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    CLASS: XII ENGLISH (CORE)

    Unit-wise Weightage

    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

    Novel

    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

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    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

    appreciation.

    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

    extrapolation.

    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

    character sketch.

    Prescribed Books

    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

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    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

    words.

    The topic of discussion in each paragraph is the main point and the ideas elaborating on it are the

    sub-points.

    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

    abbreviations.

    A key has to be provided at the end of the notes for the abbreviations titled Key to

    Abbreviations.

    Split-up of marks for Note Making

    Content Area Marks Allotted

    Notes 3

    Title 1

    Abbreviations (minimum 4) 1

    Total 5

    SUMMARY

    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

    India.

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    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

    your vacation.

    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. Introduction

    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.

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    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

    Glrs Glorious

    & And

    Centrs Centuries

    Ayvdc Ayurvedic

    SUMMARY

    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

    warm hospitality.

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    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.