Reading comprehension

One or more texts accompanied by questions and/or other activities

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 17:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

Are graffiti artists criminals?

Submitted by Sean Delaney on Tue, 2017-10-10 15:59

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Use appropriate language and strategies

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Two PowerPoint resources for discussion that can feed into Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills for English, Speaking & Listening.

Editor’s note
Also covers research, reading and writing. Great for prompting discussion among 14-19 year olds.

Looking out for scams

Submitted by Rachel Farrow on Thu, 2017-09-28 08:31

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Rt/E1.1

Free tags: reading, scams

Context: Independent living

Level: E1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Reading comprehension

A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Fatbergs - L1 Functional English reading tasks

Submitted by Leon Palmer on Wed, 2017-09-27 17:24

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A Level 1 reading task based on a BBC news article about problems with London’s Victorian sewers.
It focuses on text types, reading for gist and detail, vocab building and personal responses.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping.

No Way Jose

Submitted by Will Dixon on Tue, 2017-09-26 15:40

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

This is a set of work about personal information. Includes matching exercise, organising and writing sentences, and questioning – all loosely based on a simple text.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Haunted Portsmouth

Submitted by Jayn Coe on Sun, 2017-09-17 16:36

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Designed for Entry 3 – Level 2 Functional Skills English.
Students loved this lesson. Can be designed around other areas but covers:
Writing persuasively.
Fact and opinion.
Research write a factual article
Create a poster using appropriate language.

Speaking & listening
Everyone has a ghost story to tell, so as a starter, ask the class for their contributions.
Discuss the local area and what they believe to be haunted.
Listen and respond appropriately to other points of view.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Submitted by Jayn Coe on Mon, 2017-08-21 11:24

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Pirates

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Literacy – aimed at Level 1-2 and links to imaginative writing at GCSE.
Quirky fun starter – find your pirate name. This can be done on mobile phones if there are no PCs.
Comprehension tasks.
After finding the King’s shilling, write descriptive letter home.

Summer Solstice reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2017-06-20 17:20

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Solstice

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A topical summer solstice resource. A bit of reading comprehension based on a general article about the solstice which includes some embedded maths. This is followed by another short article with further comprehension questions and two associated writing tasks: one at L1/L2 and one at E3 (the latter a bit wacky!).

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