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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 don’t 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 1,303 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 don’t 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. They’re 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 1,303 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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C1/C2 Conversation - $1 Could Soon Be Worth ˆ1

C1/C2 Conversation - $1 Could Soon Be Worth ˆ1

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 ...
5 Views 3,600 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 ...
10 Views 6,366 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 1,741 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 3,645 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 3,677 Pre-Int
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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 ...
4 Views 6,366 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 ...
2 Views 3,653 Elem
Reading Comprehension: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Reading Comprehension: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

•, , Reading Comprehension
Kids will love this comprehension that includes a piece of writing taken from the famous book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter. Students are asked to read the text and answer the accom ...
4 Views 3,975 Elem
Reading Comprehension: Getting Ready for School

Reading Comprehension: Getting Ready for School

•, Reading Comprehension
Students are asked to read a short story about a boy who gets ready for school. They are asked to put the sentences in order from 1 - 5 and then answer the accompanying questions. This worksheet w ...
4 Views 3,641 Elem
Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Paul Rooney
The song is a cover of the Christmas classic by the Pogues, performed by Christy Moore on the Jools Holland show. The song begins and ends with a short anecdote giving some background to how the s ...
2 Views 4,298 Pre-IntIntAdv
Christmas Worksheet: Reindeer - Reading Comprehension

Christmas Worksheet: Reindeer - Reading Comprehension

•, , Reading Comprehension,
This Christmas worksheet includes facts about reindeer. It can be handed out to students as as an extra resource when teaching kids about Christmas. Students are asked to read through the text and ...
1 Views 12,155 Elem
Ukrainian Cuisine

Ukrainian Cuisine

Liusia
•, , Reading Comprehension
The worksheet describes two popular dishes of Ukrainian cuisine. Vocabulary used in it can be helpful in tasks requiring the description of cooking processes. Students can use the phrases from the ...
3 Views 3,972 IntAdv
Christmas in the UK - Reading Comprehension

Christmas in the UK - Reading Comprehension

•, , Reading Comprehension,
What happens in the UK at Christmas? This worksheet includes some interesting facts about how families celebrate Christmas in the UK. How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you have a Christmas tree? ...
5 Views 14,591 Elem
Christmas in the USA - Reading Comprehension

Christmas in the USA - Reading Comprehension

•, , Reading Comprehension,
What statues are sometimes used to decorate the outside of houses? Where is the famous Rockefeller Center? Find out some interesting facts about Christmas in the USA. Students read through the tex ...
9 Views 11,324 Elem
Christmas in Poland - Reading Comprehension

Christmas in Poland - Reading Comprehension

•, Reading Comprehension,
What is Advent? In Poland, what is normally placed on the top of a Christmas tree? Find out some interesting facts about how people in Poland spend their Christmas. Students read through the text ...
4 Views 4,449 Elem
Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds

Tatiana
I used this worksheet with adult students that study veterinary medicine. 1)  You divide your group into 3 groups ( text a,b,c). 2) Each student gets a table, which he needs to complete ...
3 Views 3,648 IntAdv
Pets- B1/ISE 1 Style Reading Exercise

Pets- B1/ISE 1 Style Reading Exercise

Yva
•, Reading Comprehension
Easy B1/ ISE 1 style reading exercise (only 2 texts + 1 graphic). It includes reading for gist, true/false questions and gap fill. 
4 Views 3,448 ElemPre-Int
B1/ISE 1 Style Reading Exercise - Holidays with Kids

B1/ISE 1 Style Reading Exercise - Holidays with Kids

Yva
•, , , Reading Comprehension
ISE 1/ Trinity Style multiple text reading exercise on the theme of travel. It includes gap fill, true or false statements and paragraph titles. A PDF with the answers can be found on this pa ...
1 Views 3,418 Pre-Int
A Tongue Twister Reading

A Tongue Twister Reading

•Reading Comprehension
My worksheet illustrates the use of some indefinite compound nouns such as some, any, no, every +body in a short reading text using each of them as if they were actually real people ( I personif ...
2 Views 4,590 Int
Reactions to US Elections Results: Trump's Victory

Reactions to US Elections Results: Trump's Victory

Chocolate addict
•, , , Reading Comprehension
This worksheet includes a video about the reasons of Trump's victory and a short article from the New York Times (a reaction by a contributing opinion writer). We are not supposed to discuss our p ...
13 Views 6,803 IntAdv
Halloween/ Reading

Halloween/ Reading

•, Reading Comprehension
This worksheet includes a reading task for Halloween. It is about the history of Halloween and what children usually do on this special day. It is designed for elementary and pre-intermediate stud ...
3 Views 3,786 ElemPre-Int
KS2 Reading Comprehension - Mosquitoes

KS2 Reading Comprehension - Mosquitoes

•, , Reading Comprehension
This reading comprehension was created for primary/elementary students. The resource includes a passage with some interesting facts about the mosquito. Children read the text and then answer the q ...
5 Views 7,615 Elem
KS2 Reading Comprehension - Tarantulas

KS2 Reading Comprehension - Tarantulas

•, , Reading Comprehension
This reading comprehension was created for primary/elementary students. The resource includes a passage with some interesting facts about the tarantula. Children read the text and then answer the ...
5 Views 4,531 Elem
KS2 Reading Comprehension - Scorpions

KS2 Reading Comprehension - Scorpions

•, , Reading Comprehension
This reading comprehension was created for primary/elementary students. The resource includes a passage with some interesting facts about the scorpion. Children read the text and then answer the q ...
3 Views 4,154 Elem
The Yearling, Chapter 2

The Yearling, Chapter 2

•Reading Comprehension
I have designed this PPT based on the second chapter of the story book, The Yearling (Penguin Active Reading). It includes 3 parts. First, have the students answer some questions based on the firs ...
2 Views 2,442 Pre-IntInt

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