High School Reading Lesson - 9th Grade

This 9th grade reading plan focuses on American History, poetry, and the 20th century. See the other high school grade plans for other ideas. Don't forget this site's Search Feature to find many others suited for high school readers. Click on the title for more details about each book.


History of the English Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill
A splendid account of the English and her colonies from the days of the Roman Empire through the Victorian era. Churchill, the quintessential Englishman tells his people's story as only he can. Accessible at a 9th grade level and beyond. Kings, wars, bishops, and navy - must reading.

A Basic History of the United States by Clarence B. Carson
6 volume set. Carson covers the basic flow of U.S. history in concise chapters. Well organized, recommended to use as a text students can read and then outline to see the big picture. Reading level is about 9th grade.

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Powerfully effective and influential in Smith's day, it remains the classic description of free enterprise and capitalism. Parts are tedious, but read selectively, you'll gain great insight into the thoughts that helped shape America and modern Western Europe.

Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
A brilliant account of the man at the center of Colonial New England. America's foremost theologian portrayed as he was - much more than a Sunday morning preacher. Read this to understand the forces shaping pre-revolutionary America from 1720-1760.

Democracy in America by De Tocqueville
It took the foreign perspective of France's DeTocqueville to give America her definitive account of her first 50 years as a nation. DeTocqueville's observations and questions about America's future remain timely almost 200 years later. A true classic for American History study.

The Law by Frederic Bastiat
Written in the mid 1800's to combat the foolishness of controlled markets and socialism then taking Europe by storm. Timeless wisdom we must hear and heed in this age of bureaucracy run wild.

The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson proved that brevity can be beautiful. Only now is her complete oeuvre--all 1,775 poems--available in its original form,...

The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
From the author of Chronicles of Narnia, a science fiction masterpiece comprised of Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Following Ransom's adventures on Mars, Venus, and Earth.

The Great Physicists: Galileo to Einstein by George Gamow
If math, science, or technology interest you, you'll love Gamow's account of how the most important scientific discoveries were uncovered and developed. Readable from 8th grade up and interesting to all ages.