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5 Steps to Convert a Newspaper Article into a Cloze Passage

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5 Steps to Convert Newspaper Article into Cloze Passage

If you are to take a look at the end of the passages used for comprehension cloze in the examination papers, you will realise that other than storybook titles, newspapers and magazines (such as Reader’s Digest and National Geographic etc.) often appear as the sources of these passages too.

There is no denying that using English in an authentic manner is so important and this is clearly reflected in the choice of passages used in school examinations. The good news is that these authentic resources can be readily accessed from the internet and I would like to share about 5 steps to convert Newspaper Article into cloze passage easily.

Where can you find these articles online?

Some news websites that I tap on frequently include The Straits Times and Channel News Asia as they cover local and international news. Of course, international news publishers such as BBC and The New York Times are fine too but do take note of the countries which the newspaper is published in. News articles which use American English (AmE) will require educators and parents to highlight to their children the difference in spelling (e.g. colour vs. color) between the Amercian English and British English (BrE) systems. Since our education system uses the BrE system, it is crucial for us to reinforce to our children spelling using the said system for assessment. 

Recently, I downloaded an app, News-O-Matic, which publishes interesting world news pitched at a suitable level for children. It is similar to “What’s Up” newspaper for children that we have in school but is more convenient as it can be accessed on a mobile device easily. Although News-O-Matic uses AmE, its benefits outweigh this consideration and I am a fan of this app. (Perhaps I will do an App-y Thursday Review of it soon!)

Other than the news, articles from magazines such as Reader’s Digest, National Geographic and National Geographic Kids are great sites for informational texts too.

How do you Use these Passages to Practise Comprehension Cloze?
1. Prepare the Article

Extensive and enjoyable reading can be done for other articles or storybooks but we want the reading of these particular articles chosen for practice to be purposeful. Copy and paste the article into a Word document so that you can bold or highlight a few new vocabulary or phrases that often occur together. These will be the items that you want your children to take note of and learn.

Convert Newspaper Article into Cloze Passage

Newspaper report on SEA games taken from Channel News Asia.
Other than bolding some vocabulary and phrases, definitions of certain words are added in brackets to aid pupils’ understanding of the article.

For certain words or phrases, I will find out the meaning and insert it at the side in brackets (as seen above) in order to aid my pupils in understanding the passage better. For other new words and phrases, I will speak aloud and model using contextual clues to find the answers.

2. Blank Words in the Article

This is the fun part.

You can either blank out the words that you have highlighted (or one word, if you have highlighted a phrase) or other words in the passage which you would like to revise even if they were not highlighted. Any word (Any grammatical item: adjective, pronoun, vocabulary…) can possibly be tested but it is crucial that the blank has contextual clues that will aid the doers in solving the question. Common items that are tested for cloze passage can be phrasal verbs (e.g. put ____(out) a fire), adjectives (a ____(challenging) task), nouns (gripping the ____(handle) of the broom tightly) etc. However, take note not to test your children on names of people and places.

Convert Newspaper Article into Cloze Passage

Cloze passage created from the original news article. Do not be anxious to set the hardest cloze passage possible! Simple answers may not mean there is less knowledge in them. (e.g. in her element)

If the article is too long, you may select just one short paragraph and have five blanks in it. There is no pressure to create a full-length cloze passage like the ones in the examinations. Bite-sized learning may be more effective at times.

3. Print the Article for Reading

Now that your materials are ready, it is time for your children to read. Alternatively, your children can read off the computer screen and type any definitions they have found beside the highlighted words or phrases.

It will be even better if you can read with your children. Even if you are not confident of your language abilities, reading with them shows them support and offers an opportunity for discussion and deeper understanding of the article.

4. Attempt the Cloze Passage

After reading the article and going through the highlighted words, it is time for your child to give the cloze passage a go.

If you are expecting your child to remember every single word, you will be disappointed. Most people read for content and do not pay that much attention to the language features. Hence, the cloze practice will be helpful in highlighting the language used. At the same time, as the children are already familiar with the content, they will be able to focus clearly on the language and make use of the contextual clues more effectively.

5. Mark the Answers (and Retry)

After your children have completed the cloze practice, mark with your child using the original article. If your children have not done well, this will be a good chance to focus on the clues and language again. Usually, I will have my children who have made mistakes to redo the same cloze passage in the following lesson. This helps ensure that they have learnt and builds up their confidence when they see an improvement. Lastly, it allows them to recognise that their effort put into preparation will pay off.

Below is a sample of a newspaper article and the cloze passage I have created. It is suitable for P4 to P6 children. However, do bear in mind that depending on the difficulty of the article, cloze passages of different difficulty levels can be set by choosing different words to blank out. Do try out the 5 steps to convert the newspaper article into cloze passage now!

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