Lesson 7 - Reading Techniques for Adult Basic Education (ABE) Learners Illinois State Library

Cloze Activities

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Understanding meaning is the goal of reading. The more experience and knowledge a reader brings to the page, the easier it will be to read. A Cloze Activity is a fill-in-the-blank activity that is used to develop reading comprehension using prediction. The tutor provides the adult learner with a short passage with several words deleted, approximately every 5th to 7th word. Activities like this teach learners how to use context clues. Select a topic with which the learner is familiar and a passage that is at or below the learner's current reading level. Remove words that have context clues. The words that will be replaced do not have to be exact. There are no right or wrong answers to this activity.

Sample Cloze Activity

Let's try a Cloze Activity. In the passage below, predict what the passage will be about. Based on the heading, you have an idea about the passage. Read the material, going on when you come to a blank. Figure out what the remaining key words are saying.

WRITER LOSES 75 LBS ON DIET …OR HE HAS TO PAY $5,000 TO GOOD CAUSE

Jolly John Bear blackmailed himself into losing 75 pounds. ___ March ____ when he ____ ____ scales at 255 pounds, Bear put $5,000 ____ escrow. If __ lost 75 ___ in the next year, he _____ get ___ money back. If ___ failed, ___ money would become __ contribution to ___ charitable organization of his wife's choosing. "Either way, I win," ____ Bear.

Read more about Cloze Activities on Wikipedia.