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ESL

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

Free, printable and accessible online
– a perfect fit for ESL students

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ESL worksheets instructions

All worksheets have 3 versions:

1

Just the text

2

The text with the questions

3

The text with the questions and the answers

We constructed it this way in order to reduce the amount of pages you need to print.
We encourage you to print the version with the answers just once, for your own reference.

Use these texts online

We more strongly encourage you to use these texts online. Other than ecological reasons, practicing reading comprehension online is also much easier to grade, simplifies tracking of progress, adaptive to the level of the specific student, and increases motivation to practice with the students.

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ESL teaching tips

Reading Level for ESL is more than a grade

Students of all ages must start at the beginning when learning a new language. Teachers must take advantage of the student’s existing language skills in order to get the ball rolling. It is important to make the experience positive, and to encourage fun, rewarding practice.

Use existing skills to boost literacy

Students that are readers in their first language have a shortcut to learning to read in English. Encourage students to look for cognates (words that sound similar and have similar meanings between languages) and guide them to look for similar patterns in the structure. Languages parts are like puzzle pieces; students just need to be shown which pieces fit where.

Use a student’s prior knowledge to boost learning

For example, by discussing key concepts that might already be familiar prior to reading, students will have a topical foundation on which to build comprehension. Using pictures, video or acting out an idea helps English Learners use context clues to develop understanding and to make inferences while reading.

ESL worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the ESL level.

Surviving On Blood

Topic

Surviving On Blood

Lexile level

1200

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Identifying the main topic and key ideas

The Importance of Minerals

Topic

The Importance of Minerals

Lexile level

1020

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, Cause and effect comprehension

A Perfect Muffin

Topic

A perfect Muffin

Lexile level

930

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Identifying intent and conclusions, Central message

Joey and The Field Guide

Topic

Joey and The Field Guide

Lexile level

910

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

The President’s Speech

Topic

The President’s Speech

Lexile level

780

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying a problem, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Candy Store

Topic

Candy Store

Lexile level

800

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

lesson or moral, Identifying intent and conclusions, Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Cody Likes to Run

Topic

Cody Likes to Run

Lexile level

530

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral ,Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Cause and effect comprehension

Dear Emily

Topic

Dear Emily

Lexile level

470

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Summarizing (usually with written responses), Central message

The Drive home

Topic

The Drive home

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, Lesson or moral, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas

The Park

Topic

The Park

Lexile level

250

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

lesson or moral, Identifying the author’s point of view, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.