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1 Short Stories With Comprehension Questions X Level: Beginner X Collected by: El Hassan ABTTA Source: EnglishForEveryone.org

2 This is a collection of one of the best one-page reading comprehension passages for beginners that I downloaded from Englishforeveryone.org website. I combined them to form this booklet for easy printing. They teach students to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer the meaning of useful vocabulary words. They can be used whether in class or after class.

3 Table of Contents A Call To The Pool A Happy Visitor Adam... 3 Ann Anna... 1 Bella Hides Ben... 5 Big City Noise Boats Christmas Constructor Worker... 6 Country Life City Life Erin... 2 First Prize Griffin s Talents How are you? I Fly James... 7 John... 4 Julian s Work Mike My Family My Friend My House My Shoes for Maddy One Hundred Dollars Paul Cooks Rainy Day Rebecca... 8 Robert Running Seagulls... 13

4 Seeing Stars Talia s Special Day The The Drive The Interview The Singing Bird Tie Your shoes! Time to Tom What Number? What Time is it? Where Are My Glasses? Where Are My Keys? Yoshi... 9 Zach s Animals... 74

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6 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 1 Level 1 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Questions Anna is an artist. She draws the moon. She draws clouds. She draws stars. 1) Anna is A. an artist B. a doctor C. an actor 2) Anna draws things that are in the A. ground B. ocean C. sky 3) Anna draws A. shells B. stars C. flowers 4) Anna does not draw A. the moon B. clouds C. trees 5) Anna probably also draws A. airplanes B. trees C. fish 1 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

7 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 2 Level 1 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Erin is at a restaurant. She eats cookies. She eats ice cream. She eats cake. Questions 1) Where is Erin? A. She is at her house. B. She is at a restaurant. C. She is at school. 2) Erin eats A. breakfast B. dinner C. dessert 3) What food does Erin eat? A. cake B. cheese C. bananas 4) Erin does not eat A. pie B. cake C. cookies 5) Erin probably also eats A. bananas B. chocolates C. sandwiches 2 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

8 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 3 Level 1 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Adam is a chef. He cooks chicken. He cooks steak. He cooks pork. Questions 1) Adam is a A. waiter B. chef C. teacher 2) Adam cooks A. tomatoes B. steak C. bread 3) What kind of food does Adam cook? A. meat B. pasta C. fruit 4) Adam does not cook A. chicken B. pork C. apples 5) Adam probably also cooks A. green beans B. asparagus C. hamburgers 3 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

9 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 4 Level 1 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage John is at the park. He sees dogs. He sees birds. He sees ducks. Questions 1) Where is John? A. at the lake B. at the park C. at the store 2) What does John see? A. people B. friends C. animals 3) Which animal does John see? A. pigs B. tigers C. birds 4) John not see A. dogs B. cats C. birds 5) John probably also sees A. squirrels B. machines C. computers 4 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

10 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 5 Level 1 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Ben works on a farm. He grows corn. He grows peas. He grows carrots. Questions 1) Where does Ben work? A. on a farm B. at a store C. at a park 2) What kind of food does Ben grow? A. flowers B. vegetables C. animals 3) Ben grows A. potatoes B. carrots C. onions 4) Ben does not grow A. corn B. peas C. lettuce 5) Ben probably also grows A. chickens B. pigs C. tomatoes 5 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

11 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 1 Level 2 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage My father is a construction worker. He builds houses. He builds schools. He builds houses and schools. He uses a hammer and a saw. My brother is an engineer. He designs buildings. He designs bridges. He designs buildings and bridges. He uses a pencil and a calculator. My son is an athlete. He plays soccer. He plays tennis. He plays soccer and tennis. He uses a racket and a ball. My daughter is an artist. She draws pictures of animals. She draws pictures of people. She draws pictures of animals and people. She uses a pencil and a piece of paper. Questions 1) Who is a construction worker? A. my father B. my daughter C. my son 2) What does my brother do? A. He is a construction worker. B. He is an engineer. C. He is an artist. 3) Who uses a saw? A. my father B. my brother C. my son 4) Who uses a racket? A. my daughter B. my brother C. my son 5) Who uses a pencil? I. my brother II. my daughter III. my father A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 6) Who probably uses an eraser? A. my daughter B. my brother C. my son 6 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

12 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 2 Level 2 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage store. James wants a dog. He walks to the pet store. James sees the animals at the pet He sees the cats. He sees the rabbits. He sees the birds. He sees the mice. He sees the dogs. How much does the dog cost? James says. Twenty dollars, the man says. James gives the man twenty dollars. James buys the dog. The dog walks home with James. Now James has a pet. Questions 1) What kind of pet does James want? A. a bird B. a cat C. a dog 2) What kinds of animals does James see at the pet store? I. rabbits II. mice III. lizards A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 3) James does not see the 4) What pet does James buy? A. a bird B. a rabbit C. a dog 5) How much does the dog cost? A. 15 dollars B. 20 dollars C. 30 dollars 6) What is the best title for this passage? A. James Sees the Cats B. James Buys a Pet C. Twenty Dollars A. Mice B. fish C. cats 7 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

13 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 3 Level 2 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Rebecca likes to make cookies. She makes chocolate cookies. She makes nut cookies. Rebecca makes chocolate and nut cookies. Rebecca likes to make cakes. She makes yellow cakes. She makes white cakes. Rebecca makes yellow and white cakes. Rebecca likes to make pies. She makes apple pies. She makes lemon pies. Rebecca makes apple and lemon pies. Questions 1) What kinds of cookies does Rebecca make? A. chocolate and nut B. fudge and nut C. chocolate and oatmeal 2) What color are Rebecca s cakes? A. white and brown B. yellow and blue C. yellow and white 3) What kind of pie does Rebecca make? I. lemon pie II. cherry pie III. chocolate pie A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 4) Rebecca does not make A. cakes B. bread C. pies 5) Rebecca makes I. cakes II. cookies III. muffins A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 6) Rebecca makes A. nut pies and apple cakes B. chocolate pies and lemon cookies C. yellow cakes and chocolate cookies 7) Rebecca is a A. waiter B. baker C. chef 8) Rebecca probably also makes A. bread B. eggs C. candy 8 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

14 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 4 Level 2 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Yoshi is hungry. Yoshi wants to eat. Yoshi walks to the store. Yoshi walks to the grocery store. Yoshi walks to the grocery store because he wants something to eat. Yoshi arrives at the grocery store. It is late. The sky is dark. Yoshi buys an orange, an apple, a banana, and a mango. The orange costs 50 cents. The apple costs 60 cents. The banana costs 10 cents. The mango costs 90 cents. Questions 1) Yoshi walks to the grocery store because A. he wants something to buy B. he wants something to eat C. he cannot sleep 2) What time does Yoshi arrive at the store? A. at night B. in the morning C. in the afternoon 3) Yoshi buys A. a pineapple B. a tomato C. a banana 9 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

15 4) Yoshi does not buy A. a mango B. a plum C. an apple 5) What kind of food does Yoshi buy? A. fruit B. meat C. vegetables 6) How much does the orange cost? A. 50 cents B. 60 cents C. 70 cents 7) What is the most expensive thing at the store? A. the orange B. the mango C. the banana 8) What is the least expensive thing? A. the mango B. the apple C. the banana 9) How much money does Yoshi spend at the store? A. 2 dollars B. 2 dollars and 10 cents C. 2 dollars and 20 cents 10 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

16 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 5 Level 2 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Tom is going on a trip to the mountains. Tom needs to take his bag. The bag is brown. The bag is small. The bag is small and brown. bag. Tom opens the bag. Tom wants to put things in the bag. Tom wants to pack his Tom puts a toothbrush in the bag. Tom puts a map in the bag. Tom puts boots in the bag. Tom puts a camera in the bag. Tom puts a book in the bag. Tom closes the bag. But the bag cannot close! Tom takes the boots out of the bag. He puts them on his feet. Snap! Snap! Now the bag can close. Tom is ready to go! Questions 1) Where is Tom going? C. I, II, and III A. He is going on a trip to the city. B. He is going on a trip to the beach. C. He is going on a trip to the mountains. 2) Tom has a bag. His bag is I. small II. Brown III. old A. I only B. I and II only 11 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

17 3) What does Tom put in the bag? A. a map B. money C. a jacket A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 4) Tom does not put in the bag. A. boots B. a camera C. a hat 5) If you pack a bag, this mean you A. take things out of it B. put things into it C. open and close it 6) Using the things in the bag, Tom can on the trip. A. go fishing B. take pictures C. make a tent 7) After Tom puts his things in the bag, he the bag. A. puts B. closes C. opens 8) What does Tom take out of the bag? A. boots B. a camera C. a toothbrush 9) What is the best title for this passage? A. A Trip to the Mountains B. Tom Packs His Bag C. Tom Puts a Camera in the Bag 12 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

18 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 1 Level 3 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Seagulls live on the beach. They eat small fish, bread, and seaweed. Seagulls run quickly on the sand and fly quickly in the sky. Seagulls will run or fly away if you try to catch them. There are many seagulls on the beach. Crabs also live on the beach. They eat shrimp, ocean plants, and small fish. Crabs crawl quickly on the sand and in the ocean. Crabs will crawl away if you try to catch them. There are many crabs on the beach, but it is not always easy to see them. Starfish live on the beach, too. They eat clams, oysters, and small fish. Starfish move slowly on the sand and in the ocean. Starfish will not move away if you try to catch them. There are few starfish on the beach. Questions 1) Seagulls, crabs, and starfish all eat A. clams B. bread C. fish 2) Which animal does not move quickly? A. starfish B. seagulls C. crabs 3) Based on information in the passage, which sentence is false? A. Starfish are hard to catch. B. Crabs eat shrimp and ocean plants. C. Seagulls move quickly on the sand and in the air. 4) The passage does not talk about A. what starfish eat B. how crabs catch food C. how fast beach animals move 13 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

19 5) According to the passage, seagulls I. live on the beach II. move quickly in the ocean III. eat bread only A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 6) Based on information in the passage, which animal would you be most likely to see at the beach? A. crabs B. seagulls C. starfish 7) Based on information in the passage, we can understand that A. the beach is not as nice as the mountains B. the beach is a good place to vacation C. many animals live at the beach 14 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

20 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 2 Level 3 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage There are many kinds of boats. One kind of boat is called a sailboat. A sailboat uses the wind to move. W ind makes a sailboat move in the water. The wind pushes the sailboat. W ind fills the sails. The sailboat moves when the wind blows. One kind of boat is called a motorboat. A motorboat uses a motor to move. The motor gives power to the boat. The motorboat moves when the motor is running. The motorboat makes a loud noise. One kind of boat is called a rowboat. A rowboat needs people to move it. People make a rowboat move in the water. People use oars to move a rowboat. Oars are long and flat. Oars go into the water. A rowboat moves when people use the oars. Questions As you can see, there are many kinds of boats. 1) Which boat uses the wind to move? A. a sailboat B. a rowboat C. a motorboat 2) Which boat makes a loud noise? A. a sailboat B. a motorboat C. a rowboat 3) What is used to move a rowboat? A. wind B. a motor C. oars 4) According to the passage, oars are A. short and fat B. long and flat C. big and heavy 15 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

21 5) This passage is mainly about A. different kinds of boats B. where to use a rowboat C. how to make a boat 6) Which boat(s) can still move if there is no wind? I. a motorboat II. a rowboat III. a sailboat A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 7) Tom doesn't like loud noises. Which boat(s) does he probably like to ride in? I. a sailboat II. a rowboat III. a motorboat A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 8) What would be the best title for this passage? A. Boats that Make Noise B. The Sailboat and the Motorboat C. Three Kinds of Boats 16 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

22 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 3 Level 3 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Christmas is my favorite holiday. My grandmother makes ham, salad, and cupcakes on Christmas. I also get a present on Christmas! Last year I got a new set of paint brushes. This year I hope to get new pencils and a drawing pad. I always have fun on Christmas. Halloween is another good holiday. My grandmother makes candy corn and cupcakes on Halloween. People wear costumes during Halloween. Last year I wore a skeleton costume. This year I am going to wear a zombie costume. July 4 is a good holiday. July 4 is the birthday of the United States of America. My grandmother makes hot dogs and salad on July 4. I don t have to go to school on July 4. But I don t get any presents either. If I got presents on July 4 it would be my favorite holiday. Questions 1) When does the author s grandmother make cupcakes? I. Christmas II. Halloween III. July 4 A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 2) Which holiday does the author like most? A. Christmas B. Halloween C. Easter 3) Based on the things the author gets for Christmas, we can understand that he likes A. sports B. art C. music 17 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

23 4) What is the author s favorite thing about holidays? A. not going to school B. eating candy C. getting presents 5) What costume did the author wear for Halloween last year? A. a skeleton costume B. a zombie costume C. a pumpkin costume 6) Based on what you know about the author, what costume will he probably wear next year? A. a pumpkin costume B. a flower costume C. a ghost costume 7) This story is mainly about A. why the author likes some holidays B. how someone can get out of school C. which foods are the best to eat on different holidays 8) What is the best title for this passage? A. The Holidays I Like B. Why Christmas is Best C. Hot Dogs and Salad 18 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

24 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 4 Level 3 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage On Monday, Robert works at the bank. He plants three bushes. He plants eight yellow flowers. He plants three trees. shovel. On Tuesday, Robert works at the school. He plants five red flowers. He digs a hole with a On Wednesday, Robert works at the hospital. He plants twelve bushes. On Thursday, Robert works at the school. He plants two trees. He plants sixteen white flowers. He digs four holes with a shovel. On Friday, Robert works at the grocery store. He plants two bushes. He plants one tree. Questions 1) Where does Robert work on W ednesday? A. at the hospital B. at the school C. at the grocery store 2) What does Robert do on Tuesday? A. He plants twelve purple bushes. B. He plants five red flowers and digs a hole with a shovel. C. He plants two trees, plants sixteen white flowers, and digs four holes with a shovel. 3) How many holes does Robert dig during the week? A. one B. three C. five 4) How many yellow flowers does Robert plant? A. five B. eight C. sixteen 19 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

25 5) How many bushes does Robert plant during the week? A. twelve B. fifteen C. seventeen 6) Where does Robert plant white flowers? A. at the bank B. at the school C. at the hospital 7) Robert works at the school on I. Tuesday II. Thursday III. Friday A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 8) Robert plants bushes at the I. bank II. hospital III. grocery store A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 9) Based on information in the passage, we can understand that Robert is a A. doctor B. teacher C. landscaper 20 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

26 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 5 Level 3 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Passage Ann rides her bicycle. Ann rides her little bicycle to work. Ann rides her little, red bicycle to work every day. Nina rides the bus. Nina rides the big bus to work. Nina rides the big, slow bus to work every day. Luis rides the train. Luis rides the big train to work. Luis rides the big, fast train to work every day. Carlos walks. Carlos walks to work. Carlos walks on the crowded sidewalk to work every day. Questions 1) Where do Ann, Nina, Luis, and Carlos go every day? A. They go to work. B. They go to the bus stop. C. They go to the bicycle store. 2) Who rides a bicycle to work? A. Ann B. Nina C. Luis 3) What does Nina ride to work? A. the train B. her bicycle C. the bus 21 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

27 4) Who rides to work? A. Ann, Nina, and Luis B. Nina, Luis, and Carlos C. Ann and Luis 5) According to the passage, what is big? I. the train II. the bus III. the bicycle A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 6) According to the passage, what is little? I. the bicycle II. the bus III. the train A. I only B. I and II only C. I, II, and III 7) Who probably uses the most energy to get to work? A. Ann B. Nina C. Luis 8) How is Carlos different than Ann, Nina, and Luis? A. Carlos rides the bus to work and the others ride the train. B. Carlos walks to work and the others ride a vehicle. C. Carlos rides his bicycle and the others ride the bus. 22 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

28 READTHEORY Reading Comprehension 1 Level 4 Name_ Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below. Today, Mike and his mom are going to the library. Mike wants to find a book to read. His mom wants to use a computer there. When they get to the library, Mike finds a book about detectives. He also finds a book with chapters about a friendly ghost. Finally, he finds a book about a man who lives in the woods without food or water. He puts the books on the front desk and waits for his mom. Mike's mom sits at one of the computers in the library. She checks her and looks at pictures of flowers on the internet. Then she reads a news article on a website. Mike's mom leaves the computer and walks over to Mike, holding up something out for him. Mike looks at her quizzically. It takes him a moment to recognize what she is holding. I got that movie for us to watch tonight," says Mike's mom. Are you ready to leave? "Sure," Mike says, now holding the movie out in front of him. He reads the cover while walking back to the library entrance. He puts his books and the movie on the front desk to check out. A librarian stands behind the counter holding an electronic scanner. "How long can we keep them?" Mike asks her. "Three weeks," says the librarian. "Cool," says Mike. Suddenly, Mike is surprised. His mother is checking out something else that is too big to put on the desk. It s a picture of the ocean. "What is that for?" Mike asks. "To put on our wall at home," says Mike's mom. "You can do that?" Mike asks. Mike's mom smiles at the librarian. "Yes," she says, "but we have to return it in three months." 23 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

29 Questions 1) Based on the books Mike finds to check out, we can tell that he is interested in A. science B. nature C. mystery D. adventure 2) While at the computer, Mike's mom I. checks her mail II. looks at pictures III. reads an article A. I only B. I and II only C. II and III only D. I, II, and III 3) According to the passage, how long can Mike and his mother use the books and the movie before they must return them to the library? A. one week B. two weeks C. three weeks D. four weeks 4) Based on its use in paragraph 4, it can understood that quizzically belongs to which of the following word groups? A. abnormally, strangely, weirdly B. casually, carelessly, indifferently C. passionately, keenly, intensely D. inquisitively, questioningly, curiously 5) As used in paragraph 5, the phrase "check out" most nearly means A. to see B. to rent C. to find D. to buy 6) What does Mike's mom want to do with the picture of the ocean? A. She wants to buy it. B. She wants to hang it on her wall. C. She wants to give it to her friend as a gift. D. She wants to donate it to the library. 24 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

30 7) Using the passage as a guide, it can be understood that you can check out which of the following things from the library? I. pictures II. furniture III. computers A. I only B. I and II only C. II and III only D. I, II, and III 8) Which of the following would be the best title for this passage? A. Mike's Mom B. A Picture of the Ocean C. At the Library D. Books, Computers, Movies, and Pictures 25 Copyright Read Theory LLC, All rights reserved.

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32 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name A Call to the Pool Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My name is Sam. Today is very hot. The sun is very strong. I am hot. I want to be cool. How can I get cool? Wait...I know! I can go to the pool. The pool is cool. I can swim in the pool. Is the pool open? Or is the pool closed? Where is the phone? I need to call the pool. I need to find out if the pool is open or closed. Ring! Ring! Hello. My name is Andrea. I am at the pool. Can I help you? Hi, Andrea. Is the pool open? "Yes. The pool is open." Okay. Thank you! You are welcome. Bye! Great! The pool is open! Now I can cool down! Questions: 1) What is the weather like today? 2) Sam is hot, but Sam wants to be A. It is cold. B. It is cool. C. It is warm. D. It is hot. 3) How can Sam get cool? A. He can go to the library. B. He can go to the pool. C. He can go to school. D. He can go to work. A. cold B. cool C. warm D. hot 4) Why does Sam talk to Andrea? A. because she is his friend B. because she knows his sister C. because Sam needs to know what time it is D. because Sam wants to know if the pool is open 5) Is the pool open? A. Yes, the pool is open. B. No, the pool is not open. The pool is closed. 26

33 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name A Happy Visitor Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. It is Thursday. It is raining today. It is a rainy day. Anna is inside the house. Anna is watching TV. Anna is watching TV inside the house. Anna cannot go outside. It is raining outside. Anna cannot go outside because it is raining outside. Anna is bored. Wait! Anna hears someone at the door. Someone is at the door of her house. Anna opens the door. What does Anna see? Anna sees a dog. The dog is small. Anna sees a small dog. The dog is wet. The dog is wet from the rain. "Awww! You are all wet!" Anna says to the dog. "You are very cute!" "Mom!" Anna says. "Yes, dear?" says Anna's mom. "There is a dog here! There is a dog at the door!" Anna says. "What?" says Anna's mom. "A dog?" Anna's mom comes to the door. Anna's mom sees the wet dog. The wet dog looks cute. "Can we keep it?" asks Anna. "Yes, we can," says Anna's mom. The dog is happy. 27

34 Questions: 1) What is at the door of the house? A. a man B. a cat C. a dog D. a snake 2) What happens at the end of the story? A. Anna keeps the dog. B. Anna takes the dog to the hospital. C. Anna s mom feeds the dog. D. Anna dries the dog with a towel. 3) Is the dog dry or wet? A. The dog is dry. B. The dog is wet. 4) How does the wet dog look? I. strong II. cute III. small A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 5) What day of the week is it in the story? A. Monday B. Tuesday C. Wednesday D. Thursday Do you think Anna should keep the dog? Why or why not? 28

35 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name An Adventure Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Jaime is a boy. Jaime lives in a house. Jaime lives in the country. Jaime lives in a house in the country. Jaime has a dog. The dog is named Go-Go. Jaime and Go-Go are friends. Jaime and Go-Go are bored. They want to do something new. They want to do something fun. They want to do something exciting. Jaime and Go-Go walk out of the house. They walk across the yard. They walk across the field. They jump over the fence. The fence is on the other side of the field. Jaime sees a mountain. The mountain is very tall. The top of the mountain is in the clouds. Jaime looks at the mountain. We are going to the top of that mountain, Jaime says. Go-Go looks nervous. Don't be nervous, Jaime says. Go-Go runs after Jaime. They walk toward the mountain. Jaime stops. He looks back at the house. I am a little tired, Jaime says to Go-Go. Go-Go licks Jaime s face. Jaime turns around. Come on, Go-Go. We will climb the mountain tomorrow, Jaime says. Jaime starts to walk home. Go-Go runs after Jaime. 29

36 Questions: 1) Where does Jaime live? 2) What kind of animal is Go-Go? A. He lives in a house in the city. B. He lives in an apartment in the country. C. He lives in a house in the country. D. He lives in an apartment in the city. A. a dog B. a cat C. a pig D. a bird 3) In the middle of the story, they walk across the field. This means they walk A. under the field B. close to the field C. away from the field D. from one side of the field to the other side 4) What does Jaime do at the beginning of the story? A. go home B. walk out of the house C. go fishing in the river D. climb a mountain 5) What does Jaime want to do at the end of the story? A. go home B. climb a mountain C. go fishing in the river D. play a game with Go-Go 6) Why is Go-Go nervous? A. He is hungry. B. He wants to play catch. C. He doesn t want to go home. D. He doesn t want to climb the mountain. 7) Jaime says he will climb the mountain tomorrow. Is this true? A. probably B. probably not Would you like to live in the city, or would you like to live in the country? Why? I would like to live in the because 30

37 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Belllla Hides Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Bella is hiding. She is behind the sofa with her pet puppy, Sir. Bella is hiding from her mom. She does not want to go to the doctor. Bella? calls Bella s mom in a sweet voice. Where are you? Bella s mom looks in the closet. She looks in the kitchen. She looks next to the bookcase. Bella always hides when she is scared. Bella is very quiet. Sir begins to jump around behind the sofa. Bella s mom hears the noise. She looks behind the sofa with a smile. She holds out her hand. Don t be scared, says Bella s mom. The doctor just wants to check your ears. Will I have to get a shot? asks Bella. No, says her mom. That makes Bella feel better. Bella grabs her mom s hand. They go to see the doctor. Questions: 1) Why is Bella hiding? I. She is looking for her puppy. II. She is scared. III. She is doesn t want to go to the doctor. A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 2) Who or what is hiding with Bella? A. her mom B. her sister C. her puppy D. her friend 3) Who is looking for Bella? A. her mom B. her puppy C. the doctor D. her sister 4) Where does Mom find Bella? A. in the kitchen B. in the closet C. next to the bookcase D. behind the sofa 31

38 Questions (continued): 5) How does Mom find Bella? 6) When does Bella hide? A. Bella makes a noise. B. Dad helps Mom. C. Mom sees Bella's leg. D. The puppy makes a noise. A. when she is bored B. when she is scared C. when she is happy D. all the time 7) What does Mom say will happen when Bella sees the doctor? A. Bella will get her ears checked. B. Bella will get a shot. C. Bella will get to bring her puppy. D. Bella will get her eyes checked. 8) How does Bella feel when Mom says she will not get a shot? A. angry B. better C. smart D. tired Have you ever been nervous about going to the doctor? Explain. 32

39 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name My name is Olaf. Biig City Noise Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. I live in a big city. I live on a busy road. During the day and at night, cars go by. Buses go by. Trucks go by. People do not seem to hear the noise during the day. But at night, the noise makes it hard to sleep. My road has a lot of animals, too. People keep their animals outside in their yards at night. There are cats. There are dogs. The dogs make a lot of noise. To me, the dogs are like the trucks. The dogs are like the cars. The dogs are like the buses. All of them are loud! One dog barks more than the others do. His name is Simba. Simba is Mr. Cheek s dog. That is a very bad dog. He keeps me up at night, says Mr. Lucas. Mr. Lucas lives next door to Mr. Cheek. You should give him away, says Mr. Lucas. This makes Mr. Cheek very mad. "You should not sleep with your windows open," says Mr. Cheek. "You should take your dog inside at night," yells Mr. Lucas. The two men argue about Simba s barking almost every day. I think this is funny. To me, Simba is as bad as the cars. He is as bad as the buses. He is as bad as the trucks. This is what living in a big city is like. There is a lot of noise. 33

40 Questions: 1) In what place does Olaf live? A. in a small apartment B. in a big city C. in a quiet neighborhood D. in a busy town 2) According to Olaf, what makes noise? I. dogs II. buses III. airplanes A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 3) What goes by at night? A. bikes B. cats C. dogs D. trucks 4) Why may people not seem to hear the noise during the day? A. because it is quiet B. because they are sleepy C. because they are busy doing other things D. because they do not hear well during the day 5) What is Olaf s road like? I. It is dirty. II. It is noisy. III. It is busy. A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 6) Which noise makes Mr. Lucas mad? A. cats meowing B. trucks going by C. a dog barking D. people talking 7) Who argues every day? A. Mr. Lucas and Olaf B. Olaf and Mr. Cheek C. Simba and Mr. Lucas D. Mr. Lucas and Mr. Cheek 8) What could Mr. Cheek do to help Mr. Lucas sleep? A. get a cat B. not argue with him C. not drive his car at night D. take his dog inside at night 34

41 Questions (continued): 9) What could Mr. Lucas do to sleep better? A. close his windows at night B. not argue with Mr. Cheek C. go to bed later D. talk to Olaf 10) Who says Simba is a bad dog? A. Olaf B. Mr. Lucas C. Olaf and Mr. Lucas A. no one 11) Who does Mr. Cheek live next door to? A. Olaf B. Mr. Lucas C. Olaf and Mr. Lucas D. no one 12) What does Olaf mean when he says Simba is as bad as the buses? A. that Simba barks at the buses B. that Simba and the buses argue C. that Simba runs down the street at night D. that Simba and the buses both make noise 13) According to Olaf, what could be done about noise in a big town? A. People could ride bikes. B. Dogs could be inside. C. People could walk everywhere. D. Nothing can be done. Is it better to live in the city or in the country? Why? 35

42 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Fiirstt Prize Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My name is Tess and I ride horses. I ride them in the circus. I ride them in parades. I ride them in shows. I am riding in a horse show today. My horse runs. My horse jumps. My horse dances. I hold on! My horse is the best. I named her Twin. I feel like the horse and I are the same when I ride her. My mother is not at the horse show. She has to work. My father is there. He claps. He yells. He smiles. The show ends. A man announces the winners. "First Prize goes to Tess and Twin!" he says. He gives me a blue ribbon. I am very excited. My dad gives me a hug. "You won!" he says. My dad and I go home. My dad tells my mom about my ribbon. She cries. She gives me a big hug. Your hard work is showing, she says. 36

43 Questions: 1) Where does Tess ride her horse? I. in shows II. at school III. on a farm A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 2) What does Tess need to do while her horse runs and jumps? A. dance B. hold on C. sing D. stand up 3) Why did Tess probably name her horse Twin? A. because Tess has a twin B. because there are two horses C. because another horse looks very similar to Twin D. because Tess feels the same as Twin when she rides her 4) Where is Tess's mother during the show? A. She is at work. B. She is at the show. C. She is at home. D. She is with Tess father. 5) Why does Tess's father yell? A. He is angry. B. He needs help. C. He is surprised. D. He is excited. 6) What prize does Tess win in the horse show? A. The Gold Star B. Winner s Prize C. new riding boots D. First Prize 7) What color ribbon does Tess get? A. green B. blue C. purple D. red 8) How does Tess's mom feel about the ribbon? I. worried II. happy III. proud A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 37

44 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Griffin plays the violin. Griiffffiin s Talents Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. He takes lessons after school on Tuesdays. Griffin s violin teacher is Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas tells Griffin to practice every day. Griffin practices his violin on most days. On the days Griffin does not practice his violin, he plays soccer with his friends or fixes old clocks for fun. You are a boy of many talents, Griffin s parents tell him. That means you are good at doing many things. Griffin likes it when his parents say this to him. He loves playing the violin. He loves playing soccer. He loves fixing clocks. Griffin loves to do many things, but he does not have the time to do them all every day. Questions: 1) What does Griffin play? I. tennis II. soccer III. the violin A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 2) When does Griffin take violin lessons? A. on Tuesdays after soccer B. on Thursdays after soccer C. on Tuesdays after school D. on Thursdays after school 3) When does Mr. Thomas tell Griffin to practice? A. every day B. most days C. only on Tuesdays D. when he wants to 4) When does Griffin practice the violin? A. every day B. most days C. never D. only on Tuesdays 38

45 Questions (continued): 5) How does Griffin feel about the violin? A. He loves it. B. He thinks it is hard. C. He hates to practice. D. He does not like the sound. 6) What things does Griffin love to do? I. read books II. fix old clocks III. play soccer with his friends A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 7) What does Mr. Thomas teach Griffin? A. to play soccer B. to fix old clocks C. to play the violin D. to build birdhouses 8) If you have many talents, this means you A. want to do a lot B. are good at playing the violin C. are busy doing many things D. are good at doing a lot of things 9) Why does Griffin not play the violin every day? A. He does not like the violin. B. He wants to play the piano. C. He is busy doing other things. D. His mom says not to play every day. Do you have a talent? What is it? Would you like to have a talent? 39

46 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name II Fly Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. I fly airplanes for a living. I am a pilot. Sometimes I take my little girl with me. Her name is Bristol. Bristol likes to look out the window of the airplane. She likes to look at the clouds. She thinks the clouds look like animals. She points at one with her finger. "I see a giraffe!" she says. I also have a little boy. My little boy does not like to be up high. He does not come with me on the airplane. He likes to play airplane with me. We play airplane when I get home. We run around the yard. We wave our arms in the air. We make airplane noises. Questions: 1) Who is telling this story? A. Bristol B. a little boy C. a pilot D. a friend 2) What does Bristol like to do in the airplane? A. look out the window B. run in the yard C. sit in the back D. be the pilot 3) Bristol points at something outside the window. What does she point at? A. a giraffe B. her dad C. a cloud D. a tree 4) Why doesn't the little boy like to fly? A. because he is very young B. because he is very little C. because he doesn t like airplanes D. because he is afraid to be up high 40

47 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Julliian s Work Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Julian works at the bookstore. First, his job is to unload boxes of books from the truck. Then he opens the boxes. After that, Julian puts the books in different piles. One pile is for books that tell true stories. These are called books of fact. Another pile is for books that tell stories that are not true. These are called books of fiction. Julian then puts the books on shelves in the bookstore. Putting books on shelves is what Julian likes to do best at work. When Julian has free time at work, he likes to read through all of the books. His favorite books are the ones that tell true stories about real people and their lives. On Sunday and Monday, Julian does not work at the bookstore. On these days, he stays at home. He uses this time to write a story about himself. Julian grew up in Peru. Now he lives in the United States. He works at the bookstore to pay for school. Julian wants to be a teacher. One day, he hopes to turn his story into a book. He hopes to see it at the bookstore. Questions: 1) Where does Julian work? 2) What must Julian do first at his job? A. on a truck B. at a bookstore C. in Peru D. at an art store A. open the boxes of books B. read through all of the books C. unload boxes of books D. sort through piles of books 41

48 Questions (continued): 3) What is the second thing Julian must do at his job? A. open boxes B. tape boxes shut C. put books on shelves D. put books in piles 4) In how many piles must Julian put the books? A. two B. three C. four D. six 5) In what piles are the books placed? A. easy and hard B. long and short C. true and not true D. funny and not funny 6) A book that contains a story that is not true is called A. a book of fact B. a book of fiction 7) Which word describes a story that is true? A. fact B. fiction 8) What does Julian like to do best at work? A. unload boxes B. open boxes C. put books in piles D. put books on shelves 9) What does Julian do during his free time at work? A. write stories B. read books C. tell stories D. put books on shelves 10) Which books does Julian like best? A. true books B. funny books C. sad books D. books with happy endings 11) Why does Julian work at the bookstore? A. to buy a house B. to pay for clothes C. to pay for school D. to pay for a trip to Peru 12) What does Julian hope to turn his story into? A. a book B. a movie C. a play D. a TV show 42

49 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name My Family Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Hi, my name is Eric. I am 12. I want to talk about my family. I have two sisters. Their names are Rachel and Carrie. Rachel is 18 years old. Carrie is 10 years old. They are very nice. My mother's name is Julia. She is 40 years old. My mother is also very nice. My father's name is Andre. He is smart. He is an engineer. He builds bridges. I also have a dog. My dog's name is Paw. He is a big dog. He is a brown dog. He is a big brown dog. I love my family. 43

50 Questions: 1) How many sisters do I have? 2) How old is my mom? A. one B. two C. three D. four A. twenty-five years old B. thirty years old C. thirty-five years old D. forty years old 3) My dad is A. a doctor B. a lawyer C. an engineer D. a construction worker 4) What is the name of my dog? A. Julia B. Paw C. Andre D. Carrie 5) What color is my dog? A. He is white. B. He is black. C. He is brown. D. He is yellow. 6) What is the name of my younger sister? A. Carrie B. Rachel C. Andre D. Julia 7) What is the name of my older sister? A. Carrie B. Rachel C. Andre D. Julia 8) Is my dog small or big? A. He is small. B. He is big. What is your family like? Can you describe the people in your family? 44

51 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name My Friend Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My name is Julie. I have a friend. My friend lives in California. My friend is a girl. She is seventeen years old. Her name is Jessica Roberts. Jessica is cool. I like her a lot. She likes to read. She is a good reader. She is good at math, too. It is her best subject. Jessica is smart. I like to eat lunch with her. We eat lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Jessica is my friend. Questions: 1) Where does Julie s friend live? 2) Is Julie s friend a girl or a boy? A. Colorado B. Texas C. California A. She is a girl. B. He is a boy. 3) How old is Julie s friend? A. 15 years old B. 16 years old C. 17 years old 4) What is Julie s friend's first name? A. Jenny B. Jessica C. Julie 45

52 Questions (continued): 5) What is my friend's last name? 6) What is Jessica's best subject? A. Rowan B. Randal C. Roberts A. English B. math C. science 7) How many days a week do I eat lunch with Jessica? A. 3 B. 5 C. 7 Do you have a good friend? What is he or she like? What things do you like to do together? 46

53 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name My House Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My house is in the United States. I live in the United States. The United States is a country. My house is in North Carolina. I live in North Carolina. North Carolina is a state. The weather in North Carolina is nice. It is sunny. The sky is blue. My house is in Chapel Hill. I live in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill is a city. It is a city on a hill. It is a city on a small mountain. My house is red. My house is brick. I live in a red brick house. Questions: 1) What is the United States? 2) What is North Carolina? A. a city B. a state C. a country A. a city B. a state C. a country 3) What is Chapel Hill? A. a city B. a state C. a country 4) How is the weather in Chapel Hill? A. rainy B. sunny C. cloudy 5) What is my house made of? 6) What color is my house? A. wood B. brick C. metal A. red B. blue C. yellow 7) What is a hill? A. a forest B. a large river C. a small mountain 47

54 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name New Shoes for Maddy Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Maddy loves to jump rope, ride her scooter, and ride her skateboard. One day, Maddy gets a hole in the shoes she likes best while riding her scooter. They are pink with hearts and a Velcro tab. Now she needs new shoes. Maddy's mom takes her to the department store on Saturday morning. The store is filled with people looking for shirts, dresses, pants, and toys. Maddy's mom takes her to the shoe area. The shoe area is crowded, and there is a long wait. Maddy does not mind. Maddy sees a pair of purple sneakers with orange laces. She sees a pair of red sandals with dots. She sees a pair of green flip-flops. She wants the purple sneakers. "But you do not know how to tie your laces," says Maddy's mom. "I will learn," says Maddy. Maddy's mother thinks. She does not want to tie Maddy's laces each morning before school. "If we buy the purple sneakers, you must learn to tie them before you can wear them to school," says Maddy's mom. "I will! I promise!" says Maddy. She is very happy. Maddy practices tying her laces for the rest of the day. She practices more on Sunday. Finally, she learns how to tie her laces. She gets to wear her new shoes to school on Monday. "I did it," she says with a big smile. Questions: 1) Why does Maddy need new shoes? A. Her shoes are too small. B. Her shoes are very old. C. She lost her favorite shoes. D. She got a hole in her shoes. 2) How does Maddy get a hole in her shoes? A. riding her skateboard B. riding her scooter C. jumping rope D. playing basketball 48

55 Questions (continued): 3) Which shoes have a hole? A. the green flip-flops B. the red sandals C. the pink shoes with hearts D. the purple sneakers 4) Which shoes does Maddy want to buy? A. the pink shoes with hearts B. the purple sneakers C. the green flip-flops D. the red sandals with dots 5) How does Maddy feel about the long wait at the store? A. She is mad about it. B. She is happy about it. C. She is excited about it. D. She feels okay about it. 6) Who does Maddy see in the store? A. a lot of people B. her older sister C. her friends from school D. one of her neighbors 7) When can Maddy wear her shoes to school? A. when she learns how to tie the laces B. as soon as she leaves the store C. after summer vacation D. tomorrow 9) What does Maddy's mom not want to do? A. buy Maddy new shoes B. buy Maddy green flip-flops C. buy more than one pair of shoes D. tie Maddy's shoes each morning 8) As used in paragraph 8, what does promise mean? A. that Maddy wants to learn to tie B. that Maddy will learn to tie C. that Maddy cannot learn to tie D. that Maddy might learn to tie 10) How might Maddy feel after learning to tie? I. happy II. proud III. nervous A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 11) What lesson did Maddy learn? A. Practice makes perfect. B. Do not ride a scooter with pink shoes. C. Be careful what you wish for. D. School is fun with new shoes. 49

56 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name One Hundred Dollars Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Leonard James is a homeless man. For him, life is always hard. He is always hungry. His shoes have holes in them. He needs a clothes are old and dirty. haircut. His What I would do with one hundred dollars! Leonard says. This is a game he likes to play with himself to take his mind off things. He is walking down the street on a Thursday night. The winter air is cold on his face. If I had one hundred dollars, I could buy new socks, he says. He continues to walk down the street. If I had one hundred dollars, I could get a haircut, he says. He continues to walk down the street. If I had one hundred dollars, I could buy new pants, he says. He continues to walk down the street. If I had one hundred dollars, I could get a hamburger, he says. His stomach rumbles at the thought. If I had. Leonard looks down at the sidewalk. He cannot believe what he sees! Someone has lost his wallet. Leonard picks it up. Inside are five twenty-dollar bills. One hundred dollars! Leonard says. He is very excited. Now I can buy everything I want! Then Leonard begins to think. But this is not my money, he says. Leonard goes to the police station. He gives a police officer the wallet and money. Thank you, says the police officer. You are a very honest man. Leonard smiles. He turns around and begins to leave the police station. Hold on, the police officer says. He reaches in his own pocket and gives Leonard ten dollars. Get yourself something to eat. 50

57 Questions: 1) What is life like for Leonard? A. It is hard. B. It is easy. C. It is warm. D. It is full of good food. 2) How does the reader know that Leonard is poor? I. He finds a wallet. II. He has no home. III. He is always hungry. A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 3) Why does Leonard think about what he would do with a hundred dollars? A. It helps him go to sleep. B. It takes his mind off things. C. The police officer asks him to. D. He knows he will find the money. 4) What time of year is it? A. spring B. summer C. fall D. winter 5) What does Leonard say he would do with a hundred dollars? I. get a haircut II. buy new clothes III. get a hotel room A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 6) Why does Leonard's stomach rumble? A. because he is hungry B. because he is tired C. because his clothes are dirty D. because he is homeless 7) He cannot believe what he sees. What is another way to write this sentence? A. He thinks what he sees is crazy. B. He feels what he sees is good luck. C. He thinks what he sees cannot be true. D. He thinks what he sees is scary. 8) Why does Leonard go to the police station? A. because he owes money B. because he wants a reward C. because the wallet is not his D. because he has committed a crime 51

58 Questions (continued): 9) What kind of man does Leonard seem to be? A. bad B. dumb C. good D. old 10) As used at the end of the story, what does it mean to be honest? A. to feel good B. to want more C. to be truthful D. to be hopeful 11) How does Leonard seem to feel about what he has done? A. angry B. happy C. sad D. unsure 12) What does the police officer give Leonard? A. advice B. a handshake C. money to eat D. the one hundred dollars 13) What kind of man does the police officer seem to be? A. angry B. busy C. kind D. mean 14) Why does the police officer give Leonard ten dollars? A. to surprise Leonard B. so Leonard feels better about returning the wallet C. because it is part of his job D. because he wants to get Leonard off the streets If you found one hundred dollars, would you keep it? Why or why not? 52

59 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Paull Cooks Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Paul s wife knows Paul loves to read cookbooks. She decides to get him one for his birthday. Paul tells her he will try to make a new recipe for three days in a row. On Monday, Paul makes blueberry pancakes for breakfast. He gets the blueberries from the farmers market. On Tuesday, Paul makes beef soup for dinner. He puts in cubes of beef, carrots, and onions. The recipe calls for cream, but Paul does not like cream. He uses water instead. On Wednesday, Paul makes a tomato salad with cucumbers and onions. He picks the cucumbers and tomatoes from his garden. He likes this dish best. It was also the easiest for him to make. Questions: 1) Which ingredients does Paul use to make beef soup? I. onions II. potatoes III. cucumbers A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 2) Where does Paul get his cookbook? A. Paul buys it. B. His girlfriend gives it to him. C. His wife gets it for him. D. Paul s friend buys it for him. 3) What does Paul say he will do? A. become a chef B. grow his own food C. cook every recipe in a week D. try a new recipe for three days in a row 4) On what day does Paul make pancakes? A. Sunday B. Monday C. Tuesday D. Wednesday 53

60 Questions (continued): 5) What does Paul get from the farmer's market? A. cubes of beef B. blueberries C. tomatoes D. cucumbers 6) Where does Paul get cucumbers and tomatoes? A. from his wife B. from the store C. from his garden D. from the farmers market 7) Which dish does Paul like best? A. the creamy one B. beef soup C. tomato salad D. blueberry pancakes 8) Why doesn't Paul use cream? A. He doesn t like it. B. There was none at the store. C. There was none in the garden. D. There was none at the farmers market. 9) What does Paul use instead of cream? A. milk B. onions C. water D. butter 10) Which dish was the easiest for Paul to make? A. pancakes B. beef soup C. tomato salad D. chicken tenders Do you like to cook? What is your favorite dish? 54

61 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Raiiny Day Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My name is Mimi. Today is July 5, Today is a rainy day. I am happy today. Why am I happy? I am happy because it is raining! Is that strange? Well maybe. But I like it when it rains. The rain makes me happy. I like rainy days. I do not like sunny days. I like the sound of the rain. I like the clouds. The clouds are gray. The clouds are big. I like the rain. Questions: 1) What is the weather like in the story? A. It is hot and sunny. B. It is cool and cloudy. C. It is dark and snowy. D. It is cloudy and rainy. 3) Why is Mimi happy? A. because it is her birthday B. because she passed the test C. because it is raining D. because she won the game 2) What is the date in the story? A. March 4, 2012 B. July 5, 2010 C. April 10, 1990 D. November 28, ) Does Mimi like sunny days? A. Yes, she does like sunny days. B. No, she does not like sunny days. 5) What are the clouds like? A. high and red B. blue and scary C. big and gray D. green and small 6) What does Mimi like about the rain? I. the smell of the rain II. the sound of the rain A. I only B. II only C. I and II 55

62 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Runniing Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Dieter loves to run. He runs in the morning. He runs in the afternoon. He runs in the evening. He runs at night. Dieter loves to run, but it hurts to run. When Dieter runs, it hurts. His legs hurt. His arms hurt. His back hurts. His head hurts. When Dieter runs, his whole body hurts. Then, Dieter starts thinking. He starts dreaming. He dreams about his job. He dreams about his home. He dreams about his family. He dreams about his friends. He dreams about the world. At first, running hurts. No one likes it when it hurts. When it hurts, Dieter dreams about things that do not hurt. This is why Dieter loves running. Running gives him the best dreams. Sometimes, Dieter forgets that he is running. Sometimes, he runs all morning. Sometimes, he runs all afternoon. Sometimes, he runs all night. Dieter runs and dreams. Questions: 1) What does Dieter love to do? A. He loves to run. B. He loves to dream. C. He loves to think. D. He loves to hurt. 2) When Dieter runs, it hurts. What does this mean? A. He feels good. B. He feels bad. 3) What does Dieter do while he is running? A. He dreams. B. He sleeps. C. He eats. D. He drinks. 4) What does Dieter dream about? I. his job II. his family III. his future A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 56

63 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Seeiing Stars Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Yana is my mother. Tony is my father. My name is Sasha. We live in a red house. We have a blue car. We sit in the yard at night. We look at the stars. Father says the stars make him happy. Mother says the stars make her want to sing. I like to think about how many stars are in the sky. We hear a baby cry next door. My mother sings. The baby stops crying. We think he heard my mother s pretty song. We all smile. Questions: 1) Who is Yana? 2) What color is Sasha's house? A. Sasha's father B. Sasha s mother C. Tony's father D. Tony s mother A. red B. blue C. purple D. orange 57

64 Questions (continued): 3) Who is telling the story? A. father B. mother C. Sasha D. the baby 4) When does the family sit in the yard? A. in the morning B. in the afternoon C. in the evening D. at night 5) How do the stars make Sasha's father feel? A. funny B. happy C. like counting D. like singing 6) What happens after Mother sings? A. A friend comes by. B. Father gets sleepy. C. Sasha counts stars. D. The baby stops crying. 7) What does Sasha like to do when she sees the stars? A. She likes to sit in the car. B. She likes to hold the baby. C. She likes to sing with her mother. D. She likes to guess how many there are. 8) What do Mother, Father, and Sasha do at the end of the story? A. They cry. B. They laugh. C. They smile. D. They talk. Do you ever look at the stars? What do they make you think about? 58

65 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Talliia s Special Day Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Today is a special day for Talia. She is getting ready for a dinner celebration. She wants to look very nice for her night out. First, she gets her hair cut at a salon. A salon is a place where people go to get their hair and nails done. Then, she gets her fingernails painted pink. A woman who works at the salon paints Talia s nails. Talia is not happy with the color. She asks the woman to change the color to purple. She likes the purple very much. It is almost time to go out. Talia goes home and looks in her closet. She tries on a pair of light blue pants with a white shirt. She tries on a purple dress with a black belt. She tries on a brown skirt with a green top. She wears the purple dress. Many of her friends and family are at the restaurant when she gets there. She hugs her mother and father. She gives her grandfather a kiss. Talia s sister gives her a big smile. Her best friend, Asra, gives her a present. Tomorrow is Talia s birthday, but she is celebrating it tonight. Happy Birthday, Talia, they say. You look great! I feel great because all of you are here, says Talia, for my last night as a teenager. 59

66 Questions: 1) What is Talia doing for her special day? A. She is having a party at home. B. She is going to her friend's house. C. She is making dinner. D. She is going to a restaurant. 2) Why does Talia want to look nice? A. She is celebrating. B. It is a national holiday. C. She is going to church. D. She is going a dance. 3) What does Talia do first? A. She picks out a dress. B. She gets her nails painted. C. She gets her hair cut. D. She goes out to eat. 4) Why does Talia change the color of her nails? A. It does not match her dress. B. She is not happy with pink. C. Her friends tell her to change the color. D. She is not happy with purple. 5) What does Talia wear out? A. light blue pants B. a brown skirt C. a purple dress D. a green top 6) What does Talia do when she sees her parents? A. She smiles. B. She says hello. C. She gives them a hug. D. She gives them a kiss. 7) Who smiles at Talia? A. her mother B. her sister C. her father D. her friend 8) How old is Talia? A. 15 B. 16 C. 19 D. 21 9) As described in the beginning of the story, what is a salon? A. a restaurant B. a place where people talk about business C. a gift shop D. a place to get hair and nails done 10) Why does Talia feel great? A. because she looks great B. because her friends and family are there C. because her hair is cut D. because her nails are purple 60

67 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name The 20 Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. It is Levi s birthday. He has a party at home with his family. Everyone sings, Happy Birthday! Levi has nine candles on his cake. He blows them out. He opens his presents. Levi s mother and father give him a bicycle. Levi s little sister gives him a game. Levi s uncle gives him a baseball jersey. Levi s grandma and grandpa give him 20 dollars! "Thank you!" he yells to everyone. Levi is excited. He likes all his presents. He likes the 20 dollars best. It means he can go to the store. He can buy anything he wants! Can we go to the store now, Mom? asks Levi. Mom frowns. Levi, your guests are still here. I will take you to the store tomorrow. That night, Levi dreams of all the things he might buy with his 20 dollars. Maybe I will buy a video game! Maybe I will buy a guitar! Maybe I will buy a camera! Maybe I will buy a tool kit! In the morning, Mom takes Levi and his little sister to the store. Will you buy me something, too? asks Levi s little sister. Maybe, Levi says. He runs to look around the store. Ugh! The guitar costs more than 20 dollars. The video game costs more than 20 dollars. The camera costs more than 20 dollars. The tool kit costs 12 dollars. Levi buys the tool kit. He buys his little sister a key chain. He buys his mom a pack of gum. You are a sweet boy, Levi s mom tells him. 61

68 Questions: 1) Who is at Levi's party? I. his parents II. his friends III. his teachers A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 2) How old is Levi? A. 9 B. 10 C. 11 D. 12 3) What does Levi's sister give him? A. a baseball jersey B. a bike C. a game D. money 4) How does Levi feel about his presents? I. He likes all of them. II. He likes the money best. III. He likes the game least. A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 5) Levi dreams about buying a A. bike B. camera C. key chain D. baseball jersey 6) Levi's mom frowns at Levi because he A. is mean to his sister. B. asks for more money. C. does not thank everyone for his gifts. D. wants to go to the store during the party. 7) When Levi goes to the store, it is A. morning B. afternoon C. evening D. night 8) Levi doesn't know that A. he has received many presents B. his baseball jersey is too big C. most things he wants cost more than 20 dollars D. his sister has more money than he does 62

69 Questions (continued): 9) Levi goes to the store with his I. sister II. mother III. uncle A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 10) Levi buys himself a A. pack of gum B. key chain C. guitar D. tool kit 11) Levi buys himself a tool kit. What else does he buy? A. a game and a pack of gum B. a key chain and a pack of gum C. a key chain and a guitar D. a game and a key chain 12) Levi's mom call him a sweet boy because A. it is his birthday B. he eats a lot of candy on his birthday C. he waits until the next day to go to the store D. he buys something for his mom and little sister If you had twenty dollars, what would you buy with it? Why? 63

70 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name The Drive Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Gustavo works far away from his home. He drives a car to work. It takes him 3 hours to get there. Gustavo drives. While he drives, he thinks about many things. He thinks about his little girl. She likes to ride horses. He thinks about his little boy. He plays fireman all the time. He thinks about his wife. She milks the cows on the farm. Gustavo thinks of things he needs to do when he gets home. He needs to cut the grass. It is too long. He needs to water the flowers so they will grow. He wants to read a story to his little girl. He wants to play a game with his little boy. He wants to sit with his wife. He wants to tell her about his day. Questions: 1) How does Gustavo get to work? A. by bus B. by car C. by horse D. by train 2) What does Gustavo do while he drives? A. He sings. B. He talks. C. He thinks. D. He works. 64

71 Questions (continued): 3) What does Gustavo think about while he drives? I. his work II. his wife III. his little boy A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 4) How long does it take Gustavo to get to work? A. 15 minutes B. 30 minutes C. 2 hours D. 3 hours 5) What does Gustavo s little girl like to do? A. milk cows B. play fireman C. ride horses D. water flowers 6) What does Gustavo s little boy like to do? A. milk cows B. play fireman C. ride horses D. water flowers 7) What does Gustavo need to do when he gets home? I. milk the cows II. cut the grass III. water the flowers A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 8) What does Gustavo want to do when he gets home? I. sit with his wife II. read to his little girl III. play a game with his little boy A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 9) Why does Gustavo need to cut the grass? A. So it will grow. B. It is too brown. C. It is too long. D. It is too old. 10) What does Gustavo need to water when he gets home? A. the grass B. the cows C. the horses D. the flowers 65

72 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name The Interview Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Jethro gets ready for his job interview. He takes a shower. He shaves. He brushes his teeth. He cuts his fingernails. He combs his hair. He puts on the new suit he bought just for today. Jethro feels confident. He is also very nervous. Here is why. Jethro graduated at the top of his class in college. Still, Jethro knows the economy is bad. His dad just lost his job at the bank a few weeks ago! Many people are interviewing for the very same job. There is a lot of competition. Jethro is still positive. He thinks he has a good chance of getting the job at the technology company. Jethro arrives at his interview at 9:45. He is 15 minutes early. He realizes the importance of being prompt. He does not want to be late. Have a seat. Mr. Stone will be right with you, the receptionist says. Jethro sits. He thinks about what he has learned to do in an interview. Look people in the eye. Give a firm handshake. Speak clearly. Jethro feels ready. Mr. Stone is ready to see you now, the receptionist says. Jethro takes a deep breath and walks into Mr. Stone s office. Good to meet you, sir, Jethro says and gives Mr. Stone a firm handshake and a smile. 66

73 Questions: 1) What kind of job is Jethro interviewing for? A. a college job B. a banking job C. a technology job D. a receptionist job 2) What is one thing Jethro does to get ready? I. He talks to his dad. II. He calls Mr. Stone. III. He combs his hair. A. I only B. I and II C. III only D. I, II, and III 3) What time is Jethro's interview? A. 9:30 B. 9:45 C. 10:00 D. 10:15 4) What does it mean to be confident? A. to be early B. to be sure C. to be worried D. to be nervous 5) Why might Jethro be nervous? 6) What is competition? A. He did not do well in school. B. He is not a very good speaker. C. He does not like to wear suits. D. Many others are interviewing for the same job. A. when people get ready to go out B. when people go for a job interview C. when people feel they are not good enough D. when many people are going after the same thing 7) Why is it good that Jethro gets to his interview early? A. It gives Jethro time to think. B. It helps Jethro speak clearly. C. Mr. Stone likes people to be early. D. The receptionist asks him to be there early. 8) What has Jethro learned to do in an interview? A. be positive B. tell good jokes C. talk about his college experience D. look people in the eye 67

74 9) Why might Jethro be positive about getting this job? A. The economy is bad. B. He did well in school. C. Jethro's dad lost his job. D. He knows Mr. Stone well. 10) Which of the following can help make a good impression at an interview? I. looking people in the eye II. wearing a new suit III. being well groomed A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 11) What has Jethro learned to do in order to be understood by an interviewer? A. speak clearly B. look people in the eye C. give a firm handshake D. feel confident 12) If you are prompt, this means you are A. positive B. intelligent C. on time D. in control Have you ever felt nervous about doing something new? Explain. 68

75 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name The Singing Bird Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Ben has two cats. Their names are Max and Tito. Max is black. Max has green eyes. Max is black with green eyes. Tito is brown. Tito has blue eyes. Tito is brown with blue eyes. They are fast. They are beautiful. They are fast and beautiful. Ben also has a bird. Her name is Lilly. Lilly likes to sing. Lilly sings every day. Sometimes she sings very loud. Questions: Max and Tito try to discover who is singing. They look everywhere! Finally, they see who is singing. It is Lilly! They sit and watch her sing. 1) How many cats does Ben have? A. Ben has one cat. B. Ben has two cats. C. Ben has three cats. D. Ben has four cats. 2) What are Max and Tito like? I. big II. beautiful A. I only B. II only C. I and II 3) Tito's eyes are A. blue B. red C. green 4) What is the name of the bird? A. Tito B. Max C. Lilly 5) What color is Max? 6) Who is singing? A. Max is orange. B. Max is brown. A. Tito B. Max C. Lilly C. Max is black 69

76 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Tiime to Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. It is 6:15 a.m. It is time to wake up. It is time to take a shower. It is time to brush teeth. It is time to get dressed. It is time to eat breakfast. It is time to go to work. It is time to eat lunch. It is time to go back to work. It is time to go home. It is time to eat dinner. It is time to go to sleep. Billy, she says. What? Billy says. "It is time to wake up!" Questions: 1) What time is it? 2) What is it time to do first? A. 5:30 in the morning B. 5:30 at night C. 6:15 in the morning D. 6:15 at night A. brush teeth B. take a shower C. wake up D. go to work 3) What is it time to do second? A. brush teeth B. wake up C. take a shower D. go home 4) What is it time to do last? A. go to sleep B. go to work C. go to a movie D. eat dinner 70

77 Questions (continued): 5) What is it time to do after it is time to go home? A. eat dinner B. brush teeth C. get dressed D. wake up 6) Billy wakes up. This means he A. starts sleeping B. starts working C. stops sleeping D. eats dinner 7) Billy is A. busy B. short C. nervous D. honest 8) It is time to brush teeth. This means it is time for Billy to A. clean his teeth B. chatter his teeth C. bite with his teeth D. chew with his teeth 9) Billy goes back to work. This means he A. likes work B. is late for work C. returns to work D. stays home 10) What is the correct order? A. Breakfast Dinner Lunch B. Breakfast Lunch Dinner C. Dinner Lunch Breakfast D. Lunch Dinner Breakfast Do you dream? What do you dream about? 71

78 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Whatt Number? Name Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. Becca and Kai played together all day. The two friends played outside in the morning. They rode bikes and scooters. They ate lunch on the porch. Becca s mom made sandwiches and lemonade. They played hide-and-seek in the house right after lunch. Then they did not know what to do. I know! Let s play the number game, said Becca. What number am I thinking of? Is it five? asked Kai. No, it is higher than five, Becca said. Okay, is it one hundred? No, it is lower than one hundred, Becca said. Let s see, said Kai. Is it sixty? Becca gave Kai a hint. It is between twenty and thirty. Hmm, is it twenty-five? No, but you are very close! Becca said. Well, is it higher or lower than twenty-five? It is lower, Becca said. Okay, I think I know. Is it twenty-two? Yeah! You guessed it. Becca said. Good job! Questions: 1) Where did Becca and Kai play today? A. at school B. at the park C. at Kai's house D. at Becca's house 2) What did Becca and Kai do in the morning? I. They rode bikes. II. They played outside. III. They played hide-and-seek. A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 72

79 3) Where did Becca and Kai eat lunch? A. in the kitchen B. by the swing C. at the park D. on the porch 4) Whose idea was it to play the number game? A. It was Kai s idea. B. It was Mom s idea. C. It was Becca s idea. D. It was Kai and Becca s idea. 5) What was Kai s second guess? 6) Why does Kai guess one hundred? A. five B. twenty-two C. sixty D. one hundred A. It is lower than twenty-two. B. It is higher than sixty. C. It is higher than five. D. It is lower than sixty. 7) Which is correct? A. 178 is lower than 177 B. 178 is higher than 177 C. 178 is between 177 D. 178 is the same as 177 8) Which is correct? I. 239 is lower than 247 II. 224 is higher than 256 III. 224 is between 220 and 230 A. I only B. I and III C. II and III D. I, II, and III 9) Kai's guess of twenty-five was close because A. twenty-five is a big number B. it is near the number Becca was thinking about C. it is far away from the number Becca was thinking about D. it is lower than the number Becca was thinking about 10) What does it mean to give someone a hint? A. to give someone a clue B. to make a question hard C. to tell someone to give up D. to give someone the answer 11) What number was Becca thinking about? A. nineteen B. twenty C. twenty-one D. twenty-two 12) What other number could Becca have been thinking about? A. ten B. fifteen C. twenty-three D. twenty-eight 73

80 ReeaaddTThheeoor ryy...oor rgg 2010 EnglishForEveryone.Org 2008 Name Zach s Animals Reading Comprehension Short Stories Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below. My name is Zach. I have a bird. She flies. I have a dog. He is white. I have a pig. He is very dirty. I have a rabbit. She has a lot of hair. Sometimes I feel like I live in a zoo. The name of my bird is Sky. The name of my dog is Snow. The name of my rabbit is Fur Ball. I do not have a name for my pig yet. I want to have a lamb. I want to have a kitten. I want to have a duck. Mom says, Not yet. I can t live without my animals. Questions: 1) Why is Snow a good name for Zach's dog? A. because he is cold B. because he is white C. because he eats snow D. because he plays in snow 2) Which animals does Zach want? I. a pig II. a duck III. a kitten A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 3) Zach s pig is A. fat B. dirty C. sweet D. cute 4) Zach says, "I can't live without my animals." What does he mean? A. He will die without animals. B. He loves his animals a lot. C. He has lost all his animals. D. He wants his animals in the house. 74

81 Questions (continued): 5) What can we say about Zack? A. He is a man. B. He likes clean animals. C. He lives in a zoo. D. He wants more animals. 6) What can be said about Zach from this story? A. He lives in a zoo. B. He wants a horse. C. He likes animals. D. He has six animals. 7) Which animals does Zach have? I. a rabbit II. a lamb III. a duck A. I only B. I and II C. II and III D. I, II, and III 8) Zach's pig is very dirty. What could be a good name for him? A. Muddy B. Oink C. Pinkie D. Porky 9) Why is Sky a good name for Zach's bird? A. She is blue. B. That is where she lives. C. That is where she flies. D. That is where Zach found her. 10) How many animals does Zach have? A. two B. four C. six D. seven Do you like animals? Do you have any pets? Why or why not? 75

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83 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues Country Life City Life Henry: Hi Henry! How is life in the country? Davie: Hey Davie. Life in the country is fine. How is life in the city? Henry: It s great. I love the trees, flowers, birds, and insects. Davie: Insects!? Eww, that s gross. Henry: Well, how is life in the city? Davie: It s great. I love the buildings, cars, streets, and bright lights. Henry: Bright lights!? I hate bright lights! Davie: Yeah but in the city I can take the subway to work. I don t even have to drive. Henry: That s nice. But, in the country I work on a farm near my house so I don t have to drive either. I walk to work. Davie: Doesn t that hurt your feet? Henry: Sometimes, but its worth it because I get to eat food the comes straight from the farm. Davie: Mmmm, food from the farm sounds good. I wonder if it is better than the food you can eat at restaurants in the city! 76

84 Questions: 1) Who lives in the city? A. Henry B. Davie C. Both Henry and Davie D. Neither Henry nor Davie 2) What does Davie think is gross? A. Birds B. Insects C. Flowers D. Trees 3) What does Henry hate? A. Buildings B. Cars C. Streets D. Bright lights 4) How does Davie get to work? A. She drives a car B. She takes the bus C. She takes the subway D. None of the above 5) How does Henry get to work? A. He drives a tractor B. He rides a horse C. He drives a lawn mower D. None of the above Vocabulary: 1) If something is gross, it is A. tasty. B. disgusting. C. ready. D. A and B. 2) If a light is bright, it is A. dark. B. low. C. strong. D. none of the above. 3) When Henry says, I don t have to drive either, he means that A. he likes to drive. B. he also has to drive to work. C. he also does not have to drive to work. D. none of the above. 4) If an action is worth it A. the value of doing that action is high enough. B. the action has no value. C. the action is old. D. the action is boring. 5) When you wonder, you A. play. B. think. C. imagine. D. B and C. E. None of the above. 77

85 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues How are You Julia: Hi Anita. How are you? Anita: I am fine, thanks. How are you? Julia: I feel bad. I think I am sick. Anita: Hmm, that is not good. Julia: Yes, I know. Anita: Well, I think you should try to relax. Julia: Okay. Anita: I hope you feel better soon. Julia: Yeah, I do too! Questions: 1) How does Julia feel? A. Good B. Bad C. Sick D. B and C 2) What does Anita think Julia should do? A. Exercise B. Eat something C. Drink something D. Relax Vocabulary: 1) Relax means. A. exercise. B. rest. C. study. D. none of the above. 2) Soon is. A. now. B. a long time from now. C. a short time from now. D. never. 78

86 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues Tie Your Shoes! Dad: Tie your shoes! Michael: Okay, Dad. I will. Mom: Tuck in your shirt! Michael Okay, Mom. I will. Sister: Empty the trash! Michael: Okay, Sis. I will. Grandmother: Make your bed! Michael: Okay, Grandma. I will. Grandfather: Do your homework! Michael: Okay, Grandpa. I will. Hey, Little Brother! Little Brother: Me? Michael: Yes, you! Tie your shoes! Questions: 1) What does Mom want Michael to do? A. Tie his shoes B. Make his bed C. Tuck in his shirt D. Do his homework 2) Who is probably the youngest person? A. Michael B. Sister C. Little Brother D. Grandma Vocabulary: 1) Tuck in your shirt means A. put the bottom of your shirt inside your pants. B. button the top of your shirt around your neck. C. wear a clean shirt. D. fold your shirt. 2) When something is empty, it A. is full. B. has nothing in it. C. is heavy. D. none of the above. 79

87 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues What time is it? Julio: Hey Yoko. Do you know what time it is? Yoko: No, sorry. Ask Bob. Julio: Hey Bob. Do you know what time it is? Bob: No man, sorry. Ask Roger. Julio: Okay. Hey Roger, do you know what time it is? Roger: Well, I did this morning, but then I forgot. Sorry. Ask Lola. Julio: Okay, fine. Hey Lola, what time is it? Lola: I do not know. That is a good question. Let me know if you find out please. Julio: Gosh! Does anybody know what time it is? Questions: 1) What time is it? A. 10:30 B. 11:00 C. Nobody knows D. Noon 2) How many people are in this story? A. Two B. Three C. Four D. Five Vocabulary: 1) If you ask someone, you. A. question someone. B. answer someone. C. A and B. D. none of the above. 2) Roger forgot the time. So, Roger the time now. A. knows B. used to know C. does not know D. B and C 80

88 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues Where Are My Glasses? Ahmad: I can t find my glasses. Uli: Have you looked on the kitchen table? Ahmad: Yes, I ve looked there. Uli: Have you checked your desk? Ahmad: Yes, I ve checked there. Uli: Have you looked next to the computer? Ahmad: They re not there. Mo: Hi Dad. Ahmad: Hi Mo. I m looking for my glasses. Mo: Have you checked on top of your head? Ahmad: Oh! There they are! Questions: 1) What is Ahmad doing? A. Looking for his checks B. Working in the kitchen C. Looking for his glasses D. Working at his desk 2) Who is Mo? A. Ahmad s dad B. Ahmad s son C. Uli s friend D. Uli s dad Vocabulary: 1) Uli asks if Ahmad has checked his desk. Checked means A. helped out. B. cleaned up. C. worked on. D. looked over. 2) Another way of saying next to is A. under. B. above. C. beside. D. between. 81

89 englishforeveryone.org Name Beginning Dialogues Where are my keys? Vanka: Hey Oni, do you know where my pen is? Oni: Yes, it is on your desk. Vanka: Okay thanks. Hey Roger, do you know where my hat is? Roger: Yeah, it is on your bed. Vanka: Okay thanks. Hey Dillan, do you know where my purse is? Dillan: Yeah, it is on the couch. Vanka: Okay thanks. Hey Jonas, do you know where my belt is? Jonas: Yeah, it is in your room. Vanka: Okay thanks. Now I have everything I need. Now I can go to work. Oni: Hey Vanka, do you know where your car keys are? Vanka: No. Where are they? I need them! Questions: 1) Where is Vanka s purse? A. On her bed B. On the couch C. In her room D. None of the above 2) What is the last thing Vanka needs? A. Her pen B. Her hat C. Her purse D. Her belt E. Her keys Vocabulary: 1) Yeah and mean the same thing. A. no B. please C. yes D. A and B. 2) If Vanka has everything she needs, she has A. all of the things she needs. B. none of the things she needs. C. almost all of the things she needs. D. none of the above. 82

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