What is Comprehension?
Comprehension is the ability to grasp something mentally and the capacity to understand ideas and facts.
What is a Comprehension Skill?
Comprehension skills are the ability to use context and prior knowledge to aid reading and to make sense of what one reads and hears.
Comprehension is based on:
- Knowledge that reading makes sense
- Reader's prior knowledge
- Information oresented in the textd
- The use of context to assist recognition of words and meaning
Critical Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Our critical reading worksheets teach students to read and think critically. After reading a passage, students are tested on their ability to draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer the meaning of useful vocabulary words. Unlike other worksheets in this section, these lack images. This allows students to work free from distraction and forces them to rely on nothing more than the text to derive their answers.
Short Story Reading Comprehension Worksheets
In this series, readers are tested on their ability to perform interpretations, make deductions, and infer the meaning of vocabulary words based on a short story. Worksheets in this series are not tagged with a US grade level, as we rely on teachers to use their own judgment to find a level of difficulty appropriate for their own particular applications.
Informational Passages Reading Comprehension Worksheets
In these free reading comprehension worksheets, students are asked questions about information they have read about a specific topic. Each passage reads similar to a newspaper of journal article, and provides interesting information about some aspect of history, nature, mechanics, science, art, and more. Questions involve critical thinking with a focus on logic and inference.
Technical Reading Comprehension Worksheets
In these free reading comprehension worksheets, students are asked questions about the meaning, significance, intention, structure, inference, and vocabulary used in each passage. Each passage reads like an encyclopedic or technical journal article. Answers for worksheets in this section can be found at the end of each individual worksheet.
Role Play Reading Comprehension Worksheets
In these free reading comprehension worksheets, students can increase their understanding of colloquial and idiomatic expressions and get a feel for conversational English. They also allow several students to participate at the same time - which makes them really fun! Great for use in school or at home.
Dual Version Reading Comprehension Worksheets
In each of these free reading comprehension worksheets, the same story is told, but with two versions: one that is basic, and one that is more advanced. This allows students to make direct comparisons between the advanced version to the more basic one, and makes for a powerful learning experience.
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