Section wise weightage in English Communicative 2017

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Summative Assessment (SA) (2016-17)




Total Weightage 90


Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text



Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL)





• It is a division of marks assigned to all the four skills of language. The distribution of marks for Formative Assessments carrying 40% weightage may be done by the schools themselves. A variety of activities to assess all the skills of language may be used for Formative Assessments.

• The Summative Assessment Question Papers, if developed by the schools

themselves, may be for 70 marks to which 20 marks may be added for Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills making the paper of 90 marks. The one third of the 90 marks i.e. 30 should be added each in both Summative Assessments.

• Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills (ASL) will be done formally at the term end examination in Summative – II. Schools can conduct ASL for Summative - I themselves as per the guidelines provided by the CBSE. However, assessment of these skills may also be done under the Formative activities spread over two terms.

There will be one written paper of English at the end of each term carrying 70 marks. The time limit will be three hours.

SECTION A: READING 20 Marks 50 Periods

Q 1-2. This section will have two/three reading passages. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

SA – I:

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 to test vocabulary. 12 marks


Q.1a: A Factual passage 200-250 words with five very short answer type questions with one

question to test vocabulary. 5 marks

Q.1b: A Literary passage (Prose only – Fiction / Non-fiction) of 200-250 words with five

short answer type questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with one

question to test vocabulary. 5 marks

Q.2: Open text-based assessment (OTBA) with 1–2 long answer questions to test analytical

and critical thinking skills. 10 marks

SECTION B: WRITING & GRAMMAR 25 Marks 60 Periods

Q. 3: Writing a diary/article in about 100–120 words will make use of visual or verbal

cue/s, and the questions will be thematically based on MCB. 5 marks

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 10 marks

150 - 200 words.

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in classes IX & X.

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

7. Determiners, and

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


25 Marks 60 Periods

Q. 8. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Three

very short answer questions. 3 marks

One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. One question will be used for

testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation.

Q.9. Four short answer type questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global

comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) 4x2 = 08 Marks

Q.10. One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the

text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the

text and across the texts will be assessed. (80-100 words). 4 marks

Q.11. One out of two very Long Answer Questions on theme, plot involving interpretation,

inference and character sketch, in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed

extended reading text. 10 Marks

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series

• Main Course Book (Revised Edition)

• Workbook (Revised Edition)

• Literature Reader (Revised Edition)

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 roleplay, 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.

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. In addition to the summative tests, formative assessment is essential

to measure the level of attainment in the four language skills and the learners’

communicative competence. Formative assessment should be done through ‘in class’

activities throughout the year.

Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis

is a skill to be tested in Formative as well as Summative Assessments.

Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with in both I

and II Terms in Formative as well as in Summative Assessments.

Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed formatively

over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar in the Summative

Assessments for the two terms.

Speaking and Listening Skills: 50 Periods

Since the introduction of Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) in classes IX

and X, it has become imperative to carry out speaking and listening activities in regular

classroom teaching. Sufficient practice should be given to students in order to prepare

them for ASL. Performance descriptors should be shared with students from time to time.


Summative Assessment (2016-17)



Literature Reader

Summative Assessment - I Summative Assessment - II


1. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read 1. The Man Who Knew too Much

2. A Dog Named Duke 2. Keeping it from Harold

3. Best Seller


1. The Brook 1. The Seven Ages

2. The Road Not Taken 2. Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After My


3. The Solitary Reaper 3. Song of the Rain

4. Lord Ullin’s Daughter


1. Villa for Sale 2. The Bishop’s Candlesticks


1. People 1. Mystery

2. Adventure 2. Children

3. Environment 3. Sports and Games

4. The Class IX Radio and Video Show

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