Identify the main points and specific detail, and infer meaning from images which is not explicit in the text (a) Understand that some texts are structured around main points that are expanded or illustrated by specific detail (b) Understand that in some texts and situations only the main points are essential to get the meaning, whereas in others every detail requires careful reading (c) Understand that images can be used to convey additional information to that in the printed text

Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 22:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on two recent articles about Pancake Day in recent editions of the Evening Standard.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 21:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Get the point

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2012-01-19 21:22

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

Two resources, one for L1 and one for L2. Both resources include the same 12 short paragraphs. Each paragraph has four points – but which one is the main point?

Designed to be a group activity or a matching exercise this was adapted from an online resource at http://www.softschools.com/ because I didn’t have computer access for my groups and wanted to encourage group discussion. The learner has to read each short paragraph and decide which of four statements describes the main point.

Qianlong Chinese porcelain vase sold for £43m

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2012-01-04 11:42

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Ww/L1.1

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A set of exercises based on an article fromm the BBC News website.
This may interest learners who are keen on antiques. There is a comprehension exercise, exercises involving the identification of spelling errors (homophones) and a noun anagram exercise.
Useful for those working towards Level 1/2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

October 2016
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Submitted by Helen Connell on Wed, 2011-11-09 12:41

Literacy: Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Winter, Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Context: Gardening & Horticulture, History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Nice selection of winter activities written for an E3-L2 Functional Skills group (best for E3-L1).
The main activities are a reading comprehension (about the history of poinsettias and how they came to be popular at Christmas time) and a cloze exercise based on an old Mexican religious legend. There are also some maths questions.

Winter Solstice

Submitted by Jeanette Emmerson on Tue, 2011-11-08 17:01

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Winter, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a BBC Religions – Paganism article, this is an interesting reading comprehension for the long winter months. It also includes a cloze exercise and some short writing and research activities.

Ten ages of Christmas

Submitted by Jan Long on Tue, 2011-11-08 10:39

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Beautiful set of L1-2 Reading comprehension exercises. Includes Medieval Christmas, Victorian Christmas, Post-War Christmas, etc. The main focus is reading for detail but there are also vocabulary and dictionary questions.

Based on a series of BBC British History web pages of the same name – but note that only nine “ages” are included in this resource! (There is no Georgian/Regency Christmas).

Halloween reading comprehension

Submitted by Abigail Iliffe on Mon, 2011-10-31 13:31

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.1, Ww/E3.2, Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Wt/E3.4, Ww/L1.1

Free tags: Autumn, Equality and Diversity, Halloween

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This resource was created for Adult Literacy Entry 3 Learners. It includes reading comprehension and related exercises covering many curriculum areas, based on the Halloween theme.

Future road pricing 'inevitable'

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Mon, 2011-04-18 10:05

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L1.1

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a 2010 BBC News article about charging motorists per mile. Includes comprehension questions, a true/false exercises and a short writing task where learners must express their own views about the article.

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