Kick off your high school reading career with these 9th Grade reading sheets.

One of the many anchor standards we see often asks students to examine passages for evidence that supports a hypothesis or major thought. While students are new to the High School setting as Freshman, this is the first step students take to prepare themselves for college. To have a level of reading comprehension that keeps students at the national average they should be fluent readers with a decent vocabulary and understanding of grammar mechanics and syntax. What sets students apart at this level is depth of vocabulary and having the ability to infer what they are reading. We will find some students who have fallen through the cracks. The best way to catch up these readers is to have them read often and discuss what they are reading actively.

These worksheets look to address this standard pretty thoroughly. Characters of stories are often deeply analyzed and you will find two sets of sheets here that address that as well. Please pay attention to directions of each sheet as they may look similar, but ask you to do something completely differently. We also have a few worksheets that will focus on external literature. These are the big titles that most schools always assign. As students enter high school their reading endurance begins to be tested. Gone are the days of the several paragraph long passages. This begin to become frustrate students who don’t realize quickly that whether you are reading four paragraphs or four pages your approach should be relatively the same.

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Printable 9th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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Adderall Abuse Reading Passage

Explain why college students are abusing Adderall.

Eleanor Roosevelt on Fear Reading

Known for her political activism, she was an outspoken first lady who made frequent public appearances.

Eleanor Roosevelt on Fear Questions

Read the quotation above from Eleanor Roosevelt. Discuss its relevance to the passage that you just read. What event from Eleanor’s own life illustrates her position on dealing with fear?

Heathcliff and Catherine Reading

The passage below is from a book called Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Read the passage. Then answer the questions.

Heathcliff and Catherine Page 2

After having dug up her grave and seeing her body, Heathcliff says that he is "pacified—a little." Why is he pacified? What was he seeking peace from?

The Crisis Reading

From The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

England and France

Excerpted from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

England and France Worksheet

What historical period is this novel going to be about? Support your answer with text evidence.

Disappointment Worksheet

What does the speaker mean by saying that the days wear us down in ambition?

Bingley Reading Comprehension

A story of confidence and lawless nature.

Bingley Page 2

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bingley Questions

Of the three characters mentioned in this passage, which one is of the opinion that "a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife?"

Lord of the Flies Comprehension Questions

Make inferences to answer each of the following questions. Support your answers with text evidence.

Lord of the Flies Part 2

Why doesn't Ralph want to leave Piggy alone at night with the littleuns?

Out, Out Reading Passage

A masterpiece by Frost.

Out, Out Questions

"Out, out" is a reference to Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Explain the reference.

Laughter as a Weapon

Think of a subject in your world which would be a good subject for satire.

Man's Nature Reading Passage

From The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Man's Nature Questions

Can you identify with Dr. Jekyll’s feelings? Why or why not?

John Steinbeck

To please his parents, Steinbeck enrolled at Stanford University. Unsuited to college life, he came and went for six years before finally abandoning college for good in 1925.

An Inventory Reading Passage

From Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

An Inventory Questions

Why do the Lilliputians think that it is a god?

Macy's Plans Reading

I had received hundreds of letter from Macy over the years. This one was much different.

Macy's Plans Questions

Do you think that Macy got along with her mother?