Diwali Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions


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Embrace the multicultural classroom and improve reading comprehension with our Diwali Festival of Lights-themed differentiated close reading texts and activities. This pack includes four non-fiction and narrative passages with six pages of unique and engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks. These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks.
In 2023Diwali is on November 12 and the festival runs for 5 days.
This resource is provided in both US and British English (NZ) paper size and spelling!
In this Diwali Reading Comprehension pack you will receive:
1. Four texts – all with an extended and scaffold version:
  • What is Diwali?
  • The Days of Diwali
  • The Story of Rama and Sita
  • Diwali Around the World
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities (24 activities in total)
Each passage features different activities!
  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze/Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarize/Summarise
  • Synthesize
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualising/Visualizing
  • Make Predictions
  • Make Connections
3. Three Graphic Organizer Examples
  • Information Web
  • Main Idea
  • Flow Chart
  • Venn Diagram
4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions
5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.
6. A BONUS Powerpoint with 14 Diwali images to provide extra context for students.

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