French students need accessible practice when learning to read. This means giving them French reading comprehension activities that match their skill level. They need interesting and fun reading activities with targeted vocabulary and grammar so that that can continue to build upon what they’ve been learning.
The following reading comprehension activities are currently available from Mme R’s French Resources. Click on any image below to see the resource at Teachers Pay Teachers.
Each French reading passage contains 3 question sheets, making differentiation so much easier. All texts are appropriate for beginning Core and FSL students as well as primary French immersion students who can read a one paragraph passage. My 8 year-old is my tester at home. He has done every activity, but these texts are also a favorite of a lot of middle and high school teachers.
Sheet 1: Short answer English questions about the passage.
Sheet 2: Multiple choice questions in French.
Sheet 3: Short answer French questions about the passage.
Set 1 is geared towards beginners, and includes 10 topics including ma famille, mes amis, à l’école, j’adore manger, and mes loisirs.
Set 2 is also also a beginner level resource. This set expands upon what is offered in set 1 and can be used for a second semester or even a second year class. It’s ideal for providing enrichment as well as practicing common vocabulary that students might need more practice with. Includes 4 seasonal readings (en hiver, au printemps, en été, en automne) and other common topics including je m’habille and mes animaux domestiques.
Set 3 is great for students who still need basic practice but are now working with more difficult grammar and vocabulary. Each reading is geared towards the French student who is working on concepts including the passé composé, reflexive verbs in the present and passé composé, and the futur simple. Some topics included are : Je suis malade, Mamadou aide ses parents, Lisette se prépare, Théo est sorti, and Je me suis fait mal.
Set 4 is geared towards students in or moving to the intermediate range. The passages are still short enough to be accessible, but the grammatical concepts and the vocabulary are what would more often be seen after a few years of study. These are great for introducing or reinforcing new grammatical concepts including le futur simple, l’imparfait et le passé composé, le conditionnel, le subjonctif, les verbes pronominaux, and le passé composé avec les C.O.D.
Set 5 is a beginner set that is appropriate for students in their first few years of French. This set details different holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, and the National holiday (not country specific).
Here’s a peek at a few pages from Set 1.
What do teachers say about these activities?
Christina H. said, “All of your comprehension bundles reign supreme for French reading comprehension. I use this product in my 1/2 split (French Immersion), and having the different formats (multiple choice vs complete sentences) makes differentiating so much easier. Much appreciate your excellent quality. Merci bien.”
Julie D. said, “Great variety of reading comprehension activities for CORE or EXTENDED classes. Could use these for a lower grade immersion class. Love how there’s no prep. Merci beaucoup!”
Julia M. said, “This was a super resource to get my students started on writing their own introduction paragraphs. They are just the right length and they really built confidence in my classes!”
Kristin J. said, “What a great bundle!!! I am ALWAYS looking for ways to incorporate reading starting in 6th grade. I love how there are three different versions because I can differentiate for kids who are struggling. Please continue to make more of these!!”
Amanda P. said, “I used these for upper elementary Core French kids in a low-income school where sometimes this might overwhelm them, but they loved the texts.”