PARCC is just a new name for an old concept: assessment of reading and writing. Regardless of the test name, if students are not engaged in the material used to prepare for the assessment, all is for naught. Therefore, the passages and questions in my book are thoroughly engaging and motivational. How do I know? I used them for years in classrooms across the state of New Jersey before reformatting them to PARCC. All questions are professionally written cover the skills included in the Common Core.