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Comprehension - worksheets KS3

We have some great resources here for comprehension at KS3. 

At Key Stage 3 pupils need to be able to form their own ideas and put these thoughts into writing. This is where comprehension helps students form opinions, discuss their thoughts on varying topics and analyse passages from different perspectives across a broad spectrum of subjects.

KS3 comprehension passages could vary from classical novels, the world today, health issues, moral issues such as truthfulness and honesty, to political and social problems. Some students find this form of comprehension stimulating and inspiring. Others need to be encouraged to put their thoughts into succinct and meaningful prose. They also need to create and convey atmosphere, demonstrate insight into the personality of the writer and to use some imagination.

It is important when tackling passages like this that students question the difference between good and bad writing, correct and incorrect spelling and a general use of the English language. The words 'who, why, what and when' should be constantly on the mind of the reader, as well as maintaining an enjoyment of the author's writing.

The passages in the comprehension worksheets we have chosen below vary from newspaper articles, songs, and factual writing. They even include topics to stimulate debate about everyday issues. These should help pupils to have a bank of their own thoughts and opinions on topics such as: smoking, health issues, literary works, and all the book recommendations read at this age group. To these one can also add articles on current events. 

See also:
Comprehension eBook
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Remember age groups may overlap so you might consider using resources from Key stage 2 for practice. It is always a good idea to start with a passage which is easy. This builds confidence and stimulates interest.

Comprehension Key stage 3 (KS3)

 Comprehension Pickwick Papers Year 7
Comprehension Pickwick Papers Year 7
 Great Expectations
Great Expectations
 A visit from St Nicholas comprehension Y7
A visit from St Nicholas comprehension Y7
 Comprehension Year 9 Alexander
Comprehension Year 9 Alexander
 Reading comprehension half truths
Reading comprehension half truths
 Comprehension KS3 Flannan Isle
Comprehension KS3 Flannan Isle
 Year 7 comprehension 1
Year 7 comprehension 1
 Comprehension - autobiography KS3
Comprehension - autobiography KS3
 Comprehension for KS3 friends
Comprehension for KS3 friends
 English Key stage 3 comprehension
English Key stage 3 comprehension
 KS3 English paper comprehension
KS3 English paper comprehension
 Comprehension strategies
Comprehension strategies
 Information text on UK KS3
Information text on UK KS3
 
 Comprehension on Inigo Jones
Comprehension on Inigo Jones
 
 Christmas traditions thoughts
Christmas traditions thoughts
 
 Pinocchio comprehension
Pinocchio comprehension
 
 Frankenstein comprehension
Frankenstein comprehension
 A smuggler's song Year 7 comprehension
A smuggler's song Year 7 comprehension
 Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
 Victorian Thief Year 7 comprehension
Victorian Thief Year 7 comprehension
 Owl pellets Year 7 comprehension
Owl pellets Year 7 comprehension
 Newspapers, comprehension & writing KS3
Newspapers, comprehension & writing KS3
 Comprehension for KS3 mercury
Comprehension for KS3 mercury
 Comprehension for KS3 why
Comprehension for KS3 why
 Comprehension on Marie Curie KS3
Comprehension on Marie Curie KS3
 Discussion on hand hygiene with questions
Discussion on hand hygiene with questions
 Venus fly trap comprehension
Venus fly trap comprehension
 Comprehension on Hard Times Year 8
Comprehension on Hard Times Year 8
 Reading comprehension puzzles Y7
Reading comprehension puzzles Y7
 Comprehension cinema poster Y7
Comprehension cinema poster Y7
 Comprehension skateboarding Y7
Comprehension skateboarding Y7
 Comprehension: looking for a job
Comprehension: looking for a job
 Spelling and comprehension for Year 7
Spelling and comprehension for Year 7
 Comprehension about adventures Y7 and 8
Comprehension about adventures Y7 and 8
 
 Comprehension and vocabulary for Year 8
Comprehension and vocabulary for Year 8
 
 Alice in Wonderland comprehension
Alice in Wonderland comprehension
 Reading a map
Reading a map
 Comprehension on Tom Sawyer Year 7
Comprehension on Tom Sawyer Year 7
 Comprehension on traditional stories for KS3
Comprehension on traditional stories for KS3
 Greenwich Mean Time & Y8 comprehension
Greenwich Mean Time & Y8 comprehension
 Comprehension KS4 The Light Brigade
Comprehension KS4 The Light Brigade
 
 Comprehension on Pride and Prejudice KS4
Comprehension on Pride and Prejudice KS4
 
 Facts and questions on Titanic KS3
Facts and questions on Titanic KS3
 Comprehension on chess KS3
Comprehension on chess KS3
 Advertising comprehension KS3
Advertising comprehension KS3
 Inventions comprehension KS3
Inventions comprehension KS3
 Know your vegetables comprehension
Know your vegetables comprehension
 What is the brain? comprehension KS3
What is the brain? comprehension KS3
 Healthy eating KS3
Healthy eating KS3
 Comprehension Year 7 The Five Orange Pips
Comprehension Year 7 The Five Orange Pips
   

At this stage, improving comprehension will come, not just from these sort of exercises, but also by encouraging reading as much as possible and by tackling other aspects of English language including writing. Look here for further help: 
English Key stage 3/4 worksheets

Comprehension Practice

Here are some popular books to prepare students for tests and exams. Included are useful tips on tackling comprehension and marking schemes.

Reading Comprehension Skills Builders Levels 3 - 5 from Rising Stars

Requests for help with comprehension are one of our most frrequent questions and this is an excellent resource for KS3.  The passages chosen are modern examples to which children can relate and are designed so that they can work through the book on their own. All the exercises will complement and reinforce work they are already doing in school. Warm-up exercises provide plenty of skills practice and all the answers are included. The book shows what needs to be done to attain level 3-4 and 4-5 under five key topic areas. The explanations are clear and the guidance excellent. Also available - Skills Builders Reading Skills Level 5 -7

Tutor Master helps you with Comprehension Practice Standard Set One ISBN: 978-0-9555909-3-1   (80 pages)

An English Comprehension workbook in standard format providing 5 separate comprehension tests plus a choice of 10 different composition/essay topics. Written to provide revision and practice for students in KS 2/3 and for Common Entrance and Independent school entry examinations, this book also offers tips and advice to assist the development of comprehension and writing skills. All answers to the comprehension tests are included plus a detailed mark scheme for both the comprehensions and compositions.
  • Provide revision and practice for school students in the age range Years 5-7
  • Help with preparation for school examinations
  • Prepare students for eleven plus examinations for grammar school entrance
  • Provide comprehension practice for entrance examinations to independent and private schools
  • Offer tips and advice to assist the development of comprehension skills
  • Provide five separate comprehension tests
  • Offer ten different composition/essay topics
  • Include easy to use and detailed answers plus a mark scheme.
Tutor Master helps you with Comprehension Practice Multiple Choice Set One ISBN: 978-0-9555909-4-8     (92 pages)

This book contains the same comprehension passages as Standard Set One but offers totally different questions in multiple-choice format. The book includes 10 different composition topics, contextually based spelling tests, punctuation, grammar and syntax tests within a story format plus all the answers and a detailed mark scheme. It is ideal for revision and practice at KS 2/3, for preparation for 11+, Common Entrance and Independent School examinations.
  • Provide revision and practice for school students in the age range Years 5-7
  • Help with preparation for school examinations
  • Prepare students for eleven plus examinations for grammar school entrance
  • Provide multiple choice comprehension practice for entrance examinations to independent and private schools
  • Offer tips and advice to assist the development of multiple choice comprehension skills
  • Provide five separate multiple choice comprehension tests
  • Offer ten different composition/essay topics
  • Give tips and advice to develop the creative writing skills needed for examinations
  • Include easy to use and detailed answers plus a mark scheme.
 
 

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