These highly-effective, literature-based critical thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. This 192-page activity book is especially effective at helping underperforming students in Grades 6-12+ understand challenging critical reading concepts such as making inferences, drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, using context clues to define vocabulary, and making predictions and generalizations. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. Concepts and skills covered include: Literary Analysis Skills • Define vocabulary using context clues • Recognize figurative language • Identify main idea, supporting details, and theme • Recognize literary devices • Identify story elements: theme, plot, setting, and charactersReading Detective® Beginning includes the following genres:Award-Winning Literature Excerpts • The House on Mango Street • The Face on the Milk Carton • Sarny • River • Out of the Dust • Sing Down the Moon • Call of the Wild Stories and Articles • Mystery • Humor • History • AdventureNonfiction Topics • Science • Math • Geography • History • Biography • Inventions • Sports The Grades 6–12+ remedial (Rx) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill. Rx activities are "prescriptive" to help under-performing students in Grades 6–12+ improve their comprehension skills. Reading level is Grades 4–6; story content is Grades 6+.Teaching SupportIncludes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.