Term Wise CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2020-22

Class 11 students can perform well in their English exam by understanding the CBSE board prescribed syllabus for English Core and English Elective. To score well in their English exam, students should prepare themselves according to the syllabus because the final question paper is prepared by referring to the prescribed syllabus. CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 English for academic year 2022-23 and 2021-22 is provided here. It describes the course content along with marks weightage and time duration for each unit. The Class 11 CBSE Syllabus also provides information about the textbooks that need to be referred by Class 11 students.

Term Wise CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2021-2022 PDF

The CBSE Syllabus of English Core subject is provided in pdf format for downloading. Students can also find the download pdf for English Elective further below on this page. In the pdf, students will also find the marking scheme for each chapter.

CBSE Class 11 Syllabus for English Core 2021-22

A. Reading Comprehension Term 1: 13 Marks

  • Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary/ discursive or persuasive) – 8 marks
  • Case Based Unseen (Factual) Passage – 5 Marks

Reading Comprehension Term 2: 13 Marks

  • Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary/ discursive or persuasive) – 8 marks
  • Unseen passage for Note Making and Summarising – 5 Marks

B. Creative Writing Skills and Grammar for Term 1 (12 Marks)

Short Writing Tasks (3 Marks)

  • Notice Writing

Long Writing Tasks (5 Marks)

  • Business or Official Letters (Making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for or giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
  • Speech

Grammar (4 Marks)

  • Determiners
  • Tenses
  • Re-ordering of Sentences

B. Creative Writing Skills and Grammar for Term 2 (12 Marks)

Short Writing Tasks (3 Marks)

  • Posters

Long Writing Tasks (5 Marks)

  • Official Letters: e.g. to school/college authorities (regarding admissions, school issues, requirements / suitability of courses)
  • Debate

Grammar (4 Marks)

  • Determiners
  • Tenses
  • Re-ordering of Sentences

C. Literature for Term 1 (15 Marks)

Literary-prose/poetry extracts ( seen- texts ) comprehension and appreciation. (Two Extracts)
Questions Based on Texts to assess comprehension and appreciation, analysis, inference, extrapolation

Book-Hornbill (9 Marks):

  • The Portrait of a Lady (Prose)
  • A Photograph (Poem)
  • “We’re Not Afraid to Die… if We Can All Be Together” (Prose)
  • Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues
  • The Laburnum Top (Poem)
  • Landscape of the Soul (Prose)

Book-Snapshots (6 Marks):

  • The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse(Prose)
  • The Address (Prose)
  • Ranga’s Marriage (Prose)

C. Literature for Term 2 (15 Marks)

Questions based on extracts/texts to assess comprehension and appreciation, analysis, inference, extrapolation.

Book-Hornbill (9 Marks):

  • The Voice of the Rain (Poem)
  • The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role (Prose)
  • The Browning Version( Play)
  • Childhood (Poem)
  • Silk Road (Prose)

Book-Snapshots (6 Marks):

  • Albert Einstein at School (Prose)
  • Mother’s Day (Play)
  • Birth ( Prose)

Term Wise CBSE Class 11 English Elective Syllabus PDF 2021-22

Students can also download the term wise English Elective Syllabus pdf of Class 11 CBSE from the link given above.

CBSE Class 11 English Elective Syllabus for 2021-22

A. Reading Comprehension Term 1 (12 Marks):

  • Unseen passage (literary or discursive) – 6 Marks
  • Unseen Poem – 3 Marks
  • Case Based Unseen (Factual) Passage – 3 Marks

A. Reading Comprehension Term 2 (12 Marks):

  • Unseen passage (literary or discursive) – 6 Marks
  • Unseen Poem – 3 Marks
  • Case Based Unseen (Factual) Passage – 3 Marks

B. Creative Writing Skills for Term 1 (8 Marks)

  • Essay (on an Argumentative/Discursive/Reflective/ Descriptive topic ) – 4 Marks
  • Article Writing ( on a contemporary/topical issue) – 4 Marks

B. Creative Writing Skills for Term 2 (8 Marks)

  • Essay (on an Argumentative/Discursive/Reflective/ Descriptive topic ) – 4 Marks
  • Speech ( on a contemporary/topic al issue) – 4 Marks

C. Literature for Term 1 (10 Marks)

Literary – Prose/Poetry-MCQs to test for comprehension, literary appreciation and inference.

Book-Woven Words – Short Stories

  • The Lament -Anton Chekhov
  • A Pair of Mustachios -Mulk Raj Anand
  • The Rocking-horse Winner- D.H. Lawrence

Book-Woven Words – Poetry

  • The Peacock- Sujata Bhatt
  • Let me Not to the Marriage of True Minds William Shakespeare
  • Coming- Philip Larkin
  • Telephone Conversation – Wole Soyinka

Book-Woven Words-Essays

  • My Watch- Mark Twain
  • My Three Passions- Bertrand Russell
  • Patterns of Creativity – S. Chandrasekhar

C. Literature for Term 2 (10 Marks)

Literary – Prose/Poetry-MCQs to test for comprehension, literary appreciation and inference.

Book-Woven Words – Short Stories

  • The Adventure of the Three Garridebs – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Pappachi’s Moth – Arundhati Roy
  • The Third and Final Continent- Jhumpa Lahiri

Book-Woven Words – Poetry

  • The World is too Much With Us – William Wordsworth
  • Mother Tongue – Padma Sachdev
  • Hawk Roosting- Ted Hughes
  • Ode to a Nightingale- John Keats

Book-Woven Words-Essays

  • Tribal Verse – G.N.Devy
  • What is a Good Book?- John Ruskin
  • The Story- E.M.Forster
  • Bridges- Kumudini Lakhia

Fiction for Term 1 (5 Marks):

The Old Man and the Sea ( E. Hemingway)
Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Fiction for Term 2 (5 Marks):

The Old Man and the Sea ( E. Hemingway)
Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Drama for Term 1 (5 Marks):

Arms and the Man (G.B Shaw) Act I

Drama for Term 2 (5 Marks):

Arms and the Man (G.B Shaw) Act II, III

Seminar for Term 1 (10 Marks)

  • Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, parable) to be followed by a question answer session.
  • Poetry reading to be followed by interpretative tasks based on close reading and literary analysis of the text.
  • Critical review of a film or a play.
  • Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion

Seminar for Term 2 (10 Marks)

  • Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, parable) to be followed by a question -answer session.
  • Poetry reading to be followed by interpretative tasks based on close reading and literary analysis of the text.
  • Critical review of a film or a play.
  • Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion.

CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2022-2023

The CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 English 2022-23 is released by the board. Students can download the syllabus pdf and go through it to plan their studies.

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