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Reading Comprehension, 10th Grade

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  • Building vocabulary
  • Practicing deduction and inferencing
  • Promoting deeper understanding of the text

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Sample 10th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Below is a free sample worksheet from our 10th grade Reading Comprehension curriculum. It is only one of many worksheets that are automatically assigned to students in this grade level based on their Assessment Test results and their progress through our curriculum. Each worksheet is designed to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. We recommend students do at least 3 worksheets per week, though you can complete as many as you want using the MINDsprinting system.

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Lesson RC 10-8 - Parrots

The Gray Parrot, whose home is Africa, Madagascar and New Guinea, is the prime favorite of all whose hearts go out to the parrot, as they are the best talkers. It is unfortunate that they usually live alone when they are captured, for their nature is to live in flocks. Although they have single nests, in case of an attack by an enemy too strong for a single pair, the whole clan unites in battle array, and woe to an intruder. In the wild, they live entirely on fruits and palm nuts. It is the males which talk the most but the females which talk most distinctly.

Misdirected kindness is often the cause of their demise in captivity. Well- meaning owners who do not understand the needs of their pet parrots do not provide them with enough water, deny them the pieces of wood they love to nibble, feed them on fats and table scraps which are fatal to their digestion, and do not supply sharp grit in their rations. With proper care however, these magnificent creatures live in houses for threescore years and more and are sources for marvel and amusement.

Among the jolliest small members of the family are the Love Birds which come from Africa, the East Indies or South America. These small parrots have a stumpy body and a short tail and are common in many aviaries where parrots find lodging. They got their name from the affection they display toward one another and also from the fact that if one of a tame pair dies, the other generally declines in health and sinks into an early grave - thought to be dead of blighted affection. The truth is different, yet sad: the disease which has killed the first is generally implanted in the second also. His little lease on life beyond that of the mate is simply proof that the stronger of the two has survived.

Even greater favorites than the lovebirds are the Budgerigars, though they are sometimes called Love Birds also. Their long tails make them look quite large, but in reality they have bodies no bigger than that of an average canary. They are Australian birds, accustomed to a summer which occurs when winter is in the northern hemisphere. The consequence is startling when they first come to North America. They will nest in the winter around Christmas, and have their first five young when snow lies three inches deep on the ground. Yet they usually thrive, and are seldom sick or unhappy except on first nights out of the nest.

Another unusual parrot is the Hanging Parrot, so named because when it rests, it has the quaint habit of suspending itself upside down and sleeping with its head where we should expect its feet to be. The hanging parrots eat honey, flower-buds and tender shoots but they also frequent pots set to catch palm-juice. This has an intoxicating effect on the pilferers so that they are often caught before they recover their senses. Even at the best of times, they are sleepy little fellows and we must view their practices with suspicion.

Another species in this Parrot Family is the Kakapo or Owl-parrot. Like the ostrich and the penguin, it has lost the power to fly. This ancient, flightless bird is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It is the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 8 pounds. It has lived in a New Zealand paradise where there were no dangerous mammals until man arrived with the dog, the rat and the cat. Although this bird retains wings, its great breastbone, to which the huge muscles of flight must anchor, is wasted to half its proper size, and the Kakapo can never again be a true flier. In quiet glades it may show itself by day, but usually it is driven to feed by night, running up and down trees, foraging among the grass, never returning to anything nearer true flight than a flop downward from bough to bough or from tree to ground. Pigs and dogs and other animals, to say nothing of human gourmands, have eaten the greater part of the myriads which once roamed in company with the giant moa. Unless man saves them, the remaining 62 errant birds of this species will perish utterly within a generation.

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1. Gray Parrots are a favorite among many people because

a. they are the best talkers
b. they are the most intelligent
c. they live the longest

2. The most common cause of death for parrots in captivity is

a. old age
b. cats
c. improper care

3. When a Love Bird dies, its mate dies soon after because

a. of a broken heart
b. it has contracted the disease that killed the first one
c. they were the same age

4. Hanging Parrots will become intoxicated on

a. honey
b. palm juice
c. flower buds

5. The Kakapo is unusual because

a. it cannot fly
b. it cannot talk
c. it sleeps hanging upside-down

6. Threescore years is

a. 15 years
b. 30 years
c. 60 years

7. In paragraph five, the word quaint means

a. old and antique
b. curiously odd
c. a tremendous agitation

8. In paragraph six, the word errant means

a. a "mistake" in Nature
b. traveling in search of adventure
c. straying from the accepted course or standard

9. The main point of this story is to

a. emphasize the variety in parrots
b. encourage people to adopt parrots
c. discourage people from adopting parrots

10. This story suggests that in order to protect and care for parrots we must

a. petition governments
b. hire more veterinarians
c. understand their habits and habitat

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