**UPDATED CBSE CLASS X English Communicative Syllabus 2017-18

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UPDATED CBSE CLASS X English communication Syllabus 2017-18

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 X English Language and Literature syllabus. Let us have a look at the updated CBSE class X English Language and Literature Syllabus for the academic year 2017-18

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CBSE class X English Language and Literature Syllabus (2018-19 Session)


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

Note :
The Board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

SECTION A: READING (20 Marks, 50 Periods)
This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:
Q.1: A Factual passage of 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 and four MCQs to test vocabulary.
12 marks

Q 3: Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words. 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 150-200 words.   (10 marks)

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X.
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
(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.                                                                  4 marks
Q. 6: Editing or omission.                                                                    4 marks
Q. 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.      4marks

                                                                                                   30 Marks 60 Periods

Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Four very Short Answer Questions: Two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of 1 mark each on interpretation.                                                                                     4 marks
Q.9: Four Short Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two from each to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) 4×2=08 marks
Q.10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET) 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, plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 200-250 words based on the prescribed extended reading text.  (10 marks)

Prescribed Books: Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class X
  •  FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X

Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 by Anne Frank (unabridged edition), Published by CBSE
The Story of My Life – 1903 by Helen Keller(unabridged edition)

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 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, and
(iv) continue the Speaking and Listening activities given in the NCERT books.
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 over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar.
Listening and Speaking Skills                                               50 Periods

CLASS – X 2017-18

Literature Reader (First Flight)
PROSE (First Flight)
1. A Letter to God 7. Glimpses of India
2. Nelson Mandela 8. Mijbil the Otter
3. Two Stories about Flying 9. Madam Rides the Bus
4. From the Diary of Anne Frank 10. The Sermon at Benares
5. The Hundred Dresses –I 11. The Proposal
6. The Hundred Dresses –II
1. Dust of Snow 7. Animals
2. Fire and Ice 8. The Trees
3. A Tiger in the Zoo 9. Fog
4. How to Tell Wild Animals 10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
5. The Ball Poem 11. For Anne Gregory
6. Amanda
SUPPLEMENTARY READER (Footprints without Feet)
1. A Triumph of Surgery 6. The Making of a Scientist
2. The Thief’s Story 7. The Necklace
3. The Midnight Visitor 8. The Hack Driver
4. A Question of Trust 9. Bholi
5. Footprints without Feet 10. The Book that Saved the Earth
Extended Reading Texts – (either one)
Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

June 12, 1942, to March 14, 1944
by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)
Published by CBSE
The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 1-14
by Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

March 16, 1944, to August 01, 1944
by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)
Published by CBSE
The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15- 23
by Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

 Class – X
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 Marks
Reading Skills Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary 12 04 20
Creative Writing Skills and Grammar Expressing an opinion, reasoning, justifying illustrating, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency. Applying conventions, using integrated structures with accuracy and fluency. 12 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 28 x 01

= 28 marks

08 x 02

= 16 marks

02 x 08 =

16 marks

02 x 10 =

20 marks



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