8th Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

Reading Passages, Questions & Answers - Eigth Grade

Below you’ll find 8th grade reading comprehension passages along with questions and answers and related vocabulary activities. Great for reading skills development  for middle and rising high school students.

Fellow-Passengers

In 1879 famed Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson traveled by ship across the Atlantic to New York, then by train to San Francisco. He wrote of his travels in his book Across the Plains. In this passage he reflects on the other passengers on the train. ———————————————– I had by…

The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West

John Muir wrote a series of essays on the U.S. national parks. A noted naturalist, his essays were published in 1901. Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club which organized in 1892. He would come to be known as “the Father of the National Parks.” The Muir Woods near…

Pip Meets a Criminal

In Great Expectations, the reader follows Phillip Pirrup, or Pip, from childhood to manhood. In this passage from Chapter I, both of Pip’s parents have died, and he lives with his adult sister. Pip is visiting his parents’ graves in the church cemetery when he meets an escaped convict. —————————————…

The Voyage of the Anchises

One of Ours is the story of Claude Wheeler, a Nebraska farmer who joins the U.S. Army during World War I. He is commissioned as a lieutenant, and he and his company head to Europe on a British troop ship Anchises. While on board, the troops are stricken with influenza,…

The House of Usher

This passage is from the opening of The Fall of the House of Usher.  The narrator has just arrived at the home of his childhood friend Roderick Usher. It is a description of Usher’s house. A tarn is a mountain lake. ———————————– Shaking off from my spirit what must have…

Marley’s Ghost

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a successful businessman in Victorian London. This passage is from the beginning of the tale. —————————— The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open, that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond,…

Portia’s Speech

In Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice, the merchant Antonio has taken a loan from the money-lender Shylock who dislikes him very much. The terms of the loan say that if Antonio does not pay the loan back on time, Shylock may take a pound of Antonio’s flesh which would…