These highly-effective, literature-based 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 students in Grades 5-6 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® A1 includes the following genres:Award-Winning Literature Excerpts Fudge-A-Mania Mr. Popper's Penguins Maniac Magee Owls in the Family Blue Willow The Jungle Book Island of the Blue Dolphins Where the Red Fern GrowsStories and Articles Mystery Humor History AdventureNonfiction Topics Science Math Geography History Biography Inventions SportsThe Grades 5—6 (A1) level include mixed-skills throughout. All levels provide an introductory lesson for each skill.