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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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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 1,293 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 1,609 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 2,293 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 3,072 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 11,572 IntAdv
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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 2,337 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 11,351 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 6,775 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 6,615 Elem
Tips To Be More Productive At Work

Tips To Be More Productive At Work

•, , Reading Comprehension
  This reading comprehension exercise is based on an article from The Guardian newspaper. It's aimed at students preparing for a technical degree, or adults working in the field of Human R ...
1 Views 4,869 Pre-IntInt
Extension Questions – An Inspector Calls

Extension Questions – An Inspector Calls

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  Test and expand your students’ knowledge on An Inspector Calls. Students can discuss the characters including the theme of gender. These questions have been curriculum mapped again ...
1 Views 4,120 IntAdvExam
Extension Questions – Frankenstein

Extension Questions – Frankenstein

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
    Test your students’ knowledge of the novel Frankenstein. The questions have been written to deepen and expand their understanding and to encourage discussion of key issues ...
1 Views 6,326 IntAdvExam
American Elections Debate

American Elections Debate

Hellen Haga
•, , , Reading Comprehension
  This group activity can also be done in pairs. It includes 4 tasks and a warm-up: Warm-up: ask what students already know about the electoral college; Task 1: watch and discuss a video i ...
1 Views 2,640 Adv
Study Guide – Language: Romeo and Juliet

Study Guide – Language: Romeo and Juliet

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
    This Digital Theatre+ Study Guide explores the language used in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet from a literary, contextual, and dramatic perspective. It includes exa ...
1 Views 3,077 IntAdvExam
The Moon Cloze Activity

The Moon Cloze Activity

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Who was the first man to land on the moon? What is the tallest mountain on the moon? This science resource asks students to read through the facts about the moon and fill in the missing ...
1 Views 4,079 Elem
Research Activity – The Rat

Research Activity – The Rat

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Where do rats live? What do rats eat? Find out some interesting facts by completing this fun research activity. This resource can also be used as an extra resource when teaching students ...
1 Views 2,715 Elem
Study Guide – Characters: Romeo and Juliet

Study Guide – Characters: Romeo and Juliet

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  This Digital Theatre+ Study Guide examines Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet from a literary and contextual, as well as a dramatic perspective, to provide thorough access to key ...
1 Views 1,951 IntAdvExam
Reading Comprehension – Abraham Lincoln

Reading Comprehension – Abraham Lincoln

•, , , Reading Comprehension
  Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809. He was the 16th President of the United States of America, serving from March 1861 through April 1865, until he was assassinated. Students c ...
2 Views 4,730 ElemPre-Int
Extension Questions for A Doll's House

Extension Questions for A Doll's House

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  Deepen your students knowledge and understanding on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. These extension questions have been curriculum mapped against QCR and AQA, to ensure you an ...
1 Views 1,624 IntAdvExam
Workshop Lesson: Restaurants And Menus

Workshop Lesson: Restaurants And Menus

Ivan Iannotta
•, , , Reading Comprehension
  In this lesson, students review vocabulary and grammar at A2 level related to the topic of restaurants and menus. Classroom desks are arranged into six "learning islands" where the stude ...
1 Views 14,515 Elem
A Doll's House – Quiz Questions

A Doll's House – Quiz Questions

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  Test your students’ knowledge of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. These questions have been curriculum mapped against QCR and AQA, to ensure you and your students meet th ...
1 Views 2,039 IntAdvExam
The Very Hungry Worksheet

The Very Hungry Worksheet

Manuelle Almada
  This worksheet is for young beginner and elementary students. It’s an activity to work on the fruit and colors vocabulary, is and are "to be" verb forms, health and unhealthy food ...
1 Views 6,469 BegElem
Zero Hour (Ray Bradbury) Reading activities

Zero Hour (Ray Bradbury) Reading activities

Lucia Alvarez
•Reading Comprehension
  Students read the amazing short story 'Zero Hour' by Ray Bradbury. This guide provides before, while and after reading activities. Students describe their ideas relating to the story, an ...
1 Views 4,292 Adv
Animal Exercises

Animal Exercises

Natalia Shtefan
•, , , Reading Comprehension
This worksheet is for child-beginners to practise words sand speak on the topic of animals. It includes revision, spelling, reading exercises and the Present Simple tense. Pictures and simpl ...
1 Views 5,269 Elem
Test: Past Simple

Test: Past Simple

Practise English team
  Based on file 7 of the English File Elementary Fourth Edition, this test covers grammar (Past Simple (to be, regular and irregular verbs), vocabulary (word formation and expressions with ...
1 Views 7,645 Elem

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