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Comprehension teaching resources

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.

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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