8th grade

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

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8th grade worksheets instructions

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8th grade teaching tips

Readers in eighth-grade classrooms should have the skills to analyze how paragraphs are structured. Specifically, they need to be able to identify how sentence structure is used to present a concept in a reading. Likewise, readers are encouraged to learn how lines of dialogue in a literary piece help create the story of the character. Use the following activities to foster the growth of these particular abilities. Some of these activities will require additional content on top of the 8th-grade worksheets offered below.

Sentence Analysis

To help students master the art of understanding sentence structure, make a game out of identifying parts of speech. Present a sentence to the reader and ask them to identify specific features, like subjects, predicates, clauses, and so forth. Points can be assigned for each correct answer, with a specific number of points garnering a prize.

Literature Circle

A literature circle is a small group activity in which readers discuss specific passages of a literary piece. Students are asked to read the passage ahead of time and mark dialogue that they feel speaks the most to who the character is. Then, in their small group circles, students share their selected dialogue and explain why they think it is indicative of the character’s development.

Literary Terms Jeopardy

This game is modeled after the well-known game show and asks students various questions about literary terms. Questions can cover a range of topics, from literary devices and parts of speech to story elements and figurative language.

 

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8th grade worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 8th grade level.

Three Branches

Topic

Three Branches

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Identifying the main topic and key ideas,Identifying the author’s point of view,Cause and effect comprehension,Facts vs. opinions inference

The Carnivorous Plant Exhibit

Topic

The Carnivorous Plant Exhibit

Num of questions

9

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

Renovation Estimates

Topic

Renovation Estimates

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Cause and effect comprehension

Pickleball

Topic

Pickleball

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying intent and conclusions

Lost

Topic

Lost

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Summarizing.

Grocery Store or Farmers Market

Topic

Grocery Store or Farmers Market

Num of questions

9

Types of questions

Facts vs. opinions inference, Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas,Identifying the author’s point of view

Flower Power

Topic

Flower Power

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

Dog Tricks

Topic

Dog Tricks

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Allergic to Dogs

Topic

Allergic to Dogs

Num of questions

9

Types of questions

Identifying a problem and solution described in the text,Facts vs. opinions inference, Identifying intent and conclusions, Central message

A Perfect Muffin

Topic

A perfect Muffin

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Identifying intent and conclusions, Central message