In its latest two-year syllabus for classes IX and X, 2014 (w.e.f. 2012-13 for class IX and 2013-14 for class X) the CBSE has included a new section on Long Reading Text.
In this section for Class X, the following works have been recommended by CBSE:
1. The Diary of a Young Girl—Anne Frank
2. The Story of My Life—Helen Keller
The school has a choice of using any one.
Both these works with unabridged text are now available in strict alignment with the guidelines given by the CBSE.
Anne Frank wrote in her diary from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944. The diary was received by her on her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942. At the time she started writing the diary, she was unaware that in a month she would be forced to live in hiding with her family and some friends. Her emotions of growing up and her loneliness were recorded in her diary which she named, ';Kitty'.
Anne started her diary entry strictly for herself but realized that it could be used for historical purposes in recounting the events that took place. She then edited and improved her entries, sometimes omitting passages which were not interesting enough.
During the period Anne was in hiding, ';Kitty' became her friend and confidante. She was comforted in her isolation by sharing her fear, sorrow, happiness and other emotions that became a part of her growing-up. Her diary entry speak volumes of the harshness of the Germans against the Jews. She projects her anxiety for her friends and their families who have not been fortunate to go into hiding. Her diary entries also reflect the conflict she experiences at her mother's attitude towards her, her sister's behaviour, and the father's love. It also states the change in her nature as she gains an insight into her inner self and realises how immature she had been when she had started writing the diary.
In 1944, perhaps due to a tip-off to the German police, the inmates of the Annex were arrested in August 1944. Anne was sent to a concentration camp where she and her sister Margot died of typhus.
- JAM (in-text questions—unsolved) for better comprehension
- word meanings of unfamiliar and difficult words
- questions based on inference and interpretation