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Sunday, 23 January 2011

ICSE 2011:English 1:Model Question Paper

English Paper 1
Grammar and Composition
(Two hours)

Answer to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the Question Paper.
The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all the four questions.
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering question 1
and 20 minutes in answering question 2

Question 1
Write a composition of reasonable length [350-400 words] in any one of the following:            [25]
(a)    School is a temple of learning. But this belief is fast changing now. Keeping in view the trend adopted by the students of today, give your views on the statement.
(b)   Man is often ruined by his pride.
(c)    “All is well that ends well”. Narrate an incident that reveals the truth of the statement.
(d)   Relate a short story which has as its theme “Regret but Too Late to Repent”
(e)    Study the picture below. Write an original story or description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it, but here must be some clear connection between the picture and the composition.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

ICSE 2011 Practice Paper Comprehension

Read the passage given below and answer the question a, b, c, and that follow:
La Nina is an atmospheric phenomenon when the equatorial waters of eastern Pacific Ocean turn unusually cold. It is the opposite of El Nino when the eastern waters are warmer than usual. Both events create the greatest global impact in winter time. La Nina — The Little Girl —has enormous adverse effect globally since showing itself in mid-2010. La Nina and its equally unruly relative, El Nino, occur when the waters of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean along the equator become uncommonly cold or warm. These changes in the Pacific bring forth changes in atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature, and rainfall that have a worldwide influence. These conjugated with changes in the ocean and atmospheres are jointly called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For India, an El Nino is of grave concern as it negatively affects the south-west monsoon. La Nina, on the contrary, is frequently advantageous for the monsoon, particularly in the second half. The La Nina that happened in the Pacific in 2010 possibly assisted last year’s south-west monsoon in its last half advantageously. Yet, it also brought in the flood in Australia, which turned out to be one of worst natural disasters with large regions of the north-east under water and also caused similar mayhem in south-eastern Brazil and actively caused the heavy rains and accompanying deluging in Sri Lanka. The impact of ESNO is obviously aggravated by global warming The Indian Ocean is warming quickly. We can already observe the glimpses of the sinister influence of a La Lina of the rising warming along with the increase in temperature of the western Pacific.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

ICSE 2011:Comprehension: Practice


Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
The aim of teaching is to create in the qualitative elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct. What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. A good teacher cannot be partial or narrow-minded. A worthy idea of a teacher can motivate students to act positively and achieve their noble objectives. What a teacher is has an ennobling impact on the students and reawaken them to accomplish marvellous goals in the years to come.
Unfortunately, it is a disturbing reality that many of the teachers are unintentionally partial and their thoughts are malformed. These distorted thoughts adversely affect the nature and calibre of teaching and eventually the prospects of the students.
A teacher should painstakingly and methodically develop elegance in thought and action by nurturing critical thinking. Critical thinking is an approach to any concept or issue in which the thinker enriches the worth of his thinking by expertly monitoring and controlling the structures that are inherent in the thought process. The outcome of creative thinking approach can be impressive with teachers developing clearness in thought.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

ENGLISH Paper 1
(Two hours)
Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately. You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes. This time is to be spent in reading the question paper. The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers. Attempt all four questions. The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in bracketsYou are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)       [25] 
Write a composition (350 - 400 words) on any on e of the following: 
(a) Me and my big mouth! 
(b) Write about a time when you were late for an important function. What lesson on punctuality did you learn? (c) Every home should adopt a pet animal. Express your views either for or against this statement. 
(d) Write an original short story which illustrates the truth of the statement, One lie leads to another.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition 
Question 2 (Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select one of the following:                                            [10]