9th - 10th Grade Reading: Informational Text

For ninth and tenth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a non-fiction text. The standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, ninth and tenth graders will be asked to: support a textual analysis with direct textual evidence and explicit inferences, determine the theme of a text and how it develops within the text, be able to give an objective summary of a text, begin to evaluate the strength of argument, reasoning and supporting evidence within a text, be able to assess the appropriate use of various media to convey the meaning of information being conveyed, analyze important documents from United States history including Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's ""Letter from Birmingham Jail"" and determine their relationship in theme and content, read text appropriate to grade level while increasing in the level of text complexity throughout the year.

Charles Dickens Visits America

In 1842 Charles Dickens was probably the most famous English language author in the world. In this year he visited America. Students read about the trip and answer the questions.

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Staying organized can be difficult, especially when you are trying to keep your writing and ideas well organized. With this printable Main Idea Graphic Organizer, students can keep their thoughts and ideas organized and separated based on their order of importance.

Organize the Main Idea

Help your students learn how to better organize their ideas with this Main Idea Organizer. Students will be asked to come up with a title, write a main idea, and support the main idea with three written details. In order to excel at writing, it is important to learn how to construct paragraphs in a way that is easy for the reader to understand the argument.

Abigail Adams: Persuading Her Husband

Go behind the scenes of the Continental Congress with this point of view worksheet on Abigail Adam’s letter to her husband, John.

Find the Meaning: JFK’s Inaugural Speech

In this worksheet, your student will determine the meaning of some phrases in President Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech.

Two Viewpoints: Lee Surrenders to Grant, 1865

In this worksheet, your student will compare the writings of Ulysses S. Grant with a painting of the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court House.

Using Inference in Writing

Your student will take the next step in understanding inference in this writing worksheet.