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Higher Secondary Plus Two English-Focus Area Study Notes 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021 / 1 Comment

As the prevailing condition of our state is in the grip of the dreadful disease Covid 19, it has not been conducive for the proper functioning of the academic year, the govt has decided to make the students focus more attention to certain areas for their easy preparation and thereby lessening the stress and strain of the upcoming exam of the Higher Secondary Second year students. 

Hence, if the focus is given on these selected topics from which majority of the questions are expected, the students would be able to have an excellent performance. The various notes of each chapter under this area, compiled together for the easy reference study are given here. 

Focus Area Chapters in XII English 

1. 3L’s Empowerment (Speech ) 
2. Match Box (Story ) 
3. Any Woman (Poem ) 
4. Horegallu (Anecdote ) 
5. The Hour of Truth (One act play ) 
6. A Three Wheeled Revolution (Interview ) 
7. Rice (Poem ) 

For strengthening the preparation and enhancement of recollection of each chapter in the focus area 2021, the students are advised to watch the digital classes in the Victors’ Channel as it would provide them with a first hand virtual experience of attending the classes. For this purpose, the link of each class is given here. Click the class to view again.
Focus Area Based Study Notes
Plus Two(XII) English Focus area based study notes by Samagra Shiksha Kerala
Plus Two(XII) English Focus area study notes by Malappuram District Panchayath
Plus Two(XII) English Study Notes based on focus area 2021 by Team Hsslive
Plus Two(XII) English Study Notes(Step up quick notes)
Plus Two(XII) English Study Notes(Full Text)
Plus Two(XII) Engllish Video Class Links
Plus Two(XII) English Video Class(Victers) based on focus area 2021
Plus Two(XII) English Video Class(Hsslive) based on focus area 2021
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Focus Area Based Study Notes(All subjects)
Hsslive Study Notes Archive

Step Up English-Higher Secondary Plus One/Plus Two English Quick Notes

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 / 12 Comments
In the present academic scenario in the educational institutions in our state, most the students strive hard to reach the notch of success whereas there is still a notable section of students who struggle a lot even to get through the examination. 

It is much transparent in the score sheet if we glance at the score of part one English(Higher Secondary). Since it has become a common scene, it is high time, the right pedagogical methods and transactional materials were shared among such group of learners. 

As the board exam is around the corner for the higher secondary students, focused and simple study materials in Higher Secondary first and second year English would guide the students to overcome their barriers and thus to get a fruitful result. 

The STEP UP ENGLISH(Vijayabheri Project) prepared by an expert team of Higher Secondary English teachers of Malappuram District Panchayath would lead such students to the path of success.

The handbook ‘STEP UP English’ has been prepared as a part of ‘Vijayabheri Project’ exclusively for those students who are struggling hard to score even 24 in English in the Higher Secondary public examinations

The Step Up English consists of 5 parts:

I. Text Book Analysis

A) Synopsis of the Lesson
B) Review of the Poems
C) Important Characters

II. Important Discourses

A)Speech
B)Write-up/Paragraphs
C)Comparison/Review
D)Essay/Article/Opinion
E)Letter
F)Announcement
G)Agreeing/Disagreeing
H)Panel Discussion/Group Discussion
I)Blog Entry
J)Speech
K)Interview
L)Email
M)Blurb
N)Letter of Enquiry
O)Letter to the Editor
P)Job Application/Resume

III. Question Paper Analysis

A) Frequently Appearing Words in the Question Papers
B) Higher Secondary March 2019 Question Paper

IV. Practice Section

A) Frequently Used Sentences/expressions in the Answer Scripts
B) Four Sets of Unit Tests
C) Question Paper: Worksheet

V. ‘Step Up’ Extra

A) More Characters
B) More Discourses
Click the link below for study materials
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Step Up English- Higher Secondary First Year(Plus One) English Quick Notes
Step Up English- Higher Secondary Second Year(Plus Two) English Quick Notes
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Higher Secondary Study Materials(All Subjects)
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Higher Secondary Plus One / Plus Two English Notes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / 237 Comments
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!!!!
Plus One English Notes
Unit 1: Lesson 1 His First Flight- Liam O’ Flaherty
Unit 1: Lesson 2 I Will Fly- Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Unit 1: Lesson 4 IF-Rudyard Kipling
Unit 1: Lesson 4 IF-Rudyard Kipling(Analysis-PPT Slide)
Unit 2: Lesson 1 And then Gandhi Came
Unit 2: Lesson 2 The Price of Flowers-Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyaya
Unit 2: Lesson 3 Death the Leveller
Unit 3: Lesson 1 Sunrise on the Hills
Unit 3: Lesson 1 Sunrise on the Hills(Review)
Unit 3: Lesson 2 The Trip of Le Horla
Unit 3: Lesson 3 The Sacred Turtles of Kadavu
Unit 4: Lesson 2 Character of Serang
Unit 4: Lesson 3 The Wreck of the Titanic(Review)
Unit 5: Lesson 1 Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov-Review
Unit 5: Lesson 1 Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov-Character Sketch
Unit 5: Lesson 3 Going out for a Walk - Activity 3-Speech
Plus Two English Focus Area 2021
Class 12 English Notes based on SCERT focus area 2021 by Team Hsslive
Class 12 English Notes based on SCERT focus area 2021 by Malappuram District Panchayath
Plus Two English Notes
Unit 1: Chapter 1 The 3 L's of Empowerment
Unit 1: Chapter 1 The 3 L's of Empowerment-Video Class by Remadevi M.P
Unit 1-Lesson 2 Any Woman Prepared by Vidya
Unit 1: Lesson 2 Any Woman-Notes by Ananthi.M
Unit 1: Lesson 2 Any Woman-Video Class by Remadevi M P
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Character Sketch of Nomita
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Character Sketch of Nomita's Mother(Reena Mathai)
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Character Sketch of Ajit
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Activity II Panel Discussion
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Video Class by Remadevi M P(Part 1)
Unit 1: Lesson 3 Match Box-Video Class by Remadevi M P(Part 2)
Unit 1: Lesson 4 Horegallu-Video Class by Remadevi M P
Unit 2: Lesson 1 Mending Wall-Review of the Poem
Unit 2: Lesson 1 Mending Wall-Video Class by Remadevi M P
Unit 2: Lesson 3 The Hour of Truth -Character Sketch of Baldwin
Unit 2: Lesson 3 The Hour of Truth - Activity 4-Corruption curtails Development of Nation
Unit 3: Lesson 1 A Three Wheeled Revolution -Activity 1-Email
Unit 3: Lesson 1 A Three Wheeled Revolution -Entrepreneurship(Reena Mathai)
Unit 3: Lesson 2 DIDI -Activity 1 -Job Application
Unit 3: Lesson 3 Stammer-A reading
Unit 3: Lesson 3 Stammer-Review
Unit 3: Lesson 3 Stammer-Review in Malayalam
Unit 4: Lesson 1 When a Sapling is Planted-Activity 1-Speech
Unit 4: Lesson 2 Rice - Activity 2 & 3
Unit 5: Lesson 1 Post Early for Christmas -Review
Unit 5: Lesson 2 This is going to Hurt just a little bit- Review
Unit 5: Lesson 3 Crime and Punishment - Review
Unit 5: Lesson 3 Crime and Punishment -Importance or role of Teacher-Student  Relationship(Ananthi.M)
Kaithang Short Notes
Plus Two(XII) English- Quick Notes(Kaithang) by Pathanamthitta District Panchayath
Plus Two English Exam Tips
Plus Two(XII) English- Points to remember Prepared by Ananthi.M
Plus One/Plus Two English Question Paper
Plus One Model Question Paper(Unit 1)
Plus One Model Question Paper by SCERT
Plus One Probable Questions
Plus Two Probable Questions
Plus Two Model Question Paper-1 by Ananthi.M Question Paper | Answer Key
Plus Two Model Question Paper-2 Question Paper | Answer Key(Ananthi) | Answer Key(Reena Mathai)
Plus Two Question Paper-3 Question Paper | Answer Key(Reena Mathai)
Plus Two Model Question Paper by SCERT
Solved SCERT Question Paper(Plus Two)
Higher Secondary Previous Question Papers
Higher Secondary Plus Two Question Bank Edumate by SCERT
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Scheme of work
Plus Two Teacher Text by SCERT
Plus Two Text Book by SCERT
Plus One Text Book by SCERT
Plus One Teacher Text Book by SCERT
Tips for writing Higher Secondary English Examination
Plus Two English Exam Tips(Video)
Plus One Question Bank by VHSE Career Guidance Cell
Plus Two Question Bank by VHSE Career Guidance Cell
Plus One/Plus Two English Quick Notes by Malappuram District Panchyath
Plus Two English Focus Area based Quick Notes 2021

Higher Secondary Second Year(Plus Two) English Exam Tips

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Planning and preparation should go together. Like all other subjects, language paper also should be done in a systematic way to enhance one’s performance.

Apart from reading each chapter between lines in the text book, types of questions and score should be kept in mind. Grammar must be practiced at the application level. Format, organization of ideas, content area for each topic, style of presentation, language etc are of paramount importance in language exam.
The students should know that, core ideas in each chapter along with general notions have to be conveyed as required. Simply beating around the bush like answers ought to be avoided while answering questions in language. Matter and manner ( what and How ) must be the central key of each answer as they are the major elements inviting one’s attention for giving optimum score. Poems must be read well for appreciation level questions. Also, general reading in connection with text would lend a helping hand in language exam.
Focusing these points, Smt. Reena Mathai, HSST English, Govt Higher Secondary School, Pirappancodu, Trivandrum gives a video class to perform the best in English exam for the Second year Higher Secondary students. Click the link to watch the visual presentation.
Use headphones for better and clearer hearing experience. Inconvenience is regretted.
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Plus Two English Study Notes
Plus Two Model Answer Sheet

Follow the English Model Answer Sheet, Glow and Score High in Exam

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 / 9 Comments
The real success of an exam depends more on how we perform than on how we prepare. Hence, along with preparation, certain things should be kept in mind especially in languages. Value points depend upon the nature of question and its expected aspects from the learner. Usually, format, content, organization of ideas, presentation, use of appropriate language elements are of primary focus.

Students may lose their score while they answer in a random way, just skipping off what is required. So, they must know that they have to ‘answer to the question instead answer the question’. Idea should be conveyed briefly but clearly by using correct choice of words.

A model answer sheet of Higher Secondary Second Year, Second term English examination is given here. If the students go through it, they may get a crystal clear view on what is expected from the students for getting the optimum score. 

This typical answer sheet was prepared by Smt. Reena Mathai, HSST English, Govt HSS, Pirappancodu, Thiruvananthapuram aiming to provide the students a model to follow as one’s answer sheet presents one’s capabilities and subject knowledge. Click the link below for the model answer sheet of Higher secondary second year English examination.
Model Answer Paper
Plus Two English Question Paper(Term II, December 2018)
Plus Two English Model Answer Sheet for Term II Question Paper(December 2018) Prepared by Reena Mathai
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Higher Secondary English Exam Tips for Students

Thursday, March 1, 2018 / 38 Comments
While entering exam hall, ‘be tension free’, Feel relaxed and fill the facing sheet carefully.
Should feel –You have prepared well so will write everything.

Make use of the cool off time to read questions carefully and understand well.
Recollect what you studied to answer and plan it by setting time for each question in the cool off time itself. Answer questions from the best you know, to the worst (easy to difficult order)
Good hand writing is always impressive.
Avoid copying the questions on the answer sheet.

Avoid using abbreviated expressions (eg: b/w, u ,@ etc).
Don’t forget to attempt all questions.

Divide your exam time to answer according to the scores. (It would be better to take 9 mts for 5 mark question, 11 mts for 6 marks, 13mts for 7 marks like wise…and it can vary/depending upon your subject knowledge)

Don’t simply answer but answer to the question.
For eg: Proper answer for 5 mark question be of half page, for 7 mark it should be one page.

In language exam, format, language, organization of ideas, content, style of expression matter much.
You should also remember that more than the quantity, the quality of your answer be focused.

Points to remember while answering questions in Higher secondary English exam


1. While answering fill in blanks like questions

Write the right answer after finding answer to all the blanks given, to avoid the possibility of mistakes or repetition. Write down the answer only or underline the particular word (answer) if you write the complete paragraph.


2. Report Writing

Heading must be given. First paragraph should be just the explanation of the heading. Describe the matter in the second and third paragraphs. There should be a proper ending showing the position of the matter described. Past tense must be used. A good report should answer 5ws and 1h (what, why, when, where,who or whom and how). Never express your personal views or emotions while describing matter as it should be objective.

3. Precis Writing

Make atleast two readings and remember the main points focused. Give a suitable heading. Avoid less important or supporting points. Summarize the core points in your own words.

4. Debate

Should make clear whether to write for or against the topic. Stick on to the side . Express clearly without any ambiguity.

5. Discussions/Panel Discussions

After salutation (eg: dear friends), put forth your views. Here you are free to express your points not bothering the counter points on the topic.

6. Character Sketch

Introduce the character, story, author, theme etc. Then talk about the role played by the character, physical appearance and highlight his or her attitude and part in the story etc. generalize your views on the character.

7. Article /Feature Article/Essay

Heading should be given. Start with a brief introduction. Write in depth in the next paragraph.

8. Profile Writing

Catchy title is preferable. Introduce the person. Write the other details given in chronological order (birth, childhood, school and college education, career/dream, problems and achievements, family life, death (depends)). Avoid extra info if you are not thorough about it.

9. E-mail

Salutation be given, begin with the purpose and details in the next para. Don’t put signature here but just write name.


10. Informal Letter

Address without name in the right top is preferred. Salutation be given. Good letter usually has three paragraphs. General queries in the first paragraph, details in the second and last para should form a conclusion. Signature and name below and date on left be given. Slight changes possible here.

11. Formal Letter

From address, date, To address, salutation, subject and begin the first paragraph with purpose of the letter. Elaborate the matter in the next paragraph and conclude reminding the purpose and requesting for further steps if any. Signature and name below be written. Better use ‘Yours sincerely’.

12. Speech

Addressing audience, wishing them, and introducing the purpose of speech should be in the beginning. Then detailed speech on the topic can be done. Here illustrations and quotations be given. Speech should be persuasive. Stress the point that you would like to insist while concluding and thank them.

13. Interview

Apt questions be asked. Questions of general enquiry (how are you/how old are you) be avoided. Statements followed by interrogations are accepted.

14. Application Letter

Formal letter format can be adopted. First para should give the details of the advt, post applied for etc. qualification and experience be written in the second paragraph. Last para should conclude with assertion or promise. An application letter should accompany CV. Better start writing CV in a fresh page. CV should be brief but clear carrying necessary information.

15. Review

Read 2 or 3 times. Then write the general theme or idea of the poem. Summarize the points or plot. Then write other features like – suitability of title, style,language,diction,speaker,figures of speech used, rhyme scheme,lines you like and why etc.

Higher Secondary Plus One/Plus Two English Study Notes

To help the students’ preparation for their Higher Secondary examination, English study notes and sample question papers are available here. Click here to download Higher secondary plus one/Plus two English study notes.  
Before exam, prepare the best, expect the worst;
During exam, think about the test, write the best;
After exam, never discuss, ever focus.
Wish you all a great success!!!
Ananthi M, HSST English, Perumbalam, Alappuzha
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