CBSE Class 9 English Language And Literature Syllabus for 2014-15

There hasn't been any major changes in the English Language and  Literature Syllabus for Class 9 from last year's syllabus. Under the CBSE curriculum, the English Language And Literature Syllabus has been designed in such a way that it imparts education for improving the Reading Skills, Writing Skills as well as Grammar of the students. While preparing for the exam, having a good knowledge about the syllabus helps a lot in studying in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Given below is the detailed structure of the syllabus of CBSE Class 9 English Language And Literature for 2014-15:

Exam Structure (Summative Assessment)

Section Topic Marks
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills with Grammar 25
C Literature Textbooks and Long Reading Text 25
E Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) 20
Total 90
There will be one written paper of English at the end of each term carrying 70 marks. The time limit will be three hours. 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.

Section A: Reading

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 test inference, evaluation and analysis with four very short answer questions to test vocabulary. [12 marks] SA-II: 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

Q.3: Writing a diary/article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. [5 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 classes IX & X.
  • 9. Tenses
  • 10. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)
  • 11. Use of passive voice
  • 12. Subject – verb concord
  • 13. Reporting (i) Commands and requests (ii) Statements (iii) Questions
  • 14. Clauses: (iv) Noun clauses (v) Adverb clauses of condition and time (vi) Relative clauses
  • 15. Determiners, and
  • 16. 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]

Section C: Literature Textbooks: Beehive and Moments

Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to 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 BEEHIVE & MOMENTS to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) [2x4 = 8 Marks] Q.10. One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (BEEHIVE & MOMENTS). 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 or plot involving interpretation and inference and character sketch in about 100-120 words based on prescribed novel. [10 Marks]

Prescribed Books

Published by NCERT
  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for Class IX
  • MOMENTS – Supplementary Reader for Class IX
Novel (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 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 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 Term 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 Assessment 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 carryout 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. Get More CBSE Class 9 Syllabus Here

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