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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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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 234 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 1,503 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 4,579 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 1,281 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 1,551 IntAdvExam
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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 1,682 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 1,176 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 907 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 ...
1 Views 2,510 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 991 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 5,955 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 1,358 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 3,617 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 3,052 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 3,577 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 3,765 Elem
Virtual Classroom: Compare & Contrast – Choices Guide

Virtual Classroom: Compare & Contrast – Choices Guide

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  This resource includes is a list of questions and tasks to guide students as they compare and contrast multiple versions of the same scene/speech available on Digital Theatre+. There are ...
1 Views 3,186 IntAdvExam
Reading about Tools

Reading about Tools

•, , , Reading Comprehension
    This worksheet, based on a text taken from Bonamy's textbook, contains a few exercises to revise the names of tools and to teach reading. It was originally made for 16–19 ...
1 Views 3,393 ElemPre-Int
My Bed is a Boat Poem Analysis Worksheet

My Bed is a Boat Poem Analysis Worksheet

•Reading Comprehension
  Help students to understand metaphors and learn to analyze poetry with a short worksheet featuring the poem "My Bed is a Boat" by Robert Louis Stevenson.The worksheet features a set of b ...
1 Views 13,655 Int
The Moon Reading Comprehension

The Moon Reading Comprehension

•, , Reading Comprehension
  Does the moon produce light of its own? How long is a lunar month? This reading comprehension includes some interesting facts about the Moon with accompanying study questions for student ...
2 Views 6,817 Elem
Virtual Classroom: Drama Universal Questions

Virtual Classroom: Drama Universal Questions

Digital Theatre Plus
•, Reading Comprehension
  This resource includes a list of questions and tasks to guide your study of any play. Non-specific, it can be used with a wide variety of plays, tailored to specific works and used in th ...
1 Views 2,440 IntAdvExam
Easy Reading Test

Easy Reading Test

BusyTeacher Contributor
•Reading Comprehension
  This test consists of 12 simple tasks with options, answer sheet and keys to check your students' work. It can be used as an easy evaluation of reading comprehension or as preparation fo ...
1 Views 776 Pre-IntInt
Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs

•, , , Reading Comprehension
Auxiliary verbs, or helping verbs, add meaning to the main verb of the sentence. This literacy was created with young learners in mind and asks students to complete sentences by adding auxiliary ...
1 Views 10,230 Elem
Verb Prefixes - de and re

Verb Prefixes - de and re

•, , , Reading Comprehension
A prefix is a group of letters added before a word to alter its meaning. The prefix 'de' is used to reverse the verb's actions. It can also mean 'down' such as in the words decrease or decline. T ...
1 Views 6,924 Elem
Verb Prefixes - dis and mis

Verb Prefixes - dis and mis

•, , , Reading Comprehension
A prefix is a group of letters added before a word to alter its meaning. The prefix 'dis' is generally used to make a word negative. The prefix 'mis' means badly, wrongly or incorrectly. This Eng ...
1 Views 7,062 Elem

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