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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 1,314 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 1,314 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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Heinrich, The Cat

Heinrich, The Cat

Fatima Perez
•, Reading Comprehension
  This reading activity has all the pre- and post-reading tasks: lead-in, vocabulary pre-teach, set the scene, gist task, reading for specific information, follow-up, and pronunciation pra ...
1 Views 11,262 ElemPre-Int
Choose the correct emphatic pronoun

Choose the correct emphatic pronoun

•, , Reading Comprehension
  Emphatic pronouns are compound personal pronouns such as 'myself', 'yourself', 'himself', 'ourselves', and 'themselves'. They are used to put stress on the subject. Use this handy worksh ...
1 Views 6,642 ElemPre-Int
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: the Logical Vision of the Nonsensical World

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: the Logical Vision of the Nonsensical World

Marcin Gliński
•, Reading Comprehension
    This worksheet explores the methodology of Victorian author Lewis Carroll, such as word codes, elaborate word plays, nursery rhymes, and puzzles to train people in systematic rea ...
1 Views 10,168 AdvExam
How to swap a paper clip for a house

How to swap a paper clip for a house

Alison Rostetter
•Reading Comprehension
  This is the true story of a man who wanted a house but had no money. He started by swapping a paper clip for another object. After many swaps, he finally found his house. The story is in ...
1 Views 13,988 Elem
King Charles III Cloze Activity

King Charles III Cloze Activity

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Download and print this handy worksheet and teach your children some interesting facts about the King of the United Kingdom. Children read through the facts about King Charles III and fi ...
2 Views 13,619 ElemPre-Int
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Queen Elizabeth II Cloze Activity

Queen Elizabeth II Cloze Activity

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Queen Elizabeth died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Children read through the facts about Queen Elizabeth II and fill in the spaces using words from the word bank. A ...
2 Views 11,608 ElemPre-Int
Reading comprehension - Welcome Back to School

Reading comprehension - Welcome Back to School

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  The first day back to school is just around the corner! This back-to-school poem will make your child's transition that little bit easier. Students read the poem and then answer the ques ...
2 Views 19,858 Elem
Shortening Relative Clauses: A Free ESL Lesson Plan

Shortening Relative Clauses: A Free ESL Lesson Plan

Nathan Martin
  One of the earliest maxims taught in writing to “Omit needless words!” This free ESL Lesson Plan focuses on shortening relative clauses, a practical way of eliminating unnece ...
1 Views 10,427 Adv
Wishes In The Present Lesson Plan

Wishes In The Present Lesson Plan

Nathan Martin
•, Reading Comprehension
  This lesson plan is designed for intermediate ESL students comfortable with forming sentences and completing activities. It introduces verb forms used after 'to wish' for wishes about th ...
1 Views 11,907 Int
Fill in the blanks activity – Dogs

Fill in the blanks activity – Dogs

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Use this time-saving cloze activity worksheet to help your students become better readers. Children read through the passages and use the words from the word bank to fill in the blank sp ...
1 Views 13,191 BegElem
ESL Worksheet – Pronouns (I, you, he, and she)

ESL Worksheet – Pronouns (I, you, he, and she)

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  This short and easy printable worksheet covers pronouns. Pronouns are words like I, you, he, and she. This handy resource is perfect for ESL learners to study and understand pronouns. St ...
2 Views 18,393 ElemPre-Int
MoneyTok Financial Advice on TikTok

MoneyTok Financial Advice on TikTok

Anastasiia
•, Reading Comprehension
  Students learn about financial advice that young people find on a popular platform TikTok. Students develop their vocabulary with the help of collocation-focused interactive assignments. ...
1 Views 13,990 Adv
Reading Comprehension – Chinese New Year

Reading Comprehension – Chinese New Year

•, , Reading Comprehension,
  Chinese New is celebrated on February 1 this year. This information sheet includes some interesting facts about the Chinese New Year. Children read through the reading comprehension and ...
1 Views 21,568 Elem
Reading Comprehension – Burns Night

Reading Comprehension – Burns Night

•, , Reading Comprehension,
    This reading comprehension includes some interesting facts about Burns Night. Scottish people all around the world observe Burns Night with a Burns Supper to celebrate the life o ...
1 Views 14,638 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension – Robert Burns

Reading Comprehension – Robert Burns

•, , Reading Comprehension,
  This reading comprehension for young learners includes some facts about the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Students answer the questions such as: 'If you had met Robert Burns, what ...
1 Views 11,142 Elem
End of Term Test – Third Year Sport section

End of Term Test – Third Year Sport section

afef chihi
•, , Reading Comprehension,
  This test is to improve comprehension and is based on text from a sports section. It concerns philanthropy and language about family life. It includes fill-in-the-blank exercises and a w ...
1 Views 13,363 Pre-Int
Famous People – Charles Dickens

Famous People – Charles Dickens

Students learn some interesting facts and information about the famous 19th-century writer Charles Dickens, the creator of some of the most well-known fictional characters. This fill-in-the-bl ...
1 Views 17,351 Elem
The Election Day (USA)

The Election Day (USA)

Renata Bródka
•, , , Reading Comprehension,
  This text is adapted from the NYT and provides information and language practice for upper intermediate students. It includes two reading comprehension exercises. It can also be read to ...
1 Views 14,075 IntAdv
Biography – Charles Dickens

Biography – Charles Dickens

  Learn some interesting facts and information about the famous British writer Charles Dickens, born on 7 February 1812 in Portsmouth, England. He is the author of a large number of well-l ...
2 Views 10,647 Elem
Relationship Map – Frankenstein

Relationship Map – Frankenstein

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  This relationship map will help deepen your students’ understanding of how the characters are linked in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.
1 Views 11,151 IntAdvExam
Reading Passage: Indigenous Peoples Day

Reading Passage: Indigenous Peoples Day

Lee Lane
•Reading Comprehension
  This reading activity worksheet is based on Indigenous Peoples Day vs Columbus Day and focusses on reading, comprehension and discussion. Students discuss the questions and choose the an ...
1 Views 21,373 IntAdv
Biography – Barack Obama

Biography – Barack Obama

•, , Reading Comprehension,
  This biography about Barack Obama can be used when teaching students about political and historical figures. Students carry out research and find out more interesting facts about the 44t ...
2 Views 14,056 ElemPre-Int
Extension Questions – Macbeth

Extension Questions – Macbeth

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  Test your students’ knowledge of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. These questions will help deepen and expand your students’ understanding of the text. They can be used for homew ...
1 Views 16,147 IntAdvExam
Reading Comprehension – Charles Dickens

Reading Comprehension – Charles Dickens

•, , Reading Comprehension,
  This reading comprehension includes some interesting facts and information about the famous writer Charles Dickens who was born on 7th February in 1812. He created some of the most famou ...
1 Views 19,688 Elem
Saving energy at home

Saving energy at home

  There are many things we can do to save energy around our homes. Saving energy reduces pollution that creates a healthier living environment. Children read through the text and learn som ...
2 Views 20,840 Elem

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