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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!

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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