IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING

IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
IN THE NEWS! Reading passages and writing pack, DISTANCE LEARNING
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March 2020

As many people will be home schooling/distance learning in the coming months, I am making all of my premium products available at half price until the end of April.

They are simple resources for anyone to use. Just print and go. Answers provided. And I pack the sheets with info so they don't involve lots of ink and paper!

I will also increase the amount of free products in my store.

It's the least I can do at a time like this. Stay safe!

Richard - Reading For Success x :-)



These reading comprehensions will test your student’s reading skills as they explore three engaging news stories from March 2018. Using research skills and their reporter’s notebooks, the young journalists will find out about:

The vandalism of a precious Chinese statue in Philadelphia

The discovery of the world’s oldest message in a bottle

The world’s most powerful rocket is successfully launched

Each story comes with questions and answers, and will require students to summarise stories; think critically and recall facts.

A template for a news story is also provided so children can write them up for themselves. A scaffold is included to show them how to fill in the boxes. Finally, posters are enclosed if you want to make the students’ work into a simple, effective display.

As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material.



4: What is the Terracotta Army?

5: IT’S A RECORD BREAKER! World’s oldest message in a bottle.

6: ROCKET MAN! Elon Musk sends car into space.

7-10: Questions

11-14: Answers

15: How to write a newspaper article

16: Newspaper template

17-19: Posters for display


While you are here...

I have compiled a number of other comprehensions that you may be interested in. I’m sure your students would love to find out about these exciting stories

The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot

Mysteries of the World

World War One

Christmas Reading Comprehensions

The Royal Family

Stories of Survival

The above titles are also all featured in my Mega Comprehension bundle:

Mega Text Bundle

You should also check out the following comprehensions, which are not part of the bundle:

World War Two Diaries

Around the World in 8 Days

Movie Blockbusters

The Day the World Stood Still

Stars of Rio 2016

Festivals of the World

Black History Month

On Safari!

In the News!


Leaders and Presidents

The Fawkes Files

WW1: How The War Was Won

Easter: Characters of the Cross

A bit about me:

Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are of great importance for students to know about.

Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops.

Your students will benefit from my reading comprehensions in guided reading, close reading, and lessons right across the curriculum. The comprehensions are closely aligned with Common Core, testing and developing skills in summarising, recall, inference, word meaning and contextual understanding.

I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down!

Check out my store if you enjoy this – you’re sure to find more. Thanks!

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