Anzac Day Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions Australia and New Zealand



Engage your students in the ANZAC Commemorations with our fantastic Anzac Day Reading Comprehension resource. Why are poppies sold on Anzac Day in New Zealand and Australia on Remembrance, and what did a boat have to do with it? This pack includes non-fiction passages with six pages of engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks.
This Anzac Day Reading Comprehension resource features a full pack for Australia classrooms AND a full separate pack for New Zealand classrooms.
These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Learn more about the history of Anzac Day, how Anzac Day is celebrated today, and compare the similarities between Anzac Day in New Zealand and Australia.
In this Anzac Day Reading Comprehension pack, you will receive:
1. Six texts – all with an extended and scaffold version:
  • What is Anzac Day?
  • The Battle of Gallipoli
  • Why Poppies?
  • Anzac Day Today
  • The 28th Māori Battalion (NZ pack only)
  • The Other Anzacs (NZ pack only)
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy
  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
3. Three Graphic Organiser Examples
  • Information Web
  • Main Idea
  • Flow Chart
4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions
5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.
6. Close Reading bookmarks in colour and black and white

What this resource is all about:
The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Anzac Day texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.
This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum Links:

Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity

  • Individuals and communities have responded to international conflicts in a range of ways for a range of reasons.
  • How have different groups of people in our community responded to the international conflicts that Aotearoa New Zealand has been involved in? What kinds of jobs were these people doing?
  • The stories of groups of people from different periods in our history convey their reasons for and experiences of migration. These stories have shaped their culture and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

See our full range of Anzac Day resources here.

What Teachers Are Saying:

Georgina L. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great content and loads of higher-order thinking activities!”

Destiny C. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students loved reading more about Anzac through this resource.”

Janice L. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved using this last year and can’t wait to use it again. My students learned a lot.”


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