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Grade 8 Short Stories Worksheets - Original Stories and Public Texts

Our collection of informational stories and other non-fiction texts combine high-interest reading passages with questions designed to build reading comprehension skills. Passage topics cover a range of subjects including animals, how-to, occupations, science, and sports. Questions cover a range of skills, including identifying main idea, determining the author's purpose, summarizing, making inferences, identifying cause/effect, analyzing text features, using context clues, and finding support in a passage. The high-interest passages will help get kids excited about reading, while the questions accompanying each passage will help kids improve their reading comprehension skills.

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Passage Name Grade Lexile Word Count Skill/Strategy Text Type
The Charge of the Light Brigade 8 710L 260 Poem Analysis Poetry
Irving, Texas 8 800L 252 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Queen of Hearts 8 890L 334 Multi-Skill Fiction
The Wreck of the Hesperus 8 906L 580 Poem Analysis Poetry
Muhammad Ali 8 960L 392 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Serena Williams 8 970L 259 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Down the Old Street 8 980L 435 Multi-Skill Fiction
Igloos 8 980L 154 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Weeds 8 1000L 535 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Looking at Mao Zedong 8 1010L 224 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Pandora's Box 8 1020L 214 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
Sleeping on the Space Station 8 1020L 470 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
E-Readers 8 1050L 224 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Spring Break 8 1050L 270 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Editing a Newspaper 8 1180L 576 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Washing and Dyeing Wool 8 1180L 560 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Table Etiquette 8 1200L 1079 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Underage Drinking 8 1220L 336 Multi-Skill Original, Informational