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8th Grade Reading Worksheets

8th grade students are a special bunch. They often behave as though they are too cool for school, yet they keep coming back. Ha ha. We love them. This page has all of my reading worksheets that were written at or around the 8th grade level. I've used this website to determine the reading scores, but you'll want to read and approve each of these worksheets before giving them to your students. I've worked hard to produce the following materials and make them available to you. I hope that these resources help your students reach your learning goals.

Only Include Worksheets Written at the 8th Grade Level Not Recommended
Include Worksheets Within 1 Grade Level (7th and 9th)
Include Worksheets Within 2 Grade Levels (6th through 10th) Recommended


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Reading Comprehension
Context Clues
Figurative Language
Genre
Main Idea
Point of View
Story Structure
Summarizing
Text Structure
Tone

Reading Comprehension Worksheets

“Gilray’s Flower-Pot” | By J.M. Barrie - Barrie, who is better known for creating Peter Pan, writes a whopper of a short story that highlights just how unreliable a narrator can be. This is a fun one to read out loud. View my readibility scores.
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“The Hydrophobic Skunk” | By Irvin S. Cobb - Cobb takes readers on a snipe hunt in this short, witty tale. Students should appreciate the humorous plot movements so much, that they may not even get hung up on the bits of dialect. View my readibility scores.
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“A Respectable Woman” | By Kate Chopin - The presence of a guest causes tension in a married woman’s home. Warning: this story deals with issues of infidelity, or at least the implications of such. View my readibility scores.
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“A Piece of Steak” | By Jack London - What is the difference between winning and losing? Sometimes, it can be less than you think. This is the story of an old boxer who cannot afford to lose his next fight. View my readibility scores.
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“The Son” | By Hermann Hesse - The story of a loving and patient dad who struggles with his restless and undisciplined son. View my readibility scores.
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Context Clues Worksheets

Context Clues 2.5 - This worksheet has another 12 context clues problems. Students determine the meanings of the bolded words based on the context, and then explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Context Clues 3.1 - This worksheet will help students sharpen their vocabulary skills with 12 challenging practice problems. Determine the meaning of challenging vocabulary words based on contextual clues and explain your answer. View my readibility scores.
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Context Clues 3.2 - This worksheet will give students practice with challenging vocabulary words. They will figure out what the words mean based on how they are used and then explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Context Clues 3.3 - This worksheet will give students even more practice with context clues. Students will determine the meanings of 12 more challenging vocabulary words and explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Context Clues 3.4 - This worksheet features another 12 tricky vocabulary words used in context-rich sentences. Students determine the meanings of the words and explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Figurative Language Worksheets

Figurative Language Poem | "The Grave" - This wry Robert Blair poems contains some great examples of personification and metaphor. Students read the poem and answer questions about figurative language and poetic techniques used in the poem. View my readibility scores.
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Figurative Language Poem | "X" and "XXI" - This figurative language worksheet focuses on two short poem excerpts from Emily Dickinson. These are great poems that promote literacy and also have a bunch of metaphors. Students read the poems and answer questions about figurative language and poetic techniques. View my readibility scores.
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Figurative Language Poem | "A Lady" - Amy Lowell's interesting poem focuses on an interaction between a young woman and an old woman. It contains metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and simile. Students read the poem and answer questions about figurative language techniques and poetic devices. View my readibility scores.
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Figurative Language Worksheet | Shakespeare - If you've never heard of William Shakespeare, he wrote sonnets and plays. Ha ha. Just joking. Of course you've heard of William Shakespeare. This four page worksheet has 23 figurative language examples taken from some of the master's texts. Students read each example, determine the technique being used, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Personification Worksheet 6 - This worksheet features another 10 examples of personification from classic poems. Students find the object or idea that is being personified in each example and then explain the quality or trait that is given. View my readibility scores.
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Personification Worksheet 7 - This worksheet features 10 more poetic examples of personification. Students identify what is being personified and then explain the human quality or trait that is given. View my readibility scores.
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Genre Worksheets

Genre Worksheet 3 - This worksheet contains another 8 problems that will help students master genre. Based on short descriptions of texts, students must determine the genre and subgenre of a variety of works. They also must explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Genre Worksheet 4 - This worksheet has 9 problems to help students become genre experts. Students read short descriptions of texts and determine the genre and subgenre based on textual details. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Genre Worksheet 6 - This worksheet has 8 short descriptions of texts. Students read these descriptions and determine the genre and subgenre of each text. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Genre Worksheet 9 - This worksheet has 9 more descriptions of texts. Students read each description and determine the genre and subgenre of the text. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores.
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Main Idea Worksheets

Main Idea, Text Structure, and Valentine's Day - This worksheet has six passages related to Valentine's Day. Students read the passages, interpret the main ideas, express the main ideas as a title, and represent the text structures using graphic organizers. View my readibility scores.
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Main Idea and Text Structure Worksheet | Robots - Students read six paragraphs about robots and identify and express the main idea of each. Then they write a title for the passage that expresses the main idea of the text, and create a graphic organizer that represents the structure of text. View my readibility scores.
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Main Idea and Text Structure Worksheet | Bicycles - Students will have a "wheelie" good time completing this 6 question text structure and main idea worksheet. Students read each passage, identify and explain the main idea, create a title related to the main idea, and draw and use an appropriate graphic organizer to contain information from the text. View my readibility scores.
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Story Structure Worksheets

Story Structure Quiz | "Blood is Thicker" - Students read a short story about two sisters who learn to work together. Then they answer multiple-choice questions about the story structure. View my readibility scores.
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Story Structure Worksheet | "The Way of the World" - Students read a short story about an old-school businessman who must learn to adapt to the new world. Then they analyze the story structure and answer questions related to the plot. View my readibility scores.
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Summarizing

Summary and Main Idea with Trains - Students read four short passages related to trains. Then they summarize each passage and come up with a title related to the main idea of the passage. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure

Text Structure Worksheet 1 - This worksheet contains six passages, each structured using a different pattern of organization. Students read each passage, determine how it is structured, and add information from the passage into the appropriate graphic organizer. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Dinosaurs - This worksheet contains 6 passages about dinosaurs. Students determine the structure of each passage and put information from the text into an appropriate graphic organizer. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Natural Disasters - This worksheet has 11 passages about tornados, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Students determine the structure of each text and put information from the passage into the appropriate graphic organizer. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Pizza - This worksheet has 10 delicious passages about pizza. Students identify the structure of each text and then put information from the passage into an appropriate graphic organizer. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Twisters - This worksheet has 5 twister related passages. Students determine the structure of each text and then put information from each passage into an appropriate graphic organizer. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Fireworks - Students will have an explosive time completing this text structure worksheet. They read 11 passages about fireworks, determine the structure of each, and create a graphic organizer that contains important information from the passage. View my readibility scores.
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Text Structure Worksheet | Computers - Students read 10 paragraphs about computers and determine the text structure of each. Then they create and use a graphic organizer to visually represent the structure of the passage. View my readibility scores.
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Tone

Tone Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has another four emotive poems. Students identify the speaker's tone and support their answers by referring to the text. View my readibility scores.
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8th grade students are remarkable. What would the future of our world look like without them? It'd be a lot less bright. I hope this collection of worksheets and activities written at or around the 8th grade level will help you to better serve your students. I appreciate all comments, corrections, feedback, and suggestions. The easiest way to contact me is just to leave a comment below. Thanks for visiting!

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36 Comments

  1. Brooke

     /  September 7, 2017

    I cant find the long reponse answer :()

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     /  August 17, 2017

    Thank you so much… You made my preparation so easy… 🙂

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  3. Bill Bryant

     /  July 30, 2017

    Wow! I have been searching all over the internet for something like this. I am doing a jumpstart class for struggling students prior to the beginning of the school year and this is exactly what they need. Thank you.

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  4. Ahmed Khan

     /  June 5, 2017

    Where can i get a solution to these worksheets

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  5. Georgia

     /  March 21, 2017

    I think this site is fantastic and it’s easy to use 🙂 It’s nice that for the reading comprehension worksheets there are multiple choice and long response questions, as students need practice answering harder questions.

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  6. S. Reining

     /  February 21, 2017

    These are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much!!! A long-term substitute who has been struggling.

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  7. Bilal

     /  January 18, 2017

    Hi I really need a story about friendship as a reading comprehension for my grade 8 learners
    Thanks in advance

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  8. marry jane

     /  December 25, 2016

    can i have a worksheet of seat belts?please?

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  9. Dhruv

     /  September 22, 2016

    Where is the comprehension. Which. I can practice

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  10. Maria

     /  July 14, 2016

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  11. Norma Hernandez

     /  April 27, 2016

    Need some worksheets on Connotation/Denotation

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  12. Courtney Meger

     /  April 5, 2016

    Very helpful for me and my friends to learn more about language arts

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  13. Lori Reaves

     /  March 18, 2016

    I teach a nursing assistant course. I came across your very helpful site while looking for a way to determine incoming students’ reading comprehension level. What grade would they have to score to be considered competent at that grade level? Thanks!

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    • These worksheets shouldn’t really be used to evaluate a student’s reading level. Rather, they should be used with students whose reading levels are known. If you know that a student is reading at a 6th-10th grade level, these 8th grade worksheets are probably appropriate for him or her. I’m sorry that I currently have no diagnostic test available. Perhaps I will devise one someday. Best wishes!

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  14. lala

     /  February 4, 2016

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    • Yeah, this is an interesting situation.

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      I’m all for making it harder for cheaters,
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      Any one else have any thoughts on this?

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  15. Gwen

     /  January 9, 2016

    I just have to echo all the comments here. This is THE most helpful site I have ever found for teaching reading comprehension at a variety of levels. These are not boring and are not so extensive as to intimidate reluctant readers. You are an absolute life saver!!! Thank you!

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    • I appreciate your echoes. Thank you for visiting and I hope that I can continue to an asset to you in the coming years.

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  16. Theresa

     /  December 27, 2015

    AWESOME stuff here!!! I am excited to be able to use this material for my low level 9th graders. Interesting passages with appropriate questions. Hoping they will have interest in improving their reading scores. Older new teacher here – thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.

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     /  December 11, 2015

    You have one of the best English language tutorial website. My compliments to you Sir, and my heartfelt gratitude!! Any student of English will be able to improvise and develop his language to another level with your worksheets. Amazing and painstaking work done!!

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    • Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.
      I appreciate it.

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    • Ms. Parham

       /  April 19, 2016

      I agree, thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting together such an amazing site. I teach a free GED program to low-income students ages & your site allows me to access wonderful resource materials for them.

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  18. Pat

     /  September 24, 2015

    Thank you for creating this website. I teach ESL students and the woksheets are very helpful.

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  19. Sue

     /  August 11, 2015

    What can I say? Thank you and you are AWESOME! This is the most helpful site that I have found for teaching middle school ELA.

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     /  July 7, 2015

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     /  June 25, 2015

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     /  March 21, 2015

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