KS3 Comprehension contains 6 self-contained text extracts with reading comprehension worksheet questions, accompanied by model answers.
This 51-page teaching pack is versatile enough to be used in class, as a sequence of homework tasks, or for end-of-term/year assessments and cover lessons.
KS3 Comprehension helps students complete the transition from primary to secondary level and provides an effective introduction to 19th century and early 20th century literature. The extracts are suitable for year 7 and year 8 reading comprehension lessons and can be used to supplement existing schemes of work.
This pack is an adapted version of our Primary Comprehension teaching pack, and contains newly commissioned KS3 curriculum questions, replacement texts and a selection of supporting resources.
Extract 1 – Five Children and It by E. Nesbitt
Extract 2 – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Extract 3 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Extract 4 – Odin’s Reward by Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
Extract 5 – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Extract 6 – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Additional resources to support reading comprehension
This sample shows the comprehension questions for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:
1. Why is there not a moment to be lost?
2. ‘… away went Alice like the wind ...’ What does the simile ‘like the wind’ tell you?
3. Look at the paragraph which begins: ‘There were doors all round the hall …’
Why is Alice walking ‘sadly’ in this paragraph?
4. ‘... but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small’
Which of the following is closest in meaning to ‘alas’?
Interestingly! Oh dear! Amazing! Surprise!
5. What does the author’s use of this word ‘alas’ suggest to us about how Alice feels?
6. In the next sentence beginning ‘However …’ Alice’s feelings change. Explain what this change is, and how you know (try to use a quotation).
7. In the next line ‘… even if my head would go through,” thought poor Alice …’ the author calls her ‘poor’. Why?
8. How do we know that Alice feels more cheerful after drinking the contents of the bottle?
Is it because the author tells us:
a. she found the taste of the drink ‘very nice’ so she ‘finished it off’,
b. she has a ‘curious feeling’ or
c. ‘her face brightened’.
9. What clues are there that Alice is someone who doesn’t give up easily?
10. At the end, why does Alice ‘sit down and cry’?
Write the next two paragraphs of the story. In your writing, you need to ensure that the following questions are answered:
a. Does Alice get the key?
b. Does Alice open the door to the garden?
c. Does the White Rabbit / another character appear?
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