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Short Informational Texts (Grade 9)

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An excerpt from "The Children's Morality Code"


1. I will control tongue, and will not allow it to speak mean, vulgar, or profane words. I will think before I speak. I will tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

2. I will control my temper, and will not get angry when people or things displease me. Even when indignant against wrong and contradicting falsehood, I will keep my self-control.

3. I will control my thoughts, and will not allow a foolish wish to spoil a wise purpose.

4. I will control my actions. I will be careful and thrifty, and insist on doing right.

5. I will not ridicule nor defile the character of another. I will keep my self-respect, and help others to keep theirs.
The purpose of "The Children's Morality Code" is to...
  1. Give children rules to follow
  2. Set forth a code of conduct for children
  3. Show children an example of model behavior
  4. All of the above
Based on the passage, what is self-control?

Which part of the Law of Self-Control does the following scenario pertain to?

Alisha hears a nasty rumor about her ex-best friend. She must decide whether or not to pass it on.
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  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
Which part of the Law of Self-Control does the following scenario pertain to?

Alisha hears a nasty rumor about her best friend. It makes her angry and she decides to lash out at the person who started the rumor.
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
The word INDIGNANT as used in the passage most likely means...
  1. annoyed
  2. feeling angry
  3. feeling happy
  4. not worthy
There are moments when the parents of a teen-ager say, or at least think, "Why don't you act your age?" But what age is the young adolescent to act? One minute he is twelve years old; the very next, he seems sixteen; and a moment later he crawls back into childish comfort. The betwixt-and-between junior-high-school pupil offers parents and teachers exciting challenge, for adults cannot guide seventh, eighth and ninth graders without growing themselves.

Neither "fish nor fowl," the junior-high-school pupil is caught between tender childishness and manly promise. During these years of change and unashamed enthusiasm, the young adolescent explores a million quandaries, test a hundred selves and questions tumbling values as he rapidly constructs others.
What detail does the author use to support why teenagers don't always act their age?
  1. Teenagers grow too rapidly to keep up with appropriate behaviors for each age.
  2. Teenagers are flighty and have trouble remembering important details.
  3. Teenagers try to act like their friends, not their ages.
  4. Teenagers should not have to listen to what their parents say.
What does the author mean when he says that adults cannot guide junior high kids without growing themselves?

What does the phrase "neither fish nor fowl" mean?

The word QUANDARIES most likely means...
  1. Difficult situations
  2. States of uncertainty
  3. Boundaries
  4. Various items not important enoguh to be mentioned individually
What is the main idea of this passage about teenagers?
  1. The junior high years are a very exciting time full of adventure.
  2. The junior high years are a very confusing time full of growth and trials.
  3. The junior high years are a period of self-confidence and understanding.
  4. The junior high years are short and will end quickly.

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