CLASS – IX (2017-18)


Section   Total Weightage 80
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills with Grammar 30
C Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text 30
  Total  80


The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

SECTION A: READING  (20 Marks)                                                             

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below :

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 and four Very Short Answer Type questions to test vocabulary.                                                                                                                                                                  12 marks



Q. 3: Writing a diary/article in about 100–120 words using visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on MCB. 8 marks

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 - 250 words. 12 marks The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX :

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX :

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject – verb concord
  5.  Reporting
    1. Commands and requests
    2. Statements
    3. Questions
  6. Clauses:
    1. Noun clauses
    2. Adverb clauses of condition and time
    3. Relative clauses
  7. Determiners
  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 mark


Q.8. 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

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. (100-120 words).                                                                                                                                    8 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:

  1.  encourage classroom interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as roleplay, group work etc.,
  2. reduce teacher-talk time and keep it to the minimum,
  3. take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views.

Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis is to be assessed.

Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with.

Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed over a
period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar. 

Listening and Speaking Skills : As given in the subject enrichment activities, section
3.2 (III) at the initial pages of this Curriculum Document. 


         CLASS - IX (2017-18)

Literature Reader  
1. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read 3.The Man Who Knew too Much
2. A Dog Named Duke 4. Keeping it from Harold
POETRY 5. Best Seller
1. The Brook 4.The Seven Ages
2. The Road Not Taken 5.Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After My Teeth
3. The Solitary Reaper 6. Song of the Rain
1. Villa for Sale 2. The Bishop’s Candlesticks
1. People 5. Mystery
2. Adventure 6. Children
3. Environment 7. Sports and Games
4. The Class IX Radio and Video Show  
Extended Reading Text (either one):
Gulliver’s Travels in four parts, Unabridged
(2005) by Jonathan Swift Parts I & II
Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged Edition
(1889) by Jerome K. Jerome - Chapters
1 – 10
Gulliver’s Travels in four parts Unabridged
Edition (2005) by Jonathan Swift - Parts
Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged
Edition (1889) by Jerome K. Jerome -
Chapters 11-19
WORK BOOK* - Suggested Break-up of Units for the Purpose of Classroom Teaching
only-NOT FOR TESTING (see the note below)
1 Verb Form 1 Connectors
2 Determiners 2 The Passive
3 Future Time Reference 3 Reported Speech
4 Modals 4 Prepositions

 *Note on Workbook: The suggested split up of the units of the Workbook reflects adistribution for the purpose of classroom teaching only. Since grammar and usage is not to be tested directly, but in an integrated manner, the split up as shown, does not restrict questions in the grammar section of question papers to the specific units shown in the split up of Workbook units. Grammar is to be tested by recycling grammar items learnt over a period of time in a comprehensive manner. Teachers may adapt this suggested distribution for classroom teaching, making modifications according to their specific needs.


  1. Schools may adapt the given break-up as per their convenience.
  2. Activities such as Language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatization, script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’ and ‘in school’ activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up, it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher.

                                              Class - IX
                 English Communicative 2017-18 (Code No. 101)



Literature Reader  
1. Two Gentlemen of Verona 4. A Shady Plot
2 Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger 5. Patol Babu
3.The Letter 6. Virtually True
1. The Frog and the Nightingale  4. The Rime of Ancient Marine
2. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments  
3. Ozymandias  
1. The Dear Departed 2. Julius Caesar
Main Course Book  
1. Health and Medicine 4. Environment
2. Education 5. Travel and Tourism
3. Science 6. National Integration
Extended Reading Texts – (either one)
Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 June 12,
1942 to March 14, 1944 By Anne Frank
(unabridged edition) (Published by CBSE)
The Story of My Life – 1903, Chapters
1-14 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)
Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 March 16, 1944 to August 01, 1944 By Anne Frank (unabridged edition) (Published by CBSE) The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15-23 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)
WORK BOOK* – Suggested Break-up of Units for the purpose of classroom teaching only
– NOT FOR TESTING (see the following note).
1 Determiners 8 Comparison
2 Tenses 9 Avoiding Repetition
3 Subject-Verb Agreement 10 Nominalization
4 Non-Finites 11 Modals
5 Relatives 12 Active and Passive
6 Connectors 13 Reported Speech
7 Conditionals 14 Prepositions

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