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What grades 5-8 student doesn’t love a fun brainteaser mystery to get their brain cells zinging? Two high interest mystery comprehension passages will intrigue your grade Middle School students, and the questions that follow each story will hone their close reading and inference skills. The exploits of Lazy Luke and of Charming Charlee are followed by questions that challenge students to delve into essential parts of their literary toolbox, such as character analysis, author’s purpose, and working out the use of vocabulary and figurative language in context. A variety of formats are used to assess their understanding, including 15 multiple choice questions, 5 mix and match, and 15 true and false questions. The multiple choice questions resemble those asked on many state tests and thus will make fun test prep. Full answer keys are included. Both stories have a paragraph question, a rubric, and a model paragraph response. The resource ends with a page of quickie riddles for students to puzzle over, and a page of jokes whose questions have been separated from their punchlines; students must reunite them. They will have so much fun and so many chuckles that they will not realize they are learning! This resource is part of a 50% off reading comprehension bundle: 50% OFF READING COMPREHENSION BIG BARGAIN BUNDLE

Table of contents Pages

Lazy Luke’s Double Fail (story) 1-2

Literary terms definitions 2

Mystery questions 3

Multiple choice questions 3-5

Paragraph question 6

Paragraph rubric 7

Answers to “Lazy Luke” questions 8

Charming Charlee Gets Caught (story) 9-11

Mystery questions 12

Mix and match & true and false questions 12

Paragraph question 13

Paragraph rubric 14

Answers to “Charming Charlee” questions 15

Riddles 16

Jokes mix and match 17

Answers to riddles and jokes 18

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There are also five other mini-mysteries in ELA Games Grades 5-8
Punctuation mentor sentences and exercises using JOKES will make grammar classes fun! Students will laugh their way to accuracy. PUNCTUATION DIALOGUE PRESENTATION & EXERCISES USING JOKES

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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