Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades


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

  • Each level contains 66 passages and over 600 questions
  • High interest non-fiction and fiction readings engage
  • Context-clues and multiple activities reinforce learning
  • Built-in tracking monitors pupils while they work

Designed for students at 8th through 11th grade reading level, the program can also be used by English language learners and adult students.

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Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades Series:

Level 3: Skill Levels 8.5 – 9.5
Level 4: Skill Levels 10.0 – 11.0

  • 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

Students will…

  • Determine 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.

Put Into Action


Developing Critical Thinking Skills Step-by-Step Guide
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Developing Critical Thinking Skills, Level 4:
Skill Levels 10.0 – 11.0

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Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades

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