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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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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 409 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 349 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 2,464 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 676 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 2,263 BegElem
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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 2,176 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 2,512 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 2,489 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 2,956 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 3,114 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 13,472 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 6,358 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 2,302 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 510 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 10,033 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 6,669 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 6,853 Elem
My Teacher Ate My Homework - Different Ways Of Eating

My Teacher Ate My Homework - Different Ways Of Eating

Barbora
This is a worksheet with a Ken Nesbitt's poem of the same name. It is a short funny poem that contains many verbs that refer to eating (nibble, gobble, etc.) The synonyms of eat are bold, and s ...
1 Views 12,790 Pre-IntIntAdv
Reading Comprehension - The Seven Continents

Reading Comprehension - The Seven Continents

•, , Reading Comprehension
What percentage of the world’s population live in Asia? What is the hottest continent on Earth? The Andes is a mountain range on which continent? Students read through the passage about the ...
1 Views 17,091 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - Rocks From Space

Reading Comprehension - Rocks From Space

•, , , Reading Comprehension
Some rocks are not from Earth at all but from way out in space. Large space rocks that orbit around the Sun are called asteroids. Smaller rocks that orbit around the Sun are called meteoroids. St ...
1 Views 9,921 ElemPre-Int
How COVID-19 Has Changed Working Life

How COVID-19 Has Changed Working Life

Anastasiia
•, Reading Comprehension
The worksheet is based on the adapted article from the Economist describing how pandemic changed working life. The tasks are aimed at developing reading comprehension. Students read the article a ...
1 Views 15,417 Pre-IntInt
Asteroids - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Asteroids - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

•, , , Reading Comprehension
An asteroid is a rocky body that tumbles and spins as it orbits the Sun. They are lumpy like potatoes and made up of carbon, rocks and metals. This science resource teaches students some interest ...
1 Views 6,601 ElemPre-Int
Different Types Of Soil (Science Resource)

Different Types Of Soil (Science Resource)

•, , Reading Comprehension
What type of soil is rough and drains quickly? What soil would be the best for growing plants and crops? Where is peat soil found? Which creature digs tunnels through the soil? Students learn som ...
1 Views 4,157 ElemPre-Int
What Is A Gas? (Science Resource)

What Is A Gas? (Science Resource)

•, , Reading Comprehension
The tiny pieces of particles that make up a gas have a lot of space between them. This lets gases move around freely and adapt to their containers. Students learn the characteristics of gas and s ...
1 Views 3,379 ElemPre-Int
What Is A Liquid? (Science Resource)

What Is A Liquid? (Science Resource)

•, , Reading Comprehension
A liquid is a form of matter that is kind of in between a solid and gas. It can flow around freely, much more than a solid but not as much as a gas. Students learn some interesting facts about li ...
1 Views 2,982 ElemPre-Int

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