Class 9 English Syllabus 2015-16 CBSE

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CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus of 2015-16 SA1-SA2

This includes both Term 1 and Term 2 English syllabus for Class 9.

Course Structure

Both Terms

Section Total Weightage 90
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills and Grammer 25
C Literature Textbook and Long Reading Text 25
D Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) 20

Syllabus Information:

  • 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)

Qs 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)

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

Q3: Writing a diary/article in about 100–120 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. 5 marks

Q4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150 – 200 words. 10 marks

Grammar syllabus includes the following areas in classes IX & X:

  • Tenses
  • Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)
  • 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

Above topics will be tested through test types as given below:

Q5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses 3 marks

Q6: Editing or Omission 4 marks

Q7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context 3 marks

Section C: Literature Textbook & Long Reading Text (25 Marks)

Q8: One out of two extracts from prose or poetry or play for reference to context. Three very short answer questions. 3 marks

One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. At least one question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation.

Q9: Four short answer type questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each). 8 marks

Q10: 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 novel. 10 Marks

Prescribed Books:



Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series:

  • Main Course Book (Revised edition)
  • Literature Reader (Revised edition)
  • Workbook (Revised edition)

Novel (either one):

  • Gullivers Travels (unabridged) by Jonathan Swift
  • Three Men in a Boat (unabridged) by Jerome. K. Jerome

Speaking and Listening Skills:

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.



Literature Reader
Summative Assessment – I Summative Assessment – I
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 Teeth
3. The Soliatary Reaper 3. Song of the Rain
4. Lord Ullin’s Daughter
1. Villa for Sale 2. The Bishop’s Candlesticks
Main Corse Book
1. People 1. Mystery
2. Adventure 2. Children
3. Environment 3. Sports and Games
4. The Class IX Radio and Video Show
Long Reading Text/ Novel (either one) Gulliver’s Travels in four parts Unabridged Edition (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 III & IV                                                                                                 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) 
Term 1  Term 2
1. Verb Form 1. Connectors
2. Determiners 2. The Passive
3. Future Time Reference 3. Reported Speech
4. Midals 4. Prepositions


*Note on Workbook: The suggested split up of the units of the Workbook reflects a distribution 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 above will not restrict questions in the grammar section of SA I and SA II question papers to the specific units shown in the split up of Workbook units. Grammar will 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. Similarly Formative Assessment of grammar items may also be carried out in an integrated manner along with the skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening as well as Literature.


  • Formative Assessment is assessment ‘for’ learning. Thus schools may adapt the above break-up as per their convenience.
  • All activities related to Formative Assessment 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.


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