This group of worksheets is set to prepare your Sophomore students for reading skills that pay attention to extra details.

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.

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THE GHOST IN CHAINS Reading Passage

In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, shortly after arriving home for the evening, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley. Read the passage. Then answer the questions.

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Second Page of Passage

This offers a very vivid description of what is happening in the work.

Third Page of Reading Passage

At this point the ghost becomes a little off balance.

4th Page of Passage

We learn about what incessantly tortures Jacob Marley.

5th Page of Passage

We learn what Marley say was his business.

Questions Sheet For Ghost Passage

As the ghost leaves and Scrooge looks out after him, how does he see the world?

Famous Paintings of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most well-known figures of the Italian Renaissance. In fact, adept as a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, engineer, and draftsman, da Vinci epitomizes the "Renaissance man." His artistic work was informed by his scientific studies and keen observations of nature.

Leonardo da Vinci Questions Sheet

How many of da Vinci’s paintings are known today? What is a Renaissance Man? How does da Vinci qualify?

The Bear

The passage is from a book called My Summer in the Sierra by John Muir, a record of his journey into the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1869. Read the passage. Then answer the questions.

The Bear Question Sheet

What does the author mean when he says he "paid the bear a visit?"

The Bear Extended Question Sheet and Reflection

This is a sheet that allows teachers to offer students a final essay question of their choice.

The French Revolution

The French Revolution was a pivotal ten-year-long period in European history that ended with the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this time, the country of France was completely remade, doing away with absolute monarchy and the feudal system and paving the way for democracy.

French Revolution Question Sheet

What did the French Revolution begin and end at the same time.

French Revolution Stacked Question Sheet

What influenced the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen?

Connecticut Yankee Page 2

Another solid passage for you.

Connecticut Yankee Page 3 and Questions

How does the stranger describe his character? Why do you think that this information is going to be important to his story?

Ending Questions

When he awakens, there is someone standing over him. What does this person want him to do?

THE CHALLENGES OF FOOD SECURITY

Since 1948, food security has been considered a basic human right. In 2011, as much as 16% of the population of the earth was still going hungry. The earth's population is expected to grow from approximately 7 billion today to 8.3 billion in 2030, and to 9.1 billion in 2050.

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

What is problematic about the 2010 UN General Assembly declaration that access to clean drinking water is a human right?

Mushrooms

A passage from From Among the Mushrooms.

From Among the Mushrooms Question Sheet

In which period did fungi flourish? How do we know that fungi existed in early geologic ages?

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a classic dystopian novel, and like all dystopian novels, it shares certain conventions and obligatory scenes - things that have to happen in order for the novel to be considered dystopian.

Fahrenheit 451 Question Sheet

2. The discovery of the missing value, combined with awareness of the other place, combine to make the protagonist see their world through different eyes, and want something different from the life they have in the dystopia.

The Tyger

A very interest poem for you to breathe in.

Poem Analysis

This poem uses the details of the tyger to evoke larger, more abstract questions in the reader. Think about the poem. What do you think it is saying about the world? What larger questions does it provoke you to ask?

The Fox Who Ate His Feet

Based on the old fable.

The Foxy Question Sheet

The fox originally thinks that it is safe to steal the farmer's chickens. Why does he change his mind?

Insects

An Elementary Study of Insects by Leonard Haseman

Insect Question Sheet

How do the internal organs of insects compare to those of other animals?

Copyright Basics

Once the U.S. Copyright Office receives your application, it can take up to eight months before you receive your official legal paperwork identifying you as the copyright owner for your work if you filed online. If you mail in paper forms, it can take up to thirteen months.

Copyright Question Service

How long does a copyright protect your work? When do you need to apply for a new copyright?

The Dog-headed Ape

From Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life by E. A. Wallis Budge

COMPREHENSION QUESTION Sheet

What does the author speculate about the relationship between the Egyptian gods and the gods of prehistoric man?

What is the Public Domain?

An original creative work becomes "public domain" when the copyright on the work expires. If the work is not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, then the copyright lasts for 95 years from the date of publication, or 120 years from the date of creation, whichever comes first. If you do register the work, the copyright term is the length of your own life, plus an additional 70 years.

Question Sheet

Why do you think that publishers publish and sell writing that is in the public domain when the same material is available for free?

Humpback Whales Page 1

Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska, by United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission

Humpback Whales Page 2

This was a 1980 look at the creatures.

Humpback Whales Page 3

There is a great difference of how these whales are viewed from culture to culture.

Question Sheet

In what year did the International Whaling Commission impose a worldwide ban on the taking of humpback whales?