Steer clear of swooping magpies
Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context: Animal care & Equine, Leisure Travel Tourism
Resource type: Crossword, Reading comprehension
Another great set of three comprehension resources from Australia. Each with a related, differentiated crossword puzzle. All based on the same Australian news article about the danger of swooping magpies.
The Satellite (Australia) September 13 2010
Although the article is serious you can’t help but laugh at one of the illustrations of two fully protected cyclists!
The first resource has a much simplified text (suitable for E2) accompanied by comprehension questions, vocabulary and phonics questions and a related crossword puzzle (shown in the first pop up picture above)
The second (E3) has a slightly simplified text, more challenging questions and a different crossword puzzle.
The third is suitable for L1, includes the entire text and different questions (see second pop-up picture above), plus a very challenging crossword that would also suit L2 learners.
The two Entry level texts would also provide useful practice for Functional Skills English (reading). For L1-2 Functional Skills reading, two or more different types of text about the same topic should be used, compared, responded to, etc. See comment below for some suggestions.