Reading comprehension

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

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-02-19 00:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

New Year 2016 reading comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-01-01 13:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

Black Friday & online Christmas shopping

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2015-12-09 00:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpose of text and the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text.

A history of Christmas trees

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-12-08 22:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Literacy: Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified reading comprehension based on the origins of Halloween with accompanying questions.
Two versions: one for E2 – low E3, another for high E3 – L1.

2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 16:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

King Richard III Functional English tasks

Submitted by Helen Whittaker on Fri, 2015-03-13 17:27

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension on the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Followed by writing tasks.
Level 1-2, with answers and curriculum mapping

Adult Ed Funding Cuts - English tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-03-10 18:25

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Editor’s note (11/3/2015)
Now includes an E2-3 version.

Topical L1-2 Functional English reading and writing tasks based on publicity about the latest, terrible round of adult education cuts.

Two cleverly differentiated resources. One for L1-2, the other for E2-E3. Both consist of a reading comprehension and two writing tasks.

Red Nose Day comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sun, 2015-03-08 17:35

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:https://shop.rednoseday.com/sites/default/files/docs/rnd15_schools_orderform.pdf

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