The goal with readers at the 10th grade level is to encourage them to use their own background and experiences to connect with literature. We ask them to look deeply to attempt to interpret what the author was trying to accomplish whether it be through the characters or the basic premise of the story or event that they are discovering. We ask readers to take their time and outline, skim, and note take as the works are much lengthy than previous grades. Students often start to see classical works of literature at this level and teachers work to help the readers connect those stories and lessons taught to their modern lives. When it comes to opinion pieces teachers strive to help students spot faulty arguments that are based on facts or clear inferences. Students are asked to be able to decipher tone, mood, context, and language in a logical manner. The main theme that seems to come up often, at this grade level, is focused on making sure students can cite reference that they found themselves. This is a critical skill in life that should follow students into college and eventually into their everyday work day. The series also focuses on helping students understand the central theme of the work and the cumulative impact of the tone of a body of work.
These worksheets will provide students with lengthy bodies of work to examine and understand. The questions that are posed to them are meant to incite a deeper sense of understanding behind the purpose of the work. 10th grade students will also get an opportunity to discover some classic excerpts from literature of the past. You will find that their ability to succeed with the questions will improve greatly when they are discussed in a class setting. Before you complete all the worksheets below, make sure that you have mastered the previous grade level and then come back to this section. We often see spiral analyses skills between the early High School years.