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Reading Comprehension

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading

Available across multiple grade levels, this workout helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences. Levels 1 and 2 each contain 66 passages divided into 3 units of progressive difficulty about history and culture, music and the arts, entertainment and recreation, and more.

Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8


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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.
  • Passage development questions require logical inferencing.  
  • Unique extension challenges in two-sentence summaries. 
  • Specific craft questions based on each non-fiction passage.


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