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Reading is a very important part of learning a language. It's considered a receptive skill, otherwise known as a passive skill, which means that students dont necessarily have to produce language - just receive it. But more often than not, students have difficulty reading because of vocabulary and/or the context involved. BusyTeacher.org offers 1,313 reading comprehension worksheets that are sure to help your students stay engaged in their reading, by providing interesting stories and effective exercises.

We as teachers dont always have the time to make up our own stories, or go through books to pick out excerpts to present in our lessons. The reading worksheets on BusyTeacher.org offer a variety of different stories and texts in different categories and genres to help your students improve their reading ability and learn the language, all the while enjoying the stories they're reading. Depending on what you're aiming to teach, you can use these worksheets in a whole variety of different ways in the classroom. If a worksheet has a story that contains dialogue, you could assign roles to students and have them act out what the characters say. You can also use the stories on the worksheets to create comprehension questions. Some worksheets can even make for classroom discussion topics. After reading a passage, you can present a question to students, and ask them to give their opinions of where the story is going. These are just some of the many things you can do to make use of these worksheets in the classroom.

Whether you're teaching scanning, skimming, critical thinking, or reading for gist, BusyTeacher.org has the worksheet(s) you need for your lessons. There are worksheets on just about any topic you can think of - sports, business, history, and holidays to name a few. Another handy feature on BusyTeacher.org is that each worksheet has the level shown in the description, which makes it easy for you to find an appropriate worksheet for your students. The thumbnail can be opened to full page view, so you can check if the worksheet is right for your lesson. Some worksheets you'll find here are appropriate for several - or even for all levels, which means they're reusable for a future lessons with students at different levels.

No registration or subscription is necessary to download our worksheets. Theyre all free to download, copy, and use in your lessons. Plus, all of them were created and uploaded by fellow ESL teachers from all around the globe, and have helped other ESL teachers in their lessons. In addition, if you have a worksheet you've created and would like to submit it to this site, you can do so by clicking the Submit a worksheet link at the bottom of this page. Join thousands of other ESL teachers using BusyTeacher.org, and bookmark us as your number-one stop for worksheets to use in your lessons daily! With 1,313 reading worksheets, planning your lessons has never been easier. Get started by checking out the most popular worksheets below. Try downloading one and using it in your lesson today!

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Reading Passage: Build an Emergency Kit

Reading Passage: Build an Emergency Kit

Reading Comprehension
Help build students' reading comprehension skills and help them learn about emergency preparedness with this short reading passage on how to build an emergency kit. The passage is accompanied by a ...
2 Views 3,488 Int
African Animals Mini Book

African Animals Mini Book

, Reading Comprehension
Beginning or younger English language learners can use this mini book to practice their reading skills and learn the names of African Animals. Print out the book, and then have students cut out an ...
2 Views 4,375 BegElemPre-Int
Endangered Species: Great White Shark

Endangered Species: Great White Shark

, , Reading Comprehension
Did you know that great white sharks are now considered vulnerable? How much do your students know about the great white shark? Students are asked to fill in the missing information and then fill ...
6 Views 6,433 Elem
Jackie Robinson Reading Passage

Jackie Robinson Reading Passage

Reading Comprehension
Jackie Robinson was a famous baseball player that ESL students who are also baseball fans may be familiar with. This reading passage tells a little bit about Jackie Robinson's life. Students can u ...
2 Views 8,903 IntAdv
Real-Life Reading: Birthday Invitation

Real-Life Reading: Birthday Invitation

Reading Comprehension
Students read the birthday invitation, and then answer questions related to it. This real-life reading activity helps build basic reading comprehension skills that students can use as they interac ...
2 Views 8,933 ElemInt
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Real-Life Reading: Store Hours

Real-Life Reading: Store Hours

, Reading Comprehension
This worksheet helps build everyday reading skills by having students read a sign showing the hours for a store. Students must answer question based on the sign, such as "What time does the store ...
6 Views 7,868 ElemInt
Rhyming Riddles

Rhyming Riddles

, , Reading Comprehension
In this worksheet, students read riddles to try to figure out the mystery word. The clues include words that rhyme with the mystery word. Students will not only learn rhyming words, but they will ...
5 Views 12,335 ElemPre-IntInt
Aviation Sentences

Aviation Sentences

Maiara
, Reading Comprehension,
In this exercise, the sentences are scrambled and the students must put the words in the correct order. You can use it as a simple exercise or you can turn it into a game with the winner being th ...
2 Views 11,076 All
At the Restaurant

At the Restaurant

S.I.
, , Reading Comprehension
This worksheet has 2 activities which focus on restaurant vocabulary. The first activity is a gap fill for a restaurant conversation and the second activity asks questions based on a fictitious re ...
6 Views 24,242 BegElem
Introduction to 'Pride and Prejudice'

Introduction to 'Pride and Prejudice'

BusyTeacher Contributor
Reading Comprehension
This is an explanation of "Pride and Prejudice" taken from The Glencoe Literature Library. Form A has blanks where Form B has text and vice versa. Students have to work in pairs, reading out lou ...
3 Views 6,441 IntAdv
Reading: Alice in Wonderland

Reading: Alice in Wonderland

Reading Comprehension
This worksheet can be used as a test in reading skills for elementary learners. It contains such tasks as giving the title to the text, true/false statements, finding synonyms and antonyms, answer ...
8 Views 14,968 Elem
Improving the Environment - Carrier Bags

Improving the Environment - Carrier Bags

This resource was created for primary/elementary students and focuses on carrier bags and how we can improve the environment. Students are asked to read the information about the use of carrier ba ...
6 Views 12,059 Elem
Story- Phantom of the Opera

Story- Phantom of the Opera

chosoon
Reading Comprehension
We made this worksheet for a reader lesson activity for 10th graders. They read the chapters and try to find the answers in the book. 
3 Views 8,336 Int
The Barber's Pole - High Level Gap Fill

The Barber's Pole - High Level Gap Fill

Celia Jenkins
, , Reading Comprehension
This worksheet is a reading activity for high level learners with an excellent grasp of the English language. Students must read the paragraphs and fill the gaps using the word key at the bottom o ...
3 Views 6,827 Adv
Cloze Activity - Anne Frank

Cloze Activity - Anne Frank

, , Reading Comprehension,
Who was Anne Frank? Why is Anne Frank Famous? Find out some facts about Anne Frank by completing this cloze activity. There are 12 facts that students must fill in using the word bank to help them ...
5 Views 10,013 Elem
Dr. Seuss Word Search

Dr. Seuss Word Search

, , Reading Comprehension,
To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss we have created this fun word search for your students to enjoy. Students are asked to find each character from books written by author Dr. Seuss in the grid ...
2 Views 5,929 Elem
Dr. Seuss Titles

Dr. Seuss Titles

, , Reading Comprehension,
To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss we have created this fun worksheet for your students to complete. Do your students like reading Dr. Seuss books? Let's find out! Kids are asked to fill in th ...
3 Views 4,215 Elem
Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Exercise (Family Members)

Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Exercise (Family Members)

Lena Ch
, , , Reading Comprehension
This worksheet includes a reading passage in which students complete the passage by using the words from the table. It also includes two other reading comprehension exercises (answering questions ...
19 Views 35,706 BegElemPre-IntIntExam
C1/C2 Conversation - $1 Could Soon Be Worth 1

C1/C2 Conversation - $1 Could Soon Be Worth 1

Dale Kirkwood
A nice worksheet for advanced students. I couldn't ever find anything challenging enough for C1/C2 students who wanted to learn some complicated words and have a good read. I think this would make ...
12 Views 16,420 AdvExam
Reading Non-Linear Text - How Chocolate Is Made

Reading Non-Linear Text - How Chocolate Is Made

Zaida Sanuri
, , Reading Comprehension
A reading comprehension/ vocabulary-building worksheet related to flowchart and factory manufacturing process. It is suitable for elementary to pre-intermediate ESL students learning about process ...
19 Views 18,748 ElemPre-Int
Dead Man's Island, Chapter 1, PPT

Dead Man's Island, Chapter 1, PPT

Reading Comprehension
I have designed this PPT for the first chapter of the story book Dead Man's Island, Oxford Bookworms, level 2. It includes 3 parts. First have your students talk about the main characters and the ...
3 Views 4,896 Pre-Int
The Tough Task

The Tough Task

Reading Comprehension
I've designed this PowerPoint based on the story book, The Tough Task, Dolphin Readers, level 4. It includes a question to create interest in the language learners and some CCQs to check their und ...
3 Views 7,186 Elem
Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Mahboobeh Roshanak
Reading Comprehension,
I assume every teacher needs to have lesson plans with exact timing. Lesson plan is like a map that guide you where to go, although you might change details depending on the preference of the teac ...
3 Views 8,407 Pre-Int
Reading Comprehension: Whales (Non-fiction)

Reading Comprehension: Whales (Non-fiction)

, , Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension worksheet. Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. This worksheet includes interesting facts about whales. Students read the text and the ...
7 Views 17,222 Elem
Reading Comprehension: Ollie the Octopus

Reading Comprehension: Ollie the Octopus

, , Reading Comprehension
This English worksheet was created for early readers. Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help in other subjects. Students read the text about an octopus called Ollie and answer t ...
4 Views 9,715 Elem

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