Interest-based reading comprehension exercises for reluctant readers, with positive life lessons, and comprehensions questions featuring high frequency verbs
The best book for a reluctant reader is a book they are interested in. But some reluctant readers don’t want to tackle a whole book.
These short passages are designed to engage reluctant readers with topics that play to common interests. The exercises provide reluctant readers with an opportunity to showcase their expert knowledge on topics they love – something many struggling readers miss out on when it comes to academic topics.
Within the passages themselves, we have embedded helpful ‘life lessons’ and themes of empowerment. These are designed to encourage reluctant readers to be brave and to keep trying, and to apply lessons to their real lives at home and school.
In formulating the comprehension questions (10 questions for each of the 10 topics), we have used verbs commonly used in exams, including ‘identify’, ‘describe’, ‘compare’, ‘explain’, ‘justify’, ‘recount’, ‘narrate’ and ‘apply’. We have also included questions requiring inference and discourse-level responses to help students to practice their oral language skills in connected speech.
Features reading passages about:
- Mario Kart
- The Avengers
- Disney Princesses
- Steam Trains