words in the form of a Biographical Sketch (expansion of notes on an individual’s life or achievements into a short paragraph)/Data Interpretation, Dialogue Writing or Description (People, Places, Events).The question will assess students’ skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing, or transcoding information from one form to another
Q 6 A long answer question (minimum 120 words) in the form of a formal letter/informal letter or an
email. The output would be a long piece of writing and will assess the use of appropriate style,
language, content and expression.                                                                                                  
Q 7 A long answer question (minimum 150 words) in the form of a diary entry, article, speech, story or debate.Students’ skills in expression ofideas in clear and grammatically correct English, planning, organizing and presenting ideas coherently by introducing, developing and concluding a topic, comparing and contrasting ideas and arriving at a conclusion, presenting an argument with supporting
examples, using an appropriate style and format and expanding notes into longer pieces ofwriting
and creative expression of ideas will be assessed.                                                                 
Some points to note
  • Format will not carry any separate marks and in most cases, format will be given in the question paper.
  • The word limit given is the suggested minimum word limit. No candidate may be penalised for writing more or less than the suggested word limit. Stress should be on content, expression, coherence and relevance of the content presented.
·         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. For purposes of assessment all themes dealt with in Main Course Book and other themes may be used.
·         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.
·         Q 5 Writing an article, speech or debate based on visual or verbal stimulus in not more than 120
words (One out of two).                                                                                                                   
·         Q 6 Writing a short composition in the form of dialogue writing/story or report of minimum 80
words (One out of two).                                                                                                                   
This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 questions of 4 marks each.
Tests items will be Multiple Choice Questions and test various grammatical items in context.
Q 8 to12 will test grammar items which have been dealt with in class IX. Different structures such as verb forms, sentence structure, connectors, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, clauses, phrases, etc., can be tested through formative assessment over a period of time. As far as the summative assessment is concerned, it will recycle grammar items learnt over a period of time and will test them in context through Multiple Choice Question format. Tests types used will include gap-filling, cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence completion, reordering word groups into sentences, editing, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation. The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for: Verb forms Sentence structures Other areas. 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.
Q 13 Two extracts out of three from prose, poetry or plays in the form of Multiple Choice Questions based on reference to context. Each extract will carry 3 marks.
(Word limit: 20-30 words
Q 14 Four out of Five short answer type questions based on prose, poetry and play of 2 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation.
(Word limit: 30-40 words each)                                                                                                    
Q15 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text by going beyond
the text/poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and
across two texts will also be assessed.       
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

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