ESL Reading Comprehension: Independent Activity

May 10, 2014

To help my students with their ESL reading comprehension, I encourage them to read an immense amount of English in their spare time. From newspapers to ESL readers, I want my students reading! I use the following ESL Reading Comprehension Sheet as a way for students to check their comprehension in a fun and engaging way. Students are given this sheet to use when they are finished reading something.

This activity is especially useful in a multilevel ESL classroom.


INDEPENDENT READING ACTIVITIES

Choose 4 Activities

(you can choose more if you have time!)


Pick One

Pick One

CHARACTERS:

List the Characters of the book

SETTING:

Describe where the reading takes place.

QUIZ: 

Write a 10 question quiz in English

MOST IMPORTANT SCENE:    

1. Draw the most important scene from the story.

2. Write why this scene is important

TIMELINE:

Create a timeline for the reading in English

A NEW PERSPECTIVE:

Choose one part of the reading, and rewrite it from a different perspective.

VOCABULARY TEST:

Make a vocabulary test from words in the reading

WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?

State the main idea of the reading. Write a short essay about your opinion of the reading.

STORYBOARD:

Illustrate a six picture storyboard for the reading. At the top of each picture, describe what is happening in English.

LIST EVENTS:

Create a list of what happened in the reading.

ASK THE AUTHOR:

Write 3 questions you would like to ask the author about this reading.

WRITE A REVIEW:

Tell us your opinion of the book…Did you like it? Why or why not? What is the best part?