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Higher Secondary English Course Book is designed to meet the growing demands of students in the challenging and competent age. It mainly focuses on making the learners use the language efficiently and appropriately in the situations they encounter. All units are based on specific objectives centered on learner outcomes. To know the progress of study, assessments are done through two types of evaluation – Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CE) and Term Evaluation (TE).

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation
CCE is done to ensure the learner participation in the learning process, his comprehension skills, ability to present the knowledge acquired , his clarity of concept and its originality etc. CE is done by 3 types – learning process assessment, Portfolio assessment, Unit based assessment. Maximum score for CE is 20.

Term Evaluation
Unlike other subjects, here assessment is done by considering language elements, discourses, language skills. Maximum score is 80.

A Glance at Units

Higher Secondary First Year(Plus One) English

English Course Book consists of 6 units. Each unit comprises number of chapters like prose, poem, play etc. and they are topically linked also.
UNIT 1: GLIMPSES OF GREATNESS
Four chapters are there in the first Unit
  • His First Flight (story)
  • I will Fly (speech)
  • Quest For the Theory of Everything(Profile) and
  • IF(poem)
This Unit introduces unique characters who motivate the learners to dream high. It stresses the need to develop self confidence and fight against the hardships and overcome them.
Activities on focus - Read and comprehend stories, speeches, profiles, personal essays, writing reviews, prepare interview questions and using cohesive devices and conditionals effectively.

UNIT 2: WORDS AND DEEDS
Three Chapters are there in the Second unit
  • And Then Gandhi Came (Essay)
  • Death the Leveller (Poem)
  • The Price of Flowers (Short story)
It creates an awareness that good deeds give meaning to life. It upholds the significance of values and attitudes in life.
Activities on Focus – Note making, speech, drafting letters, character sketches, using concord appropriately, literary elements etc:-

UNIT 3: BEYOND THE HORIZON
Three Chapters are there in the Third unit.
  • Sunrise on the Hills (poem)
  • The Trip of Lehorla (Short story)
  • Sacred Turtles of Kandavu (based on Fijian legend)
It is about the journey to explore knowledge and how it proves to be a different entertaining and informative experience.
Activities on Focus- Drafting the script of live TV report, designing travel brochure, travel essay and info, write ups, narrating events from different points of view, performing debates etc.

UNIT 4: BRAVING THE HAZARDS
Three Chapters are there in the Fourth unit.
  • Disasters and Disaster management(Essay)
  • Serang of Ranaganji (Short story)
  • The Wreck of the Titanic (poem)
This unit familiarizes the students with the major disasters, its causes and disaster management as well. The poem is also about the one of the greatest disasters in sea, the wreck of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. 
Activities on Focus –note making, précis writing, report writing, letter writing, critical appreciation, use of language elements like participles, adverbs, passive forms of verbs etc.

UNIT 5: HARMONY OF LIFE
The Chapters are
  • Gooseberry (Story)
  • To Sleep (poem)
  • Going Out for a walk (Essay)
Here students discuss the role of health and wellness for a successful life and understands the necessity of proper rest in order to have a peaceful mind and happiness. They get familiar with the features of personal essay.
Activities on Focus – seminar report, welcome speech, understanding the structure of exclamatory sentence, framing questions, preparing critical appreciation of poem etc.

UNIT 6: LEAPS AND BOUNDS
The Chapters are
  • Cyber space (Essay)
  • Is society dead? (Article)
  • Conceptual Fruit (Short story)
Varied aspects of technology and its economical, sociological, cultural and philosophical dimensions are discussed here. It also attempts to study the influence of technology in our life and the future challenges of IPod generation.
Activities on focus – persuasive essay writing, email writing, report writing, writing reports on interviews etc.

For Theory Examination(TE) preparation:
Activities based on text be practiced. Speech, profile, emails, write ups. etc related to textual content be given focus.
Debates, discussions, interviews on textual and general – should be practised
Character sketches and review writing are prominent.
Letter writing, report writing, note making, précis writing, essay writing - text based but with general ideas be done with.
Travel brochures, travel essay, travel info, live TV report have to be focused.
Cohesive devices, concord , editing, if clause etc must be familiarized.
Format of each type of activities be specially followed.
Textual content be familiarized where as it should be modified with personal ideas and language as required in the examination.
Language elements should be made clear to enhance answering application level questions.

Higher Secondary Second Year(Plus Two) English

English Course Book for second year has been developed on the basis of specific themes and concepts so that it enhances their language skills to cater to their needs after their completion of the Higher Secondary Course. It includes different literary works – short stories, poems, plays, interviews etc. Due importance is given for grammatical elements. An integrated approach is adopted aiming at the linguistic and pragmatic competence of the students. There are five units.
UNIT 1: FLIGHTS OF FREEDOM
The Chapters are
  • The 3Ls of Empowerment (speech)
  • Any Woman (poem)
  • Horegallu (anecdote)
  • Match Box (Story)
This unit analyses the concept of women empowerment, the rights and privileges of women and her multifarious role. It upholds the importance of freedom for women also. The story displays the typical Indian woman and how she endures her male chauvinist husband.
Activities on focus: speech, panel discussion, poem review, designing blurb, narrating events from different points of view, analyzing characters etc.

UNIT 2: HEIGHTS OF HARMONY
The Chapters are
  • Mending Wall (poem)
  • Amigo Brothers (Story)
  • The Hour of Truth (one act play)
It helps the students to develop values like honesty, friendship, love, truthfulness etc. Also it presents the dangers of misusing one’s power.
Activities on focus: appreciating poem, character sketches, preparing and presenting announcements for various programmes, writing reviews, making news reports, preparing for debates and language practice – tense, reported speech, voice etc:-

UNIT 3: CHALLENGES OF LIFE
Chapters - 
  • A Three Wheeled Revolution (interview)
  • Didi (life writing)
  • Stammer (Poem)
The concept of social entrepreneurship and the importance of social commitments are introduced here.
Activities on foucs: creating blogs, preparing job application and resume writing, responding to interview questions, writing emails, using idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs.
UNIT 4: LIVE AND LET LIVE
Chapters - 
  • When A Sapling is Planted? (speech)
  • Rice (poem)
  • Dangers of Drug Abuse (essay)
This unit insists on the need of preserving nature, the values of farming and the impacts of reducing significance of agriculture sector and commercialization of it. Also it creates an awareness of health hazards due to over use of drugs. 
Activities on focus: drafting letters of enquiry, write ups on current social issues, preparing short essays , understanding different language expressions adverbial phrases etc.

UNIT 5: THE LIGHTER SIDE
Chapters – 
  • Post Early For Christmas ( one act play)
  • This is Going to Hurt a Little Bit ( poem)
  • Crime and Punishment ( Story)
This unit depicts a sense of humour. The story presents the significant role of Parent and teacher in the life of a student.
Activities on focus: poem appreciation, writing scripts, writing arguments for debate and using ‘as if’ and prepositions.
For Theory Examination(TE) preparation:
Textual content must be clear to the students.
Preparation be done to answer varied forms of questions – objective type, multiple choice, short answer and essay type etc.
Write ups, reviews, essays, character sketches, narrations – based on texts be expressed in own words. In addition to this,your own points related to the concept would make better answer.
Topic related debates and interviews can be expected.
e-mails, job applications, letters of enquiry – be given special attention
Practices on report writing (newspaper report,seminar reports and reports for school magazine), blog and blurb writing would be helpful.
Announcements/ compering and script writing be familiarized.
MUST KNOW (Plus One & Plus Two)
  • Students are advised to follow the right format of each activity.
  • Textual content and general ideas related to the topic be get readied for better performance 
  • Grammar part must be worked out at the application level.
  • Score of each question be taken into care while answering questions.
  • In the case of language, along with the content, organization of ideas, presentation, originality of language and competence in it will be considered.
To aid the students’ preparation for their Higher Secondary board examination, study notes and sample question papers of Kerala Higher Secondary Plus One and Plus Two English prepared by Reena Mathai, HSST, Govt HSS, Pirappancodu, Vembayam, Trivandrum, Ananthi M, HSST, Govt HSS Perumpalam, Alappuzha, Jeeja R, Govt HSS, Oachira and Vidya V.T, Govt HSS,Kayanna, Kozhikkodu based on the above said expected learning outcomes are published here.

Make use of your time and study materials to take maximum score. Prepare the best to perform the best. Wish you all a great success!!!!

11+ Essay Writing

Independent School Essay Writing Next Page.

With thanks to various 11+ Forum members, particularly Freya, for their helpful posts on this topic.

Children often feel that the essay element of the 11+ is a monumental task, and parents preparing them for it often feel the same way! We hope that the advice on this page will help your and your child to break the task down into manageable pieces, and also provide you with some useful shortcuts.

On this section you will also find advice on essay writing from an 11+ veteran who took several Independent School exams. The advice given is particularly helpful for longer essays and for more challenging topics and tests.

The essay test may be as little as 20 minutes or as long as 50 minutes, and may be factual or fiction. There is usually a choice of titles, but it is important to check the type of topics that have come up in the tests for each school in the past. There are some examples below of essay titles that have come up in past 11+ tests around the country to get you started.

Examiners in different areas may have different priorities. In some areas they will mainly be interested in the content of the work, rather than demanding good spelling or punctuation. In other areas accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling may be required as well. All examiners will be looking for one key thing: the “beginning, middle and end” that most children find so difficult to achieve in essays.

If your child does not excel at fiction writing and you know for certain that they will have a choice of factual or fiction topics, you could focus on developing their ability to write a persuasive factual essay rather than battling uphill with creative writing.

Planning

Learning good planning technique is essential to success in an 11+ essay. The elements that need to be planned are:

  • Who are the characters? Can you describe them?
  • Where is the story set?
  • What is the plot – what will happen in the story?
  • How will the story begin?
  • What will happen in the middle?
  • How will it end?

With very limited time for planning an essay in the 11+ a child must learn to make rough notes on all of these points within a very tight timescale. In some areas the children are given 5 minutes specifically to plan their essay, but in other areas that time is included in the time allotted for the whole task, and speed is critical.

Building up a “bank” of characters and settings that your child can fall back is well worth doing. Typical characters might be: a criminal; an old lady; a spooky person; a scary man, a nice friend, etc. Settings might include: A rocky seashore; a dark wood; an old, empty house, etc.

To develop the “beginning, middle and end” balance, you can work out how much your child is likely to write in the allotted time and then start to rule 3 sections on their page, one short one, a longer one and a third short one. They then have to complete the “beginning” within the space allowed in the first section, fit the middle into the longer section and the ending must take up the whole of the last section

Even after extensive practice a child may still find that they are running out of time. It is well worth preparing some “emergency endings”, and never, ever falling back on the stock phrase: “And then I woke up and realised it was all a dream”. It is an ending that makes the hearts of teachers and examiners sink to their boots!

Vocabulary

Plenty of adjectives and adverbs will make for interesting writing, and you can help your child to make “stock lists” of appropriate words for different settings. For example, if the story is a “spooky” story, help them to think of dark, scary adjectives and adverbs.

As time goes on it is also worth helping a child come up with “stock phrases” that can fit into almost any essay, such as:

  • Linking mood to weather: Tears like the rain/waterfalls; Eyes bruised like dark clouds; Heart beating as raindrops thundered; Eyes twinkling like dew on fresh grass.
  • Descriptions of surroundings: Sweet, cloying scent; Patchwork of autumn leaves – vibrant reds, ochres, etc; Shafts of sunshine dappling; Trees whispering to each other; Angry water seething and boiling.
  • Descriptions of being frightened: Being chased, hiding and anticipating being found.

Essay topics

For creative writing, the topics set for 11+ essays tend to have the same common themes, and it is worth having a “stock” story that can be used in each of these settings:

  • Being lost, scared or alone
  • Doing something exciting or achieving something (’the best day of my life was . . . ’)
  • Animals
  • Taking a holiday
  • Having an adventure
  • Being in a city or in the countryside

These are topics that have come up on past 11+ papers around the country, with a few additional titles contributed by our 11+ Forum members:

  • A surprising spy
  • Removed
  • Break time at school
  • Write a story about a lost key
  • Is life too hectic to enjoy fully?
  • My favourite memories
  • A farewell party
  • An attempted robbery
  • It was a while before I realised my cat could talk
  • Moving Houses
  • I don’t know what that noise was …..
  • The new pupils
  • The storm
  • The Burglary
  • My Brilliant Idea
  • Visiting Relatives
  • The Balloon
  • The school rules
  • Panic
  • A place that inspires you
  • Your favourite day out
  • Are Jamie Oliver’s new school dinners a good idea.
  • What makes a good friend?
  • Describe the scene and the activities at a bus station.
  • What are your reactions to discipline? How far is it necessary both at home and at school?
  • How does the life of your generation differ from that of your grandparents?
  • Discuss the good and bad effects of competition in modern life
  • Is life too hectic to enjoy fully?

Independent School Essay Writing Next Page.

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