This information about the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate was designed for my classroom of ESL students. They find the Canadian government unit very complicated so I simplified the information keeping only the essentials facts and removing all the information that may add to the students confusion.
Included within the reading is "Stop and Check" points to encourage students to stop reading and check for understanding. Some of the questions ask the students to search the reading to answer the questions. While other questions ask students to think beyond the text.
I have tried this activity with my students in a grade 5-9 classroom with great success. After the first reading, students expressed a clearer understanding of the topics.