Q 1 & 2 The reading section will have two unseen texts as shown below:
|Text Number||Text Type||Length||Marks||Types Of Questions|
|Question 1||Factual/Discursive/ Literary||500 – 550 Words||12 Marks||Supply Type (Gap filling, sentence completion, word attack questions, Reference and short answer question)|
|Question 2||Factual/discursive / Literary||300 – 350 Words||08 Marks||Multiple Choice Question|
The total length of the three passages will be between 800 - 900 words. There will be at least 3 marks for assessing vocabulary.
Care should be taken to cover all the text types, ie discursive and literary while selecting the passages. A poem may or may not be used as one of the three texts. Apart from a poem, prose literary texts may include excerpts from authentic literature such as short story, autobiography, biography, travelogue, novel etc.
Whenever a poem or a prose/literary text is used, the other two texts should be discursive. If a poem is selected then, the length of the poem may be between 14 to 25 lines.
The writing section comprises four writing tasks as indicated below.
Question. 3 : A short composition of about 50 words in the form of a Notice, Message or Diary Entry. (04 Marks)
Question. 4 : A composition of about 100 words in the form of Biographical sketch, Data Interpretation, Dialogue. Writing or Description (People, Objects or Events) (05 Marks)
Question. 4&5 : 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, transcoding information from one form to another or using a style appropriate for a notice, message or diary entry
Question. 5 : An extended writing task of about 120 words in the form of a Formal/Informal Letter or Email. The long piece of writing will assess the use of appropriate style, language, content and expression (06 Marks)
Question. 6 : An extended writing task of about 120 words in the form of an Article, Speech, Debate, Newspaper/School Magazine Report or Story (05 Marks)
Students' skill in expressing ideas 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 of writing and creative expression of ideas will be assessed.
Question. 5 & 6 : will make use of a visual/ verbal stimulus and one of the questions will be thematically based on MCB.
This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 questions of 4 marks each.
Questions 7 & 8 will have Multiple Choice Questions. The test types for MCQs include the following:
Questions 9, 10 & 11 will be based on response supplied by students (Supply Type). The test types will include the following:
Questions 7 to 11 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.
Tests types used will include gap-filling, cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence completion, recording word groups into sentences, editing, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation.
The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for:
Note: Jumbled words in reordering exercise to test syntax will involve sentences in a context. Each sentence will be split into sense groups (not necessarily into single words) and jumbled up.
Question 12 will have the following arrangement:
12 A: An extract from poetry with three questions based on reference to context requiring students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)
12 B: An extract from a short story with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)
12 C: An extract from a play with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)
Question 13 Two out of Three short answer type questions based on prose, poetry and play of 3 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation.(30-40 words each) (06 Marks)
Question 14 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text (story, poem or play) by going beyond the text/ poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across two texts will also be assessed. (150 words) (06 Marks)
Novel/Long Reading Text 15 Marks
Question 15 Type of Questions: Global questions on theme and plot involving interpretation and inference (06 Marks)
Question 16 One out of two character sketches in 100 words. (10 Marks)