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9th grade

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

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– made especially for the ninth grade

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9th grade teaching tips

Ninth-grade readers are tasked with learning the difference between formal and informal tone. More specifically, students should be able to analyze how the author’s word choices impact the tone of the reading. Additionally, readers acquire skills related to differentiating between primary and secondary sources by examining things like the author’s point of view, the date the text was written, and the source of the information. Utilize the exercises below to advance these skills on top of twice-a-week practice with reading comprehension worksheets.

Writing Formal Letters

This activity asks students to write a formal letter to a person they admire, asking them to come to speak at their school. This exercise focuses on the use of formal language (i.e., complex sentences, avoiding the use of contractions) to help students identify how formal language differs from informal language. For example, students would write, “I would like to request that you come speak to students at my school about your experiences in the armed forces,” rather than “Hey, I’d love for you to come talk at my school.”

Thinking Like a Historian

Present students with a range of documents that discuss the same historical event. Then ask students to identify which documents were written at the time the event occurred and which were written after the fact. In doing so, students will learn one key element of primary sources – pieces that were written at the time the event occurred are primary while those written after the fact are secondary.

Examining Point of View

To understand how authors can have differing viewpoints on the same subject, ask students to analyze primary and secondary resources on the same topic from multiple authors. Specifically, encourage students to write down the differences they find in each account of the event. Then, use those differences as a springboard for a discussion of how people’s perceptions of the same event can be different both at the time the event occurs and as authors recount the event later on.

 

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9th grade worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 9th grade level.

The Best Seat

Topic

The Best Seat

Lexile level

980

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, Cause and effect comprehension

The Importance of Minerals

Topic

The Importance of Minerals

Lexile level

1020

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, Cause and effect comprehension

Taping and Bracing

Topic

Taping and Bracing

Lexile level

1180

Num of questions

9

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, Cause and effect comprehension

Latin as a second language

Topic

Latin as a second language

Lexile level

1070

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the author’s point of view, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Gold

Topic

Gold

Lexile level

1180

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the author’s point of view, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Fixed On Lincoln

Topic

Fixed On Lincoln

Lexile level

990

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Cause and effect comprehension.

Dividing Oceans

Topic

Dividing Oceans

Lexile level

1060

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Chores are Good

Topic

Chores are Good

Lexile level

1210

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying the main topic and key ideas,Central message.

Being bullied

Topic

Being bullied

Lexile level

1110

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying intent and conclusions, Summarizing.

Amazon Snakes!

Topic

Amazon Snakes!

Lexile level

1090

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Identifying the main topic and key ideas,Identifying the author’s point of view, lesson or moral.