** UPDATED CBSE CLASS IX English Communicative Syllabus: 2018-19

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UPDATED CBSE CLASS IX English Communicative Syllabus 2018-19

So it’s always a wise decision to keep an eye on what happening around with the subject you are going to learn. This year CBSE made little bit changes in class IX English Communicative syllabus. Let us have a look at the updated CBSE class 9 English Communicative Syllabus for the academic year 2017-18

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CBSE class 9 English Communicative Syllabus (2018-19 Session)

                SECTION – WISE WEIGHTAGE

Section   Total Weightage 80
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills with Grammar 30
C Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text 30
Total 80

The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

SECTION A: READING  (20 Marks, 50 Periods)

This section will have two reading passages.
Q.1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight very Short Answer type Questions. (8 marks)
Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer type Questions to test inference, evaluation, and analysis with four Very Short Answer Questions  ( 12 marks)

SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR  ( 30 Marks, 60 Periods)
Q. 3: Writing a diary/article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books.  (8 marks)
Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. (12 marks)

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX :
1. Tenses
2. Modals
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
7. Determiners
8. Prepositions

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:
Q. 5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions, and Tenses.         (3 marks)
Q. 6: Editing or omission (4 marks)
Q. 7: Sentences reordering or sentence transformation in context.  (3 marks)

Q. 8. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Four Very Short Answer Questions: two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of one mark each on interpretation. (4 marks)
Q.9. Four Short Answer Type Questions from BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) 2×4 = 08 marks
Q.10. One out two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (BEEHIVE & MOMENTS). Creativity, imagination, and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. (100-120 words) (8 marks)
Q.11. One out of two Very Long Answer Questions on theme or plot involving interpretation and inference and character sketch in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed extended reading text. (10 marks)

Prescribed Books: Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for class IX
  •  MOMENTS – Supplementary Reader for Class IX

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

  •  Gulliver’s Travels (Unabridged) by Jonathan Swift
  • Three Men in a Boat (Unabridged) by Jerome K. Jerome

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-talk time and keep it 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. Besides measuring attainment, texts serve the dual purpose of diagnosing mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners’ attainment, each language skill is to be assessed through a judicious mixture of
different types of questions.
Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference, and analysis are skills to be tested.
Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with. Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed. Listening and Speaking Skills (50 Periods)


Literature Reader
PROSE (Beehive)
1. The Fun They Had 7. Packing
2. The Sound of Music 8. Reach for the Top
3. The Little Girl 9. The Bond of Love
4. A Truly Beautiful Mind 10. Kathmandu
5. The Snake and the Mirror 11. If I were you
6. My Childhood
1. The Road Not Taken 6. No Men Are Foreign
2. Wind 7. The Duck and the Kangaroo
3. Rain on the Roof 8. On Killing a Tree
4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree 9. The Snake Trying
5. A Legend of the Northland 10. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
1. The Lost Child 6. Weathering the Storm in Ersama
2. The Adventures of Toto 7. The Last Leaf
3. Iswaran the Storyteller 8. A House is Not a Home
4. In the Kingdom of Fools 9. The Accidental Tourist
5. The Happy Prince 10. The Beggar
Extended Reading Texts (either one):

Gulliver’s Travels in four parts

(Unabridged Edition)

(2005) by Jonathan Swift Parts I & II

Three Men in a Boat (Unabridged Edition)

(1889) by Jerome K. Jerome – Chapters

1 – 10

Gulliver’s Travels in four parts

(Unabridged Edition)

(2005) by Jonathan Swift – Parts III & IV

Three Men in a Boat (Unabridged

Edition) (1889) by

Jerome K. Jerome – Chapters 11 – 19

 Class – IX
English Language and Literature 2017-18 (Code No. 184)

Typology Testing competencies
/learning outcomes
VSAQ 1 mark Short answer Questions 30-40 words 2 marks Long answer Question- II 100-120 words 8 marks Very Long Answer Question 150-200 words (HOTS) 10 marks VLA marks 200 – 250 words 12 marks Total
Reading Skills Conceptual understanding,
decoding, analyzing,
inferring, interpreting
and vocabulary.
12 04 20
Writing Skills and Grammar Expressing an opinion,
reasoning, justi¬fying,
illustrating, appropriacy
of style and tone, using
appropriate for¬mat and
fluency. Applying conventions,
using integrated structures
with accuracy and fluency.
10 01 01 30
Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Texts Recalling, reasoning,
appreciating, applying literary
conventions, extrapolating,
illustrating and justifying etc. Extracting relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub-themes, understanding the writer’s message and writing fluently.
04 04 01 01 30
Total 26 x 01

= 26


08 x 02 =

16 marks

02 x 08 =

16 marks

01 x 10 =

10 marks

01 x 12 =

12 marks



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