CBSE 11th Class English Core Syllabus
|B||Writing Skills and Grammar||30|
|C||Literary & Long Reading Texts||30|
|D||Speaking and Listening Skills||20|
Section A: Reading Comprehension
Two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions including 4 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning.
The total range of the 2 passages including a poem or a stanza, will be around 900-1000 words.
550-600 words in length (for note-making and summarising)
350-400 words in length (to test comprehension, interpretation and inference)
An unseen poem of about 28-35 lines
The passages could be of any one of the following types −
- Factual passages, e.g.
- Discursive passages involving opinion, e.g.
- Literary passages e.g.
- Extracts from fiction
- Travelogue, etc.
In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.
SECTION B: Writing Skills and Grammar
- Short Answer Questions − Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement
- Long Answer Questions − Letters based on verbal/visual input.
Letter types may include −
business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
letters to the editor (giving suggestions on an issue)
application for a job with a bio-data or resume
letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements /suitability of courses, etc.
Note − Very Long Answer Questions include composition in the form of article, speech, report writing or a narrative
The grammar topics that will be tested by using the short answer type and MCQ type questions are −
- Error Correction, editing tasks
- Re-ordering of Sentences
- Transformation of sentences
Note − Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item types will include gap filling, sentence re-ordering, dialogue completion and sentence transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals and Change of Voice.
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Texts
Questions to test comprehension at different levels: literal, inferential and evaluative
Hornbill − Textbook published by NCERT
Snapshots − Supplementary Reader published by NCERT
Very Short Answer Questions − Based on an extract from poetry to test reference to context comprehension and appreciation
Short Answer Questions − Based on prose, poetry and plays from both the texts
Long Answer Question − Based on prescribed texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts to bring out the key messages and values
Long Answer Questions − Based on theme, plot, incidents or event from the prescribed novels
Long Answer Question − Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the characters
Note − Values-based questions may be given as long answers in the writing or literature sections.
Long Reading Texts / Novels (either one)
With a view to inculcate the habit of reading among the students, CBSE has introduced compulsory reading of a Long Reading Text - Novel in the English Core Course and will be evaluated in the Term-end Assessments. Schools can opt for either one of the texts −
- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (unabridged 1906 Edition)
- Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (unabridged 2000 Edition)
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