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Cloze Comprehension

Reading Class Activity – Cloze Comprehension

Cloze is based on the concept that readers tend to seek closure when they see key parts of a sentence. Listeners and readers are often able to fill in a missing word when they understand what they hear or read. For example:  Ali rode his________ to school. Students will likely be able to supply the word ‘bicycle’. This procedure provides information for teachers about how well students use context clues and/or pictures to comprehend a text. It is particularly important for students learning the organization of English words within sentences and paragraphs.

Procedure

Use an overhead projector to project the sample Cloze paragraph which follows.

Model how to complete a cloze paragraph by reading the paragraph saying, ‘blank’ for the missing words. Have students suggest words, from the list below to complete each sentence. Discuss whether the words chosen make sense in the sentences. Together read the completed cloze paragraph to make sure it makes sense.

Cloze Paragraph: Healthy Living

What is healthy _______? For me, healthy living is getting ten _______of sleep every night. It also means getting ________every day. Some ________I walk in the park. Other days I ride my ________. On weekends I run up and down the _____ near my home. All of this exercise makes me hungry. Therefore, I eat three healthy _______ every day. I eat a hot _________, a lunch that I eat at school and a big dinner with my _________. That is _______I call healthy living.

Word List

hours   days   living  exercise  bicycle  family   hills   meals   breakfast   what

Answer Key

What is healthy living? For me, healthy living is getting ten hours of sleep every night. It also means getting exercise every day. Some days I walk in the park. Other days I ride my bicycle. On weekends I run up and down the hills near my home. All of this exercise makes me hungry. Therefore, I eat three healthy meals every day. I eat a hot breakfast, a lunch, that I eat at school and a big dinner with my family. That is what I call healthy living.