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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 - 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 787 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - Rocks From Space

Reading Comprehension - Rocks From Space

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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 466 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 1,532 Pre-IntInt
Asteroids - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Asteroids - Reading Comprehension Worksheet

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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 1,901 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 1,338 ElemPre-Int
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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 1,049 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 1,024 ElemPre-Int
What Is A Solid? (Science Resource)

What Is A Solid? (Science Resource)

, , Reading Comprehension
Solids are one of the three common states of matter. They are known for having tightly packed molecules which are held together by strong bonds. This resource includes some interesting facts abou ...
1 Views 1,051 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - The Earth's Orbit

Reading Comprehension - The Earth's Orbit

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All the planets in the Solar System orbit the Sun. When planets orbit the Sun, they don’t move around in a perfect circle. They all follow an 'elliptical path', meaning it looks more like a ...
1 Views 2,613 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - Facts About Koalas

Reading Comprehension - Facts About Koalas

This reading comprehension includes a short piece of text with some interesting facts about koalas. Students read through the text and then answer the questions that follow. Some of the question ...
1 Views 2,726 Elem
Reading Comprehension - What Is An Omnivore?

Reading Comprehension - What Is An Omnivore?

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This reading comprehension includes some fun facts about omnivores! What do omnivores eat? What is the world’s largest omnivore? Students read through the facts and answer the accompanying ...
1 Views 1,841 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - What Is A Herbivore?

Reading Comprehension - What Is A Herbivore?

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This reading comprehension includes some fun facts about herbivores! What is the world's smallest herbivore? What is a frugivore? Students read through the facts and answer the accompanying study ...
1 Views 1,257 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - What Is A Carnivore?

Reading Comprehension - What Is A Carnivore?

, , , Reading Comprehension
This reading comprehension includes some interesting facts about carnivores! What is the world's largest carnivore? What is a scavenger? Students read through the text and answer the accompanying ...
1 Views 1,227 ElemPre-Int
Reading Comprehension - The Seasons

Reading Comprehension - The Seasons

, , Reading Comprehension
The Earth orbits the Sun every 365 days and while it does this, it also spins on its axis every 24 hours. Because the Earth’s axis is slightly tilted, each part of the planet is getting a d ...
1 Views 1,877 ElemPre-Int
Study Guide - Themes: Romeo and Juliet

Study Guide - Themes: Romeo and Juliet

Digital Theatre Plus
, Reading Comprehension
Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from lite ...
1 Views 1,888 IntAdvExam
Quiz Questions - Macbeth

Quiz Questions - Macbeth

Digital Theatre Plus
, Reading Comprehension
Test your students’ knowledge of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. These questions have been curriculum mapped against QCR and AQA, to ensure you and your students meet the learning objectives. ...
1 Views 1,771 AdvExam
Quiz Questions - Frankenstein

Quiz Questions - Frankenstein

Digital Theatre Plus
, Reading Comprehension
Test your students’ knowledge on Frankenstein. These questions have been curriculum mapped against QCR and AQA, to ensure you and your students meet the learning objectives. Tired of searc ...
1 Views 1,672 IntAdvExam
Quiz Questions - Romeo and Juliet

Quiz Questions - Romeo and Juliet

Digital Theatre Plus
, Reading Comprehension
Test your students’ knowledge of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. These questions have been curriculum mapped against QCR and AQA, to ensure you and your students meet the learning obj ...
1 Views 1,673 IntAdvExam
Virtual Classroom: English Universal Questions

Virtual Classroom: English Universal Questions

Digital Theatre Plus
, Reading Comprehension
This resource includes a list of questions and tasks to guide your study of any play, they’re intentionally non-specific so that they can be used with a wide variety of plays. You may need ...
1 Views 4,227 IntAdvExam
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 13,266 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 10,656 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 6,994 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 17,730 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 16,419 Elem
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 7,650 ElemPre-Int

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