Whether you’re teaching FSL or French immersion, it can be challenging to find French reading practice you can use with all of your students. We all know that in each classroom, we have a variety of ability levels, making it a challenge to use the same text.
Sure, we can read a bunch of different texts, but it can be challenging to find them, and then planning a lesson around them can be a real challenge. Even if we have a lot of great French reading comprehension strategies in our toolkit, it can be hard to differentiate.
If you want to practice specific vocabulary or grammar with your students, it’s really helpful to use the same text but provide different questions for a really effective French reading practice activity.
How can you use the same text but still differentiate?
All of my French reading practice activities have three different activities, so you can use the same text with all students and vary the questions they’ll need to answer.
For students who may not have enough French proficiency to demonstrate understanding in French, I use English questions. This allows me to see if they understood the text, even if they don’t have the French vocabulary just yet to talk about it.
For students who may not have the proficiency to answer complete sentences in French, I use multiple choice questions. This allows me to see if they can understand French questions and find specific information in the text without wondering if their written French skills are in the way of their demonstration of understanding.
These questions sometimes vary a little from the short answer questions, because occasionally I’ll ask them to locate specific information in the text.
For students who can show their understanding by writing in French sentences, I use short answer questions in French. These are the same questions as on the sheet with English questions, but students need to understand the question and answer in French. It’s an easy way to provide a little more challenge to students who are more advanced than those answering the English questions.
The activities shown above are from my French reading comprehension set 6. This set is perfect for beginning French students.
Looking for more advanced sets? These French reading practice activities are best for students who are still beginners but are ready for more complicated structures like the passé composé and reflexive verbs.
This set of French reading practice activities is geared towards students working with more complicated grammar like the imparfait, the subjunctive, and the conditional tenses.
What do teachers say about my French reading practice activities?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Such amazing reading passages. Easy enough for my students to understand, but also challenging enough by using vocabulary they may not know. These are also fabulous to leave for supply teachers as they are ready to go!”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Highly recommend this resource – it’s great! Each reading contains the perfect amount of text to focus on reading comprehension and writing conventions. I love having the two options for comprehension questions. These can be used for morning work, centres or even homework. It has definitely been a time saver too! Very satisfied!”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My students love Mme R’s reading activities! I appreciate that there are three versions of the questions because it makes them accessible to students with different abilities. The readings support vocabulary acquisition while providing grammar topics in context. Great way to improve reading, pronunciation and listening skills.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This (resource) has been extremely helpful for my reading units. The texts are well done, and I really like how the author uses transition words, negative sentences, tons of adverbs and adjectives. Love it!”