CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus

English plays an important role in the domains of education, administration, business, and political relations, judiciary, industry, etc. and is, therefore, a passport to social mobility, higher education, and better job opportunities. In urban India, it is very common to see young people code-mixing and code-switching between English and Indian languages. It is indeed unfortunate that English has so far remained associated with the rich, elite or upper-middle class. It should be the effort of the Indian educational system to reach English to every Indian child and to ensure that she/he gains a sufficiently high level of proficiency in it and not suffer discrimination for lack of it.

Section-Wise Weightage English Language and Literature

Sections   Total Weightage
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills With Grammer 30
C Literature Textbook and Extended Reading text 30
  Total 80

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours. There will be an internal assessment for 20 Marks.

Section A: Reading (20 Marks)

This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

  • A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type Questions. (8 marks)
  • Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four MCQs to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)

  • 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)
  • 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:

  • Tenses
  • Modals
  • Use of passive voice
  • Subject-verb concord
  • Reporting
    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions
  • Clauses
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses of condition and time
    • Relative clauses
  • Determiners
  • Prepositions

Section C: Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text (30 Marks) 

  • 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 for global comprehension and two questions of one mark each for interpretation. (4 marks)
  • 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)
  • One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text 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)
  • One out of two very Long Answer Questions on theme, plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 200-250 words based on prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)

 

TextBooks

Literature Readers (First Flight)

Prose

1. A Letter to God

2. Nelson Mandela

3. Two Stories about Flying

4. From the Diary of Anne Frank

5. The Hundred Dresses –I

6. The Hundred Dresses –II

7. Glimpses of India

8. Mijbil the Otter

9. Madam Rides the Bus

10. The Sermon at Benares

11. The Proposal

 

Poetry

1. Dust of Snow

2. Fire and Ice

3. A Tiger in the Zoo

4. How to Tell Wild Animals

5. The Ball Poem

6. Amanda

7. Animals

8. The Trees

9. Fog

10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11. For Anne Gregory

 

Supplementary Reader (Footprints without Feet)

1. A Triumph of Surgery

2. The Thief’s Story

3. The Midnight Visitor

4. A Question of Trust

5. Footprints without Feet

6. The Making of a Scientist

7. The Necklace

8. The Hack Driver

9. Bholi

10.  The Book that Saved the earth

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