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Reading Comprehension

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Upper Grades

For early high school, this workout helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills, make inferences, and interpret details. Contains 66 passages divided into 3 units of progressive difficulty about historical figures, famous personalities, nature and science, unusual facts, and more.

Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11


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  • Identify theme, central idea
  • Make logical inferences
  • Determine word meanings
  • Compare, contrast perspectives
  • Explain events, ideas, concepts
  • Helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences.
  • Questions focus students to determine main idea, comprehend logical development, make inferences, and read closely for details.
  • Feedback explains incorrect choices and rewards correct answers.
  • Each Developing Critical Thinking Skills level contains 66 passages divided into 3 units of progressive difficulty.
  • All units provide Vocabulary, Sequence, Inference, Main Idea, and Interpretation skill practice.
  • Crossword Puzzles keyed to the passages offer a challenge for the more advanced student.
  • Author’s perspective is compared & contrasted to similar ideas.
  • Main idea, sequence, and inference questions throughout.
  • Higher-order craft questions based on texts of increasing complexity.


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