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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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Cloze Activity - Rosa Parks

Cloze Activity - Rosa Parks

, , Reading Comprehension,
Students are asked to read the sentences and fill in the missing words from the word bank to complete the facts about Rosa Parks. This worksheet was created by www.primaryleap.co.uk Example: Rea ...
1 Views 3,483 ElemPre-Int
Biography - Rosa Parks

Biography - Rosa Parks

Celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday with this biography report form all about this inspirational lady. Why was Rosa Parks arrested? How did President Clinton honour Rosa Parks? Students are asked to c ...
1 Views 2,998 ElemPre-Int
Chinese New Year Quiz

Chinese New Year Quiz

, , Reading Comprehension,
This fun quiz can be used as an extra resource when teaching the topic: Chinese New Year, or any English language lesson. Created by www.primaryleap.co.uk Some of the questions include: How many ...
1 Views 3,152 Elem
WIDA and ACCESS Testing: What You Need to Know

WIDA and ACCESS Testing: What You Need to Know

Many teachers, especially those new to WIDA and/or ESL teaching, are often overwhelmed and intimidated by the WIDA standards and ACCESS testing. In this article, we attempt to break down the mai ...
1 Views 6,622 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Reading Comprehension - I Am A Koala

Reading Comprehension - I Am A Koala

, , , Reading Comprehension
Short reading comprehension for early learners. Having strong reading comprehension skills will also help with other subjects. Students read through the short comprehension about a koala called K ...
2 Views 7,097 Elem
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Science Resource - The Rock Cycle

Science Resource - The Rock Cycle

, , Reading Comprehension
Rocks are constantly changing from one type of rock into another. They do this in cycles over millions of years. A volcano erupts and carries magma to the Earth’s surface. When it cools dow ...
2 Views 3,790 ElemPre-Int
'Hills Like White Elephants' Hemingway Short Story

'Hills Like White Elephants' Hemingway Short Story

Ann Zelevskaya
This worksheet contains some tasks on vocabulary and for analysis of Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants". The story is rather simple in terms of language, but the analysis ...
1 Views 4,950 IntAdv
Reading Comprehension - What Is A Continent?

Reading Comprehension - What Is A Continent?

, , , Reading Comprehension
Did you know that there are seven continents on Earth? A continent is like a massive piece of land. The seven continents are called: Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America and ...
2 Views 4,784 Elem
Reading Comprehension - The Universe

Reading Comprehension - The Universe

, , , Reading Comprehension
All the planets and stars in the sky, the entire solar system, milky way and galaxies are all part of the universe. Students learn some interesting facts about the universe with this printable sc ...
2 Views 6,633 ElemPre-Int
Essay Writing Made Easy (With Scaffold)

Essay Writing Made Easy (With Scaffold)

BusyTeacher Contributor
The worksheet can be used for ESL or middle and high school. It takes the student through the actual process of writing an essay. It tell the student what should be in an introduction as well as ...
1 Views 6,445 Int
Eagle Video and Worksheet

Eagle Video and Worksheet

kristine44
, , Reading Comprehension
This is a worksheet about the eagle. It contains a video with a poem, music and a lot of pictures. There are eight exercises. You can watch the video and read the poem. Then you can do the exerci ...
1 Views 6,906 ElemPre-IntInt
Moon

Moon

kristine44
, , Reading Comprehension
This is a new video and a poem about the MOON. There are 5 exercises. You can watch the video and read the poem. Then you can do the exercises (Circle the correct words, Fill in the missing words ...
1 Views 7,582 ElemPre-Int
What I did in Texas! Worksheet

What I did in Texas! Worksheet

Elena
Reading Comprehension
This is an anecdote about a cowboy I read online. It seemed funny to me and my students also liked it. I made some exercises to the text (gap fill, answer the questions, transform in tenses you n ...
1 Views 10,965 Pre-IntInt
Interpreting Symbols - Literature

Interpreting Symbols - Literature

Reading Comprehension
Symbols frequently appear in literature and advertisements. With this worksheet, students practice determining the meaning of common symbols found in literature. Find more figurative language work ...
1 Views 7,942 IntAdvExam
Cause and Effect - Short Passages Worksheet

Cause and Effect - Short Passages Worksheet

Reading Comprehension
Practice identifying cause and effect relationships in a passage with this informational text worksheet featuring four short passages and a multiple choice question based on each passage. Find mor ...
1 Views 16,371 IntAdv
My Bed is a Boat Poem Analysis Worksheet

My Bed is a Boat Poem Analysis Worksheet

Reading Comprehension
Help students understand metaphors and learn to analyze poetry with a short worksheet featuring the poem "My Bed is a Boat" by Robert Louis Stevenson. In addition to including the text of the poem ...
1 Views 8,318 Int
Introduction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Introduction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Novi Rezeki
Reading Comprehension
This is a one page worksheet. It works well for upper-intermediate student. I usually warm up my class by asking intro questions such Do you enjoy reading books? Have you tried reading books in ...
1 Views 10,995 IntAdv
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 16,525 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 12,861 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 13,005 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 29,761 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 13,125 Elem
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 21,903 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 18,379 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 49,603 BegElem

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