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Comprehension collection

Resources | Published 30 April, 2012

Reading for understanding is one of the most important skills students needs to succeed across the curriculum. Try these hand-picked skills-based and case study resources to help students become confident with comprehension.

Primary

Heart and mind

  • Handy acronyms help pupils to develop their reading skills with this comprehension compendium.

‘Twas brillig

  • Develop comprehension confidence with this classroom favourite –Jabberwocky – with reading resources.

The wool she spins; the words you read

  • 3-tiered differentiated comprehension tasks with extracts from the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin.

Inferring ideas

  • Set of skills-based activities to help pupils comprehend with confidence.

Letters in space

  • Fly to the moon with this Neil Armstrong text and questions; introduce pupils to the spectacular space race while developing their reading skills.

A picture tells a thousand stories

  • In our multi-media society reading images is as important as reading words, try this fantastic picture and word card pack to help pupils decipher different scenes.

A picture tells a thousand stories

  • In our multi-media society reading images is as important as reading words, try this fantastic picture and word card pack to help pupils decipher different scenes.

Digging for understanding

  • Take a trip to Tutankhamun’s tomb and discover Howard Carter’s exciting tale in this comprehension activity about his amazing find.

Jolly Postman’s checklist

  • A quick post-reading multiple choice sheet to see if pupils understanding the Jolly Postmans’ journey.

Play to read

  • Colourful picture comprehension game to help pupil develop identification skills.

Comprehension question types

  • Bright and clear introduction to the different kinds of questions Year 2 pupils will encounter in comprehension tests.

Secondary

Layman’s language

  • Colourful and clear posters which explain comprehension commands in simple terms.

Murder! Murder!

  • Solve the literary clues in this murder mystery to puzzle together who the killer is – an innovative way to get students reading for understanding.

Guided through words

  • From the novel to short story this booklet is a great reference resource for students heading to the exam hall soon.

Report what you read

  • Reading to understand is one skill, but responding is quite another. Help students fine-tune their comprehension answers with this starter.

Between the lines

  • Encourage students to infer and deduct with this thought provoking skills-based lesson.

Paying attention

  • With a quick-thinking starter and active group comprehension, this lesson provides an engaging way to improve reading skills.

Boy in the striped pyjamas

  • Explore this heart-wrenching story of forbidden friendship through a scheme of work brimming with creative comprehension tasks.

Untangling the snake-filled hair

  • Comprehension questions to check students’ understand of Medusa’s metaphors in the poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

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