Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades

Helps secondary and higher-ed students improve reading comprehension online!

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading
Immediate feedback for students. Built-in tracking for teachers and tutors. (click to expand)

Designed for learners at a 8th through 11th grade equivalent reading level, the software can also be used by English language learners, learning disabled pupils, and remedial readers.

Students receive hands-on practice in using basic reading improvement strategies that sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences.

Assessments place students at suitable levels of challenge.   Context-clues support students while they work.  Students advance as they demonstrate readiness.

Scores and progress are automatically tracked in an Online Portfolio.


Inspires Enthusiasm

A structured and supportive environment that lets all learners experience success.

Enhances Interaction

Instructors can quickly discover individual areas of concern and be able do something about them.

Streamlines Learning

Built-in explanations and immediate feedback help students overcome obstacles while they work.

Automatic Tracking

Teachers can monitor pupil progress and work through easy-to-use management tools.

“Great for students who want more vocabulary practice and practice identifying main ideas.”

Lehman College

Bronx, NY

Concepts Covered

Designed for English language learners and older students, including secondary grades.

Self-paced and self-advancing; moves students ahead as they demonstrate readiness.

Pupils receive immediate, personal help throughout.

Teachers can monitor pupils’ progress and time-on-task through an easy-to-use online portfolio.

Each level contains 60 passages and more than 600 questions divided into 3 units of escalating difficulty.

Students will …

  • Determine the main idea of a text and select a logical sentence to introduce or complete it, or choose an appropriate title to identify it.
  • Identify the sequence of details in a text and select an additional supporting sentence that would logically fit in.
  • Draw an inference by recognizing information learned from the text that is not actually stated.
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using other words or phrases in the text as clues.

Additional Resources

Teaching Tips

Implementation ideas from a wide array of students and educators who have worked with Merit’s online learning tools.

Program Guides

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Student Tracking and Management

All Merit online learning programs include FREE tools to track and monitor student progress and usage.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades Demo

Full-working sample, no login required. Works with all major browsers. Best viewed on a laptop, desktop, tablet. 

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Level 3:Reading skill levels 8.5 – 9.5


Purchasing Options

Starting at $49 for 3 months access, plus free tracking.  Backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.  Buy online to start immediately.

Pricing from $9 to $13 per user for 30 or more students.  See school price list.  Learn about pilots. Get a quote.

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