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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 1,314 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 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 1,314 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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Reading for Adults: Introducing Carmen - Her Move to the Big City

Reading for Adults: Introducing Carmen - Her Move to the Big City

Toby
, Reading Comprehension
This is the first worksheet in a series of indefinite length that I'm making for my students. This worksheet is one page of reading and a second page of discussion (not comprehension) questions. ...
2 Views 2,856 IntAdv
O'Malley 001 - Sunday Morning Reading Activity

O'Malley 001 - Sunday Morning Reading Activity

Toby Crowley
, Reading Comprehension
This is the second reading worksheet in this series for adult learners of English. It follows the O'Malley family (introduced in the last worksheet) on a Sunday morning. Generally, I give these w ...
1 Views 2,028 ElemPre-Int
Introducing the O'Malley Family Reading Worksheet

Introducing the O'Malley Family Reading Worksheet

Toby Crowley
, Reading Comprehension
The first worksheet in a series of reading activities for A2 / B1 adult learners of English. This is one page of reading, with some questions on the back. I made these worksheets as the first ste ...
1 Views 4,897 Pre-IntInt
Reading Comprehension - River Thames

Reading Comprehension - River Thames

KS2 Reading Comprehension - The River Thames.  This reading comprehension includes some interesting information about the River Thames. Students must read the text and answer the accompanyin ...
1 Views 9,176 Elem
Endangered Species - Red Wolf Research

Endangered Species - Red Wolf Research

, , , Reading Comprehension
Did you know that the Red Wolf (Canis Rufus) is the most endangered of all the wolf species? Students are asked to fill in the missing information and then fill in the missing words using the word ...
1 Views 5,654 Elem
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Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

Reading Comprehension,
Hello! The first part of the worksheet is a simple listening comprehension exercise in which the students must listen and complete the lyrics of the famous song "Hotel California" by the Eagles. T ...
1 Views 10,470 Pre-IntIntAdv
Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla

Endangered Species - Mountain Gorilla

, , , Reading Comprehension
Did you know that male gorillas are called silverbacks? How much do your students know about the gentle mountain gorilla? Students are asked to fill in the missing information and then fill in the ...
1 Views 11,621 Elem
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives - Reading Comprehension

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives - Reading Comprehension

S.I.
, , Reading Comprehension
The circus story has been modified slightly from the original text (source incl.) to suit beginner level students. Students read the story and then answer the multiple choice or true/false questio ...
1 Views 21,485 BegElem
Research Activity: Amur Leopard

Research Activity: Amur Leopard

This worksheet was created for primary/elementary students and will help a child's research skills. This worksheet asks students to use resources like the internet, library books, or magazines to ...
2 Views 5,515 Elem
Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan

Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan

This is a complete lesson plan for practising linking adverbials and conjunctions in writing and speaking. This sheet contains: a lesson plan, a handout for some contrasting linking words seen in ...
1 Views 12,979 IntAdvExam
Reading Personal Information

Reading Personal Information

Reading Comprehension
Students practice reading personal information off of a business card or personal ID card in this short reading comprehension worksheet. This worksheet helps reinforce real-life reading skills and ...
1 Views 10,640 Int
Endangered Species - Fin Whale

Endangered Species - Fin Whale

, , , Reading Comprehension
Did you know that the fin whale is the second largest whale in the world? Find out some more interesting facts about fin whales by completing this endangered species resource. Students are asked t ...
2 Views 13,820 Elem
A Simple Love Poem - Reading Comprehension

A Simple Love Poem - Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension
This worksheet helps students improve their reading comprehension skills by reading a poem and answering a series of questions about the poem. Students will also compare the poem they read to anot ...
1 Views 12,756 IntAdv
Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

If you are talking about movies and it seems that you've done everything, let your students do this task. They have to guess what the movie is by reading a summary about it. The keys are included ...
4 Views 30,388 IntAdvExam
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 ...
4 Views 17,149 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 ...
4 Views 14,760 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 ...
9 Views 19,794 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 21,438 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 ...
4 Views 19,673 ElemInt
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 ...
7 Views 15,319 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 ...
7 Views 22,077 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 24,170 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 ...
8 Views 50,212 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 11,537 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 ...
9 Views 26,100 Elem

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