CBSE-2017 Syllabus for Creative Writing And Translation Studies Classes XI and XII

Aims and Objectives of the course

Creative Writing

  1. Understand literature as a creative act.
  2. Understand the creative process involved in literary composition.
  3. Understand different forms and techniques of literary composition such as types of prose, poetry and drama.
  4. Appreciate the writers purpose, intended meaning, the attitudes and moods experienced and cultural appeal.
  5. Formulate their emotional and intellectual response to literacy composition.
  6. Understand multiplicity of meanings of a composition including indirect and figurative meaning.
  7. Write original composition in prose, poetry and drama.

Translation Studies

To make learners:

  1. Aware of the act of Translation
  2. Understand the difficulty of translating across languages.
  3. Equipped to translate simple text effectively.

Approach

This course is as much teacher centred as student centred. That implies the teacher herself/himself shall display in her interations a degree of literary sensibility and sentivity.

  • It is expected that teacher will:
  • Articulate multiple meanings as an example of reading
  • Draw the attention of students to indirect and figuratively expressed meanings
  • Explain the features of different forms of literary composition.

It is also expected that learners develop a wholistic appreciation of literature in terms of Listening, speaking, reading and writing (LSRW).

Learners are to participate in the process of literature appreciation and treat their own resposes with respect.

Methodology

Classroom discussions and a brief exposition of composition by students to cultivate the ability to express and reflect grounds of their response.

Acquisition Of Language Skills Listening

Listening and Speaking (Aural and Oral)

Objectives of Aural and Oral Skills involved in the conduct of the course are to develop the ability to:

  • listen to different types of texts and appreciate the difference of forms, styles and purpose of a composition.
  • listen to different discourses such as speeches, lectures and actively participate in ensuing discussions.
  • listen to reports and other expository texts and extract relevant information.
  • listen to poetry for understanding the features of language of poetry and the mode of expression of sentiments and emotions.
  • take part in role-plays and enact different characters in drama.
  • develop the art of public speaking.
  • read poems aloud emotively

Approach to Listening Skills

The idea is to adopt practices that cultivate the ability to listen attentively and speak carefully. Learners are to be exposed to listen to actual/virtual types of literary composition.

Reading

Objectives of Reading

To develop in the learners the ability to:

  • use dictionaries, thesaurus and reference materials both actual and virtual
  • read different kind of reading i.e.. Skimming, scanning and close reading.
  • infer and understand the writer's attitude, bias, if any
  • comprehend the difference between what is said and what is implied.
  • differentiate between persuasion, exposition and imaginative expression.
  • understand the cultural context of the work.
  • identify different figures of speech.
  • develop a personal response to the given text
  • appreciate the special features of the language used in literary text
  • identify the elements of style such as humour, pathos, satire and irony in the text
  • explore and evaluate features of character, plot, setting etc.
  • appreciate the oral, mobile and visual elements of drama.

Approach to Reading

Learners to be encouraged and trained to:

  • relate what they read to their life experiences
  • Comprehened, interpret and evaluate what they read
  • Extend their vocabulary through sustained reading
  • read a composition at different limits to arrive at different layers of meaning.

Writing

Objectives of Writing To train the learners:

In oral responses to the questions based on text.

  • different kinds of writings using appropriate vocabulary, language, length and style.
  • to compare writings: Reports, descriptions of people, places and processes.
  • reports, autobiography, memoir, stories.
  • reflective writing: Using ideas and themes expressing one's view and using a persuasive writing style.
  • travelogues and features using appropriate illustrations.
  • to compare
    1. essays on different themes.
    2. simple stories in a narrative style.
    3. simple dialogues on a given situation.
  • to review a book or a film
  • to deliver short speeches in an impressive or persuasive style.
  • a diary or a journal entry.
  • to expand an outline into a full composition
  • poems using appropriate words
  • to compose short poems of a given type.

Approach

An interactive, participative and a multiskill approach is to be adopted which integrates LSR as precursor to the act of writing.

Creative Wriring Translation Studies

Class XI One Paper 3 hours and 100 Marks

Section-wise Weightage of the Paper

Section

Areas of Learning

Marks

Reading Comprehension (Three unseen passages, prose and poetry)

20 Marks

Creative Writing Skills

20 Marks

Translation

20 Marks

Textual

20 Marks

Portfolio Assessment (CCE-Internal)

20 Marks

Total

100 Marks

Section A Reading Comprehension 40 Period and 20 Marks

Three unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions on different levels of comprehension (literal, interpretative and critical) including marks for vocabulary such as inferring and word formation. The total number of words in the three passages, including the poem or a stanza, would be about 1050 − 1100.

The unseen passages would be:

  1. Non-fictional prose, an excerpt 250 − 300 words in length (for extracting information, inferring and interpreting, evaluating and word building) -07 marks
  2. Fictional prose, a very short story or an excerpt, 250 − 300 words in length (for interpretation, understanding character, responding to the text) -07 marks
  3. A short poem or a few stanzas (about 15 lines) (for understanding central idea, appreciation and personal response) -06 marks

These passages or poems could be of any one of the following types:

  1. Autobiographies or reflective writing like essays or articles.
  2. Excerpts from narrative and fictional writing like stories, novels and plays.
  3. A short poem like a sonnet or a lyric, or a stanza from a ballad or a longer lyrical poem.

Section B Creative Writing Skills-20 marks and 40 periods

Four writing tasks as indicated below:

  1. Develop a composition of personal writing such as a diary entry, memoir or an autobiography
  2. (200 words) -6 marks
  3. Develop a feature or a review such as a travelogue, book or film review based on verbal or a visual input (200 words) 6 marks
  4. Developing an original poem such as a sonnet or a lyric or free verse based on a given idea or theme, visual input, an incident or event in life. 8 marks

Translation-20 Marks and 40 periods

  1. Guided translation i.e.. a piece of translated text for completion based on the original text (prose or poetry) -04 marks
  2. Open translation of a prose piece (100 words) -08 marks
  3. Open translation of a short poem or a stanza-08 marks

Section C Reader-20 Marks and 60 periods

  • Four questions of three marks each to be answered in 60 − 80 words based on the understanding of the text. 12 marks
  • One out of the two open ended essay topics to be answered in 200 words. 08 marks

Section D Portfolio AssessMent-20 Marks and 50 periods

The Reader has inbuilt suggestions and activities for the students'Portfolio.

20 marks have been allotted for the Portfolio wherein the following would be assessed:

  1. Ideas and their sequencing
  2. Applying the basic principles of the particular genre
  3. Use of correct and effective language
  4. Use of appropriate style
  5. Use of techniques and figures of speech.

Note: The Portfolio will consist of a compilation of all written submissions over the duration of the course. A minimum of 15 written assignments each of creative writing and translation would need to be submitted. The submission would include both the original and improved versions of assigned tasks reflective of gradual improvement.

The Portfolio will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Regularity in submission of both class and home written assignments.
  2. Quality of tasks with emphasis on creative and comprehensive application.
  3. Average grades of all Creative Writing and Translation written tasks.
  4. Oral Communication Skills and classroom transaction.

Conversation Skills will be tested as part of Continuous Assessment. The learners may be assessed for making relevant responses to the text, formulating a point of view and defending it. Learners will also be assessed for their ability to read aloud with adequate modulations, portions from stories, poems or plays. Dramatization would be another aspect which would be used for exercising their spoken skills.

NOTE: The Portfolio can be monitored and moderated at any time by an expert nominated by the Board.

Recommended Books: Reader:

  1. Creative Writing & Translation Studies for Class XI published by CBSE.
  2. Srijan I NCERT (Bylingual)

Class XII 3 hours and 100 Marks

Section-wise Weightage of the Paper

Section

Areas of Learning

Marks

Reading Comprehension (Three unseen passages, prose and poetry)

20 Marks

Creative Writing Skills

20 Marks

Translation

20 Marks

Textual

20 Marks

Portfolio Assessment (CCE-Internal)

20 Marks

Total

100 Marks

Section A

Reading Comprehension 20 Marks and 40 Periods

Three unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions on different levels of compre-hension (literal, interpretative and critical) including marks for vocabulary such as inferring and word formation. The total number of words in the three passages, including the poem or a stanza, would be about 1050 − 1100. The unseen passages would be:

  1. Non-fictional prose, an excerpt 400 − 450 words in length (for extracting information, infer-ring and interpreting, evaluating and word attack) 07 marks
  2. Fictional prose, a very short story or an excerpt, 300 − 350 words in length (for interpreta-tion, understanding character, responding to the test) 07 marks
  3. A short poem or a few stanzas (about 15 lines) (for understanding central idea, appreciation and personal response) 06 marks

These passages or poems could be of any one of the following types:

  1. Excerpts from expository or narrative writing like descriptions, reports, biographies, memoirs or autobiographies or reflective writing like essays or articles.
  2. Excerpts from narrative and fictional writing like stories, novels and plays.
  3. A short poem like a sonnet or a lyric, or a stanza from a ballad or a longer lyrical poem.

Section B Creative Writing Skills 20 Marks and 40 Periods

The following writing tasks are to be assigned and submitted

  1. Develop a composition of personal writing such as a diary entry, memoir or an autobiography (200 words) -6 marks
  2. Develop a feature or a review such as a travelogue, book or film review based on verbal or a visual input (200 words) 6 marks
  3. Develop an original piece of writing based on a given idea or theme, visual input, an incident or event in life. 8 marks

Translation-20 Marks and 40 periods

The following tasks are to be assigned and submitted.

  1. Guided translation i.e.. a piece of translated text for completion based on the original text (prose or poetry) -04 marks
  2. Open translation of a prose piece (100 words) -08 marks
  3. Open translation of a short poem or a stanza-08 marks

Section C Reader 20 Marks and 60 Periods

  1. Four questions out of five of three marks each to be answered in 60 − 80 words based on the understanding of the text. 12 marks
  2. One out of the two open ended essay topics in 200 words. 08 marks

Section D Portfolio Assessment 20 Marks and 40 Periods

The Reader has inbuilt suggestions and activities for the learner's Portfolio.

In Portfolio, 20 marks have been allotted for assessing the following:

  1. Ideas and their sequencing
  2. Applying the basic principles of the particular genre
  3. Use of correct and effective language
  4. Use of appropriate style
  5. Use of techniques and figures of speech.

Note: The Portfolio will consist of a compilation of all written submission over the duration of the course. Aminimum of 15 written assignments each of creative writing and translation would need to be submitted. The submission would include both the original and improved versions of assigned tasks reflective of gradual improvement.

The Portfolio will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Regularity in submission of both class and home written assignments.
  2. Quality of tasks with emphasis on creative and comprehensive application.
  3. Average grades of all Creative Writing and Translation written tasks.
  4. Oral Communication Skills and classroom transaction.

Conversation Skills will be tested as part of ‘Continuous Assessment’ The students can be as-sessed for making relevant responses to the text, making a point of view and defending their point of view. Students will also be assessed for their ability to read aloud portions from stories, poems or plays. Dramatization would be another aspect which would be used for exercising their spoken skills.

NOTE: The Portfolio can be monitored and moderated at any time by an expert nominated by the Board.

Recommended Books:

Reader: Creative Writing and Translation Studies for Class XII published by CBSE. Srijan II NCERT (Bilingual)