CBSE Class 10 First Flight Summary Cheat Sheet | Chapter Wise

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Below we have provided the complete CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature First Flight chapter wise summary.

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Chapter 1: A Letter to God Summary

Author: G.L. Fuentes

Character Introduction

  • Lencho (Hardworking, Faithful)
  • Postmaster: (Amiable man)

Theme: Unwavering faith in God despite adversity

Plot:

  • Lencho, a farmer, eagerly awaits rain for his cornfield.
  • A hailstorm destroys his entire crop, endangering his family’s survival.
  • Despite hardship, Lencho believes in God’s help.
  • Lencho writes a letter to God asking for assistance.
  • The postmaster, moved by Lencho’s faith, collects money for him.
  • Lencho receives only 70 pesos, less than he expected, and feels betrayed.
  • He writes another letter to God, expressing his disappointment and distrust in the post office employees

Chapter 2: Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela

Theme: Struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa

Character Introduction:

Nelson Mandela (Resilient, Determined) Dignitaries from various countries People of South Africa

Plot:

  • Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa on May 10, 1994, marking the birth of a new democratic nation.
  • Many dignitaries attend the historic inauguration.
  • Mandela expresses gratitude to the dignitaries and pledges to eradicate discrimination in the country.
  • Democracy is established, ensuring equal rights for all citizens.
  • The people of South Africa sing two National Anthems as a symbol of unity and progress.
  • Mandela reflects on the oppression faced by black South Africans under white rule.
  • He emphasizes the importance of overcoming hatred and embracing love to achieve freedom.
  • Mandela discusses the dual obligations individuals have towards family and country.
  • He recounts his realization that his own freedom was illusory, as he and his family were victims of exploitation.
  • Mandela advocates for freedom even for those who were once oppressors, stating that both the oppressed and oppressors are prisoners.
  • He concludes that true bravery lies in conquering fear and fulfilling one’s duties to family, country, and community.

Chapter 3: Two Stories About Flying

Author:
Liam O’Flaherty “His First Flight”
Fredrik Forsyth “Black Aeroplane”

Theme: Overcoming fear through courage and determination Character Introduction: Young Seagull (Fearful Bird) Pilot (Determined)

Plot:

“His First Flight” by Liam O’Flaherty:

  • The story centers on a young seagull who is fearful of taking his first flight.
  • Despite encouragement and threats from his parents, the young seagull refuses to fly, fearing his wings won’t support him.
  • The young seagull’s hunger eventually forces him to lean out over the edge of the ledge, causing him to accidentally fall into flight.
  • As he falls, he discovers that his wings do indeed support him, and he learns to fly confidently alongside his siblings.

“Black Aeroplane” by Fredrik Forsyth:

  • The narrative follows a pilot who is flying from France to England to join his family for breakfast.
  • He encounters storm clouds that darken his surroundings completely, leaving him disoriented and unable to see.
  • Another aeroplane without lights appears and signals the pilot to follow.
  • Despite having no radio contact and low fuel, the pilot follows the mysterious aeroplane through the storm clouds.
  • The pilot is guided safely to a runway by the other aeroplane, but upon landing, he discovers that there is no record of another aircraft being in the area.
  • The mystery of the black aeroplane and its pilot remains unsolved, leaving the protagonist with a sense of awe and gratitude.

Chapter 4: From the Diary of Anne Frank

Author: Anne Frank

Theme: challenges of school life, including academic pressure, disciplinary actions, and Anne’s resilience through creativity and humor

Character Introduction

Anne Frank: Spirited and talkative student G.N.: Anne’s classmate C.N. and Jacques: Two boys in Anne’s class Mr. Keesing: Anne’s math teacher

Plot:

  • Anne describes the anxiety within her class as they await the teachers’ decision on promotion.
  • She shares amusing anecdotes about her classmates’ reactions, particularly C.N. and Jacques.
  • Despite her concerns about certain subjects, Anne maintains optimism.
  • She narrates her amusing encounters with Mr. Keesing, who assigns her essays as punishment for talking in class.
  • Anne cleverly tackles the essay topics, showcasing her wit and resourcefulness. She reflects on the unpredictability of teachers and the importance of perseverance.
  • Ultimately, Anne finds success in navigating classroom dynamics through creativity and humor, earning Mr. Keesing’s appreciation and avoiding extra homework assignments.

Author:
“A Baker from Goa” by Lucio Rodrigues
“Coorg” by Lokesh Abrol
“Tea from Assam” by Arup Kumar Datta

Theme: Diversity and richness of Indian lifestyles and cultures

Plot:

1. “A Baker from Goa” by Lucio Rodrigues:

  • Set in Portuguese-ruled Goa, the story highlights the significance of a baker in the village.
  • Describes the traditional process of breadmaking and the cultural importance of bread in Goan society.
  • Portrays the nostalgic memories associated with the baker and the sweet bread called Bol.

2. “Coorg” by Lokesh Abrol:

  • Explores the enchanting district of Coorg in Karnataka, known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage.
  • Discusses the historical connections of Coorg with Alexander’s army and the unique dress code of the locals.
  • Highlights the bravery of the Coorg people and their contributions, including the renowned Coorg Regiment in the Indian Army.

3. “Tea from Assam” by Arup Kumar Datta:

  • Follows the journey of two friends exploring Assam and its tea plantations.
  • Discusses the legends surrounding the discovery of tea and its cultural significance.
  • Explores the vast tea estates of Assam and the traditional practice of tea leaf plucking. Sets the stage for further exploration of Assam’s rich tea culture.

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