Offers direct instruction and practice of reading skills and strategies. Contains 150 original fiction and nonfiction passages with comprehension items to engage students in reading, thinking about, and responding to a variety of texts. Reproducible pages provide visual tools for students to help them apply skills to the passages they read. Because activities are presented in an exam format, students practice important test-taking skills while they strengthen comprehension. Grade 8 covers evaluating evidence; theme; character and setting; making inferences; cause and effect; sequence; making connections; organization; determining important information and more. 208 pages.See Inside!