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CLASS: XII ENGLISH (CORE)
Section Unit/Area of Learning Marks
A Reading Comprehension 30
B Writing Skills 30
C Literature & Long Reading Text 40
(i) Flamingo + Value Based
(ii) Supplementary Reader - Vistas
Section A: Reading Unseen Passages and Note-making
Two unseen passages with a variety of very short answer / short answer or MCQ
type questions to test comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary such as word
formation and inference of meaning will also be tested.
The total length of the two passages will be between 1100 and 1200 words. The passage will
include two of the following:
a. Factual passages, e.g., instructions, descriptions, reports.
b. Descriptive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
c. Literary passages, e.g., extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography. A poem could
be of 28-35 lines.
The passages can be literary, factual or discursive to test comprehensions. The length of one
passage should be between 600-700 words.
A third passage of 400-500 words for note-making and abstraction.
Section B: Writing Skills
Short Answer Questions, e.g., advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing
formal and informal invitations and replies.
Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal / visual input.
Letter types include
Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving
information, placing orders and sending replies)
Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest
Application for a job
Very Long Answer Questions: Two compositions based on visual and/or verbal Input may be
descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, a debate or a speech.
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text
Flamingo and Vistas
Very Short Answer Questions - Based on an extract from poetry to test comprehension and
Short Answer Questions - Based on prose / drama / poetry from both the texts.
Long Answer Question - Based on texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond
the texts to bring out the key messages and values.
Long Answer Question - Based on texts to test global comprehension along with analysis and
Long Answer Question - Based on theme, plot and incidents from the prescribed novels.
Long Answer Question - Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the
1. Flamingo: English Reader published by NCERT
2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT Lessons Deleted
Flamingo - 1. Poets and Pancakes; 2. The Interview; 3. A Road Side Stand (Poetry)
Vistas - 4. The Third Level; 5. Journey to the End of the Earth
Long Reading Text / Novel (either one)
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Silas Marner by George Eliot
NOTE MAKING & SUMMARY
Cardinal Rules of Note Making
Notes are to be prepared using POINTS ONLY. Never use complete sentences.
Provide a suitable title for the notes and the summary. The title should not exceed more than 5
The topic of discussion in each paragraph is the main point and the ideas elaborating on it are the
The minimum number of main points for the passage should be 3.
There should be minimum 4 sub-points for each main point.
Make sure that all the important points in the passage has been covered while preparing the notes.
Use proper indentations for the notes. A systematic pattern is to be followed for the indentations
such as if you adopt numerical then consistently use only numerical for the notes. If its alphabet
indentation, then be consistent in using alphabets only.
Use minimum 4 abbreviations in the notes. Abbreviations can be either recognizable / universally
accepted or they can be created by the student. Symbols and figures may also be used as
A key has to be provided at the end of the notes for the abbreviations titled Key to
Split-up of marks for Note Making
Content Area Marks Allotted
Abbreviations (minimum 4) 1
The important points in the notes are written as meaningful sentences to form the summary. The
word limit is 80.
Split-up of marks for Summary
Content 2; Expression 1; Total 3
Passage for Note Making (Solved)
Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
Every girl dreams of becoming a princess and living in a castle. The closest we can get to that
these days is vacationing in one of the numerous palace hotels that dot our historical country.
They are a symbol of our glorious past and give us a taste of the regal lifestyle of the royalty in
Most of these palace hotels are situate in Rajasthan, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bikaner they
all boast huge forts, colourful palaces and the luxurious lifestyle of the royals. Even though
monarchy is extinct in India, descendants of the Maharajas and Maharanis of the past still try to
maintain their way of life. Their heirloom jewellery, traditional clothes and the feasts produces in
the royal kitchens can still take you back in time. The palaces that the living blue bloods call
home are now converted to heritage hotels.
Samode Palace in Jaipur is one of these old palaces that have been standing tall for almost five
centuries. Its lit up faade at night forms an iconic image of what an Indian royal palace looked
like. The 24 suites and 19 rooms have their own old world charm the hand painted hallways,
colourful mosaics, all archways and high ceilings make your stay a memorable experience.
Exploring the age old corridors could take you on a trip through the history of royal India.
You will feel like you have travelled back in time machine If you decide to vacation at the
Neemrana Fort Palace in Alwar. This large property is divided into seven wings. You need not
venture out of this hotel as you can spend your whole vacation her and have beautiful photos to
take home. An appointment at the in-house ayurvedic spa can help you truly relax and enjoy
Jaipur, the pink city should get the title of the palace city as most of these luxurious abodes are
located here. One of the worlds finest heritage hotels, the Rambagh Palace Hotel is located here.
The Taj Group has respectfully restored this palace to its formal glory as can be witnessed in its
airy courtyards, gurgling fountains, beautiful verandas and warm hospitality. Taj Rambagh
Palace is fondly called the jewel of Jaipur and truly deserves this honour. Just a stroll in the 47-
acre garden is enough to soak in the grandeur of the past.
On the basis of your reading of the passage, make notes on it usinf headings and sub-heaidngs in
a format you consider suitable. Use recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary. Also supply
a suitable title to the passage.
The Palaces of Rajasthan
1.1 Becoming a princess, living in a palace every girls dream
1.2 closest to the dream vactng in a palace
1.2.1 symbol of glrs past
1.2.2 taste of regal lifestyle
2 Palaces of Rajasthan
2.1 Rajasthan numerous, colourful palaces
2.2 Huge forts, & luxurious lifestyle
2.3 Royal descendants lifestyle maintained even today
2.4 Major palaces converted to heritage hotels.
3 Samode Palace
3.1 located in Jaipur
3.2 5 centrs old
3.3 Lit up faade - iconic image of royalty
3.4 Interior magnificent
3.4.1 24 suites, 19 rooms old world charm
3.4.2 corridors trip through history of India
3.5 stay a memorable experience.
4. Neemrana Palace
4.1 located at Alwar
4.2 divided into 7 rooms
4.3 in-house ayvdc spa relaxing and enjoyable
5. Pink City, Jaipur
5.1 palace city many luxurious abodes
5.2 Rambagh palace worlds finest heritage hotels
5.2.1 respectfully restored by Taj Group
5.2.2 warm hospitality
Key to Abbreviations Vactng Vacationing
Palaces are symbols of a glorious past and give a taste of regal lifestyle. Rajasthan has numerous,
colourful palaces with huge forts and luxurious lifestyle. Many major palaces have been
converted to heritage hotels. The Samode Palace of Jaipur has a magnificent interior with 24
suites and 19 rooms of age old charm. Neemrana Palace located at Alwar has 7 rooms and an in-
house ayurvedic spa which is relaxing and enjoyable. The Pink City Jaipur has many luxurious
abodes. Rambagh palace is one of Indias finest heritage hotels owned by Taj Group and offers
ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS (30 marks)
This section tests the writing skills of the students in various areas. The questions and allotment
of marks are as follows.
4. One short answer question of not more than 50 words e.g.