This Spanish Reading Comprehension page printable resources and web-bases reading comprehension resources that you can use to teach, practice and/or assess reading comprehension in the Spanish language.
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Reading Comprehension in Spanish Exercises, Texts and Activities:
- Spanish Reading Comprehension Información PersonalSpanish4Teachers.org(elementary). Short text with basic vocab on personal information such as name, age, birthday and others.
- Beginners Reading Comprehension in SpanishSpanish4Teachers.org (middle school). Short paragraph of someone mentioning basic information about herself.
- Spanish Intermediate Reading Comprehension (A2/B1)Spanish4Teachers.org(High School) Reading comprehension based on an interview done to the singer Juanes. Includes answers. Intermediate level. Comprensión de lectura A2/B1.
- Las Rebajas Spanish Reading (middle/high school). Short text on sales with questions and other activities.
- Hablemos del Pasado Spanish Reading Comprehension and Lesson(high school). Complete lesson plan packet around the theme “Indigenas de Chile”. Read and answer the questions. Analyze the use of past tense. Brain storm, etc.
- Series of Short Reading Comprehension Texts in Spanish(middle/high school). Several short texts (one paragraph long) with questions to practice reading comprehension.
- Adios Peseta, Bienvenido Euro Spanish Reading Comprehension (high school). Reading comprehension on the change of the Spanish currency from Peseta to Euro.
- Comprension de Lectura (Spanish Reading Comprehension Exercises) (middle/high school) several reading comprehension exercises.
- Una Mascota Especial Comprension de Lectura (Reading Comprehension in Spanish)(middle/high school). A reading about a pet tarantula. Contains reading comp. questions.
- Short Reading Comprehension Texts(primary/middle school) a collection of many very short reading comprehension texts with questions.
- Many reading comprehension texts in Spanish this page has two sections of texts. One of short and simple reading comprehension texts in Spanish with questions. The second (Fichas) is a section of reading comprehension worksheets based on authentic Spanish material and resources, such as labels, ads, etc. All are printable.
- “La bruja Rita” Spanish reading comprehension (primary/middle school) text on simple facts of a “bruja”, perfect for Halloween. Mentions where she lives, what she likes, favorite food, etc.
- Authentic Spanish reading texts(middle/high school) a 99 page PDF document of authentic Spanish reading comprehension texts (ads, brochures, articles, etc). It contains texts for most language units.
- Printable reading comprehension documentsa collection of Spanish reading comprehension texts and activities (Doc.)
- Short and basic comprehension texts in Spanishmany printable comprehension PDF documents for students in beginning levels.
- Spanish short stories a compilation of printable short stories written in Spanish and categorized by value (valores) responsibility, honesty, etc.
Other Reading Comprehension Resources in Spanish:
What is an information text?
An information text is a piece of non-fiction writing which gives information about a particular thing (for example: Cleopatra, Ancient Egypt, recycling or volcanoes). Information texts are sometimes called non-chronological reports, because they are giving information about something without mentioning the order in which it happened.
How are information texts taught in primary school?
Children will usually be asked to research something relevant to their learning, for example: if they are learning about the Victorians in history, they may be asked to research a certain area, such as child labour or Victorian funerals. They will look at various texts and discuss the features:
- main title
- bullet points
- pictures and captions.
They will then make notes on their topic, possibly on a spider diagram.
Note-making is an important skill and it cannot be taken for granted that children automatically know how to do it! Teachers will model this skill, by reading a sentence shown on the board and then asking children to say which the most important words are. For example, they might show a paragraph like this:
If a Victorian woman lost her husband she was called a widow. The period of time after her husband's death was called mourning. She would wear black for two years while she was in full mourning. She would then spend a period of six months in half mourning, during which time she would wear grey or lavender clothes.
They might then model note-making in the following way:
Once children have written notes from various sources, they will write a draft of their information text. Teachers will support them in editing and re-writing this report, by encouraging them to use correct punctuation and sentences that make sense containing connectives.
Children then need to plan and write their 'neat' version. They need to think about the layout, of this, including the main title, what will be in each paragraph, whether there will be a bullet-pointed list and where the pictures and captions will go. Emphasis needs to be placed on designing the report so that the layout is clear and eye-catching.
Looking for more literacy information? We explain all primary non-fiction texts in our parents' guide.