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Fun Easy English Reading Comprehension

This is a complete list of the reading comprehension lessons in Fun Easy English. Learn about a world holiday while testing your reading comprehension skills. Also read famous stories with audio programs to improve your English listening skills.
Holiday Reading
Holiday Reading Comprehension Lessons

The following holiday reading lessons also contain questions to test your reading comprehension skills.
Holidays Holidays
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader in the American civil rights movement.
April Fool's Day
Americans play small tricks on friends and strangers alike on the first of April.
National Freedom Day
National Freedom Day is a United States holiday held on February 1st.
Black Friday
Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
New Year's Day
New Year's Day is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday.
New Year's Eve
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve is on December 31st.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on the 25th day of December.
Passover
Passover is an important Biblically-derived Jewish festival.
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day.
Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day is a US holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.
Columbus Day
Celebration of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
Purim
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people.
DST Begins - DST Ends
Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of changing clocks twice a year.
Rosh Hashana
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures.
Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th.
Diwali
Diwali or the "festival of lights", is a five-day Hindu festival.
Spring Equinox
The March equinox is also considered to be the first day of Spring.
Earth Day
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22nd to support environmental protection.
Sukkot
Sukkot is a biblical Jewish holiday.
Easter Sunday
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday.
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday in the USA and Canada when people give thanks.
English Language Day
UN English Language Day is observed annually on April 23rd.
Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat is a minor Jewish holiday and is an ecological awareness day.
George Washington Birthday
George Washington was the first President of the United States.
United Nations Day
United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week.
Good Friday
Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians.
Valentines Day
Valentines Day is a holiday which is celebrated in many different countries.
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada.
Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday.
Hanukkah
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday.
Winter Solstice
The winter solstice is the time at which the sun is at its lowest altitude above the horizon.
Holi
Holi is a spring festival also known as festival of colors.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st every year.
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10th.
World Toilet Day
World Toilet Organization Day is committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide.
International Jazz Day
International Jazz Day is a yearly event on April 30th.
World Water Day
World Water Day is observed on March 22nd.
Kwanzaa
The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture.
Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah is known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Mardi Gras
The terms "Mardi Gras" in English refers to events of the Carnival celebrations.
Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is a Jewish festival also known as the day of atonement.
And More Holiday Reading Comprehension Lessons
Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. - Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day that are commonly celebrated. There is also a section addressing four recognition months that are commonly acknowledged in the USA: Black History Month, Women's History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. This is really good reading practice for advanced students.
  • New Years Eve - 4 pages - In the United States, people begin celebrating the New Year on December 31, New Years Eve. Read about the traditions surrounding this holiday and how many Americans celebrate it.
  • Martin Luther King Day - 4 pages - Martin Luther King Day honors the life and legacy of one of the visionary leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Peace. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January.
  • President's Day - 10 pages - This federal holiday is formally called "Washington's Birthday" and is celebrated on the third Monday in February. However, it is a common practice to celebrate the birthdays of both Presidents Lincoln and Washington on this day.
  • Memorial Day - 4 pages - Memorial Day is a holiday to honor the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. It is observed on the fourth Monday in May.
  • Independence Day - 8 pages - Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.
  • Labor Day - 4 pages - Labor Day was established as a holiday for workers, both as a tribute to their contributions to the nation, and as a means of bringing more public awareness to their struggles. It is celebrated on the first Monday of September.
  • Columbus Day - 4 pages - Columbus Day is a legal federal holiday that commemorates the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, who sailed west from Spain in 1492 and reached the islands of present day Bahamas. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
  • Thanksgiving Day - 6 pages - In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life's many blessings.
  • Veterans Day - 4 pages - On this holiday, Americans remember war veterans and the trials and hardships they experienced. Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11.
  • Christmas - 6 pages - Christmas is a joyful holiday of Christian origin that is recognized by many people in the United States. It is celebrated on December 25.
  • Chinese New Year - 4 pages - Chinese New Year is one of the most important and festive Chinese holidays. More than 2.5 million people of Chinese descent live in the United States and Chinese New Year's celebrations provide an important connection to Chinese culture and heritage.
  • Valentine's Day - 4 pages - Valentine's Day is a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14.
  • Native American Pow-Wows - 4 pages - A Pow-Wow is a large social gathering of Native American tribes and individuals. Every year, hundreds of powwows occur on Native American reservations and in other locations across the nation from March through August.
  • Earth Day and Arbor Day - 4 pages - Both Arbor Day and Earth Day focus on the environment. Here we discuss environmental awareness in America. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April and Earth Day is April 22.
  • Mother's Day and Father's Day - 6 pages - Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and Father's Day is recognized on the third Sunday in June. On these days, American children show their appreciation by treating fathers, mothers, or those who have served as parental figures in their lives, to something special.
  • Graduation - 4 pages - Graduation ceremonies celebrate the completion of one part of a person's education. The ceremony marks a transition from one stage in a student's life to another.
  • Flag Day - 6 pages - National Flags are not merely symbols of a country; their colors and designs convey past history and future goals. The flag is one of the nations's most powerful and significant symbols, and as such, is celebrated every June 14th in the United States.
  • Juneteenth - 4 pages - Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in the nation to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19.
  • Halloween - 4 pages - Halloween originated, in part, as a celebration connected with evil spirits and the dead. Popular Halloween traditions in the United States include trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows. It is celebrated on October 31.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries - 4 pages - Anniversary celebrations are those that commemorate a particular date or past event. Birthdays are also celebrated in a variety of ways in the United States. Read about these two types of celebratory days.
  • Black History Month - 2 pages - Black History Month is celebrated in February. One aim of Black History Month is to expose the harmful effects of racial prejudice; another is to recognize significant contributions made by people with African heritage, including artists, musicians, scientists, political figures, educators, and athletes.
  • Women's History Month - 2 pages - Women's History Month is celebrated in March with special programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities. These programs recognize women's achievements in such areas as science, math, politics, arts, and athletics.
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - 2 pages - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated with a congressional bill. It is celebrated in May with community events that involve historical, educational, and cultural activities, and the recognition of famous Asian Americans in such fields as architecture, entertainment, athletics, education, art, and science.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - 2 pages - Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year. Celebrations often include cultural activities and programs with speeches, food, dance, and music that recognize the political, artistic, athletic, and educational achievements of Hispanic Americans.
Stories for Reading Comprehension
Required Reading - The following stories are famous in America and required reading for American students in many schools.
Design for Drama: Short Plays from American Literature - 59 pages - Design for Drama features a number of plays that are adapted from well-known American short stories and poems. The stories represented are 'The Marriages' by Henry James, 'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry, 'The Devil' and 'Tom Walker' by Washington Irving, 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe, 'A Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce, and 'Richard Cory' by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Design for Drama is recommended for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English. (opens to a new PDF window) Great English reading practice.
Mary and Her Little Lamb - 16 pages - This illustrated story is from the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb." (opens to a new PDF window) Great English reading practice.
Raggedy Ann Stories - 83 pages - Raggedy Ann Stories, abridged and adapted from the original, contains 13 short stories about the classic rag doll and her friends. The text is accompanied by the original illustrations, a picture glossary, and questions to aid comprehension. The language has been simplified for high-beginning level English language learners (with vocabulary at the first 1000-word level) and is appropriate for young learners. These stories come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
To Build a Fire and Other Stories - 103 pages - Jack London's To Build a Fire and Other Stories is one of the most famous collections of stories of survival in the wilderness, adapted for English language learners. With approximately 2,000 headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate-level learners. Included in this collection are stories of the Yukon and Alaska from 100 years ago filled with colorful characters and adventures that show London's love of life, people, and adventure, like "The Law of Life" and "The Wit of Porportuk." These stories come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller - 90 pages - Seven popular Poe stories, slightly adapted for language learners. Stories are suitable for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English. Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller contains seven popular Poe stories: "The Mask of the Red Death," "The Story of William Wilson," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Black Cat," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado." These stories come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories - 79 pages - TThe Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories is an adaptation of Stephen Crane classics. Part of the Ladder series, at 2000 headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate learners. Praised by literary critics and Civil War veterans at the time of its publication in 1896, The Red Badge of Courage stands out among stories of war. Other stories included in the book are "The Open Boat," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "The Blue Hotel." These stories come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 107 pages - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an adaptation of a Mark Twain classic. Part of the Ladder series, at 1000 headwords, this title is appropriate for low-intermediate to intermediate learners. Considered one of the great American novels, Tom is an iconic figure in American literature and one that students and teachers alike will enjoy. This classic novel comes with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 159 pages - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Part of the Ladder Series, this volume has approximately 2000 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners. This tale of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures on the Mississippi River is a well-loved piece of American literature. Considered a classic, this book’s story is one of friendship, loyalty, and difficult choices. This classic novel comes with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain - 100 pages - The Autobiography of Mark Twain is an adaptation of Twain’s autobiography. Part of the Ladder series, this title has approximately three thousand headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. Twain, who lived in the United States in the nineteenth century, is the author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In this volume Twain recounts colorful anecdotes from his long life. This classic autobiography comes with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
About the U.S.A. - 135 pages - About the U.S.A. is an American Studies reader that examines the customs, government, and history of the United States of America. The text provides a wealth of information on U.S. geography and history; the roles of local, state, and federal government; national holidays and symbols; the Constitution; and citizenship. The book, which was written for intermediate to advanced learners of English, contains a range of activities for language students to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (opens to a new PDF window) Great English reading practice.
About America - Learn about the fascinating history and government of the United States of America. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Great English reading practice for beginning to intermediate students.
U.S. Citizen - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers lesson plans for ESL instructors preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test as well as language needed for the reading and writing portions of the English Test. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The following is a collection of those resources. Learn all about the United States of America. Great English reading and vocabulary practice.
Travel America - Do you love America and American English? Then you are going to love these pages. If you are planning to come to America as a student, for travel, or you simply love everything American then Fun Easy English is your place to begin your journey. Pick your favorite state below and find out everything you always wanted to know. Great English reading practice.
Drive America - Are you planning to travel to America for a vacation or to study English? If you are planning on driving during your stay, it is important to know the meaning of traffic signs, rules, and regulations. The police in America are very strict and will give you a ticket for even the slightest mistake. These tickets can cost a lot of money and you will need to spend time to pay the penalty at the appropriate agency. YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED.
Dialogs for Everyday Use - 61 pages - Dialogs for Everyday Use is a collection of thirty situational dialogs that focus on a wide variety of communicative situations and natural encounters in English. Each dialog is accompanied by a contextual illustration and can be used as a springboard for extended listening and speaking practice. The text also includes language notes that provide useful information on grammar and intonation patterns. This text is suggested for intermediate learners of English. (opens to a new PDF window)
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More Dialogs for Everyday Use - 44 pages - More Dialogs for Everyday Use contains thirty-six situation-based dialogs that present spoken American English in a natural way. The text is similar in instructional approach and format to Dialogs for Everyday Use, but includes longer conversational episodes. A photo is included with each dialogue to provide additional contextual support. This book also includes short language notes that focus on specific grammar points. This text is suggested for intermediate to high-intermediate learners of English. (opens to a new PDF window)
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Everyday Conversations: Learning American English - 72 pages - This resource can be used by teachers and learners. Everyday Conversations is intended for sixth- and seventh-grade students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Students can read dialogues in English. Topics of the conversations include introductions and small talk, shopping, asking for directions, hobbies, and giving advice. (opens to a new PDF window)
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In the Loop - 134 pages - In The Loop is a reference guide to American English idioms. It will not only help students learn the meaning of American idioms, but also give them an understanding of the history, culture, values, and beliefs these idioms reflect. In addition to the idioms themselves, the book contains lists of idioms by theme, some ready-to-use classroom activities, and an index that identifies the original listing and any cross-references to the idiom. (opens to a new PDF window)
Developing Writing - 157 pages - Developing Writing is a reading and writing skills text designed for beginning to intermediate learners of English. Each of the twenty chapters in this book is introduced by a reading selection that incorporates the lesson’s model structures, mechanics, and grammar points. Each reading in Developing Writing focuses on some aspect of American or world culture. Each reading passage is followed by composition, vocabulary, and spelling activities. An irregular verb list, grammar rule index, and answer key are also included. (opens to a new PDF window)
American Teens Talk! - 72 pages - Americans Teens Talk! is a collection of interviews of American high school students. Each interview is accompanied by vocabulary notes and discussion questions. The interviews in American Teens Talk! give learners a view into the lives of adolescents in the U.S. Through the written format of the interviews, learners are able to increase their vocabulary, practice their reading and listening skills, engage in discussions, and learn more about U.S. culture. These interviews come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud Children's Songs - Sing Out Loud Children's Songs includes popular children's songs in the U.S.A. Posters accompany the individual Sing Out Loud Children's Songs. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs - 70 pages - The Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs collection contains 13 traditional American folk songs and song lyrics. Listen to the songs online, read the lyrics, and collect the posters that accompany the songs. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Sing Out Loud American Rhythms - 70 pages - Do you love music? Want to use it to learn English? Check out the hip-hop inspired song "Peace" from Sing Out Loud American Rhythms. American Rhythms includes a variety of musical genres from many different artists in the U.S.A. These songs will appeal to teens and young adults. These songs come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Why English? Comics for the Classroom - This resource can be used by teachers and learners. It includes notes for teachers and activities to use in the classroom at the end of each story. The stories in Why English? Comics for the Classroom – written by teenagers and young adults – will appeal to learners of all ages. These stories provide an enjoyable opportunity to increase vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening, speaking, and writing. The stories and exercises together are a whole-language anthology designed to improve communication skills. This book provides exercises that employ the cooperative/collaborative learning philosophy and address multiple learning styles. These comics come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Lighter Side of TEFL - The Lighter Side of TEFL is a collection of activities taken from "The Lighter Side," a recurring feature section in English Teaching Forum. The text includes word games, crossword puzzles, idioms, limericks, jokes, riddles, and international folk tales. Each activity is self-contained on one page for easy duplication by the teacher and includes teaching suggestions and an answer key. There is also an audio component featuring humorous short pieces for listening comprehension. These lessons come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories - This collection of short stories by O. Henry gives the reader a wonderful selection of characters from the United States of 100 years ago. The classic short story The Gift of the Magi is the most famous of O. Henry's stories, but the stories that follow in this collection give the reader a deeper and richer sample of O. Henry's storytelling. This collection of short stories gives the reader a wonderful selection of characters from the United States of 100 years ago. These lessons come with audio programs. Great English listening and reading practice.
Environment

Do you believe in CLIMATE CHANGE and GLOBAL WARMING? Many Americans believe humans are causing the planet to get warmer while other Americans do not believe there is any problem. This section of Fun Easy English present scientific evidence of global warming. This is really good reading practice for advanced students.
EPA climate change data

The EPA climate change data was copied and now resides safely on this site. This data will be used as a benchmark to ascertain the level at which President Trump and his administration will censor and hide this information from the American public. Continue reading....
Climate change is happening

Our Earth is warming. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. Continue reading....
Overview of climate change science

Earth's climate is changing. Multiple lines of evidence show changes in our weather, oceans, ecosystems, and more. Natural causes alone cannot explain all of these changes. Human activities are contributing to climate change, primarily by releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases, known as greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere every year. Continue reading....
What you can do about climate change

This page provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate. Take action today. Small steps add up, if we all do our part. Continue reading....
Extreme Weather

Extreme weather and climate events pose a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families and businesses. Continue reading....

Picture - This map summarizes the number of times each state has been affected by weather and climate events over the past 30 years that have resulted in more than a billion dollars in damages. The Southeast has been affected by more billion-dollar disasters than any other region. The primary disaster type for coastal states such as Florida is hurricanes, while interior and northern states in the region also experience sizeable numbers of tornadoes and winter storms.
Climate Change Indicators: Weather and Climate

Rising global average temperature is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns. Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change. This chapter focuses on observed changes in temperature, precipitation, storms, floods, and droughts. Continue reading....
Climate Change Indicators: Oceans

Covering about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans have a two-way relationship with weather and climate. The oceans influence the weather on local to global scales, while changes in climate can fundamentally alter many properties of the oceans. This chapter examines how some of these important characteristics of the oceans have changed over time. Continue reading....
Climate Change Indicators: Snow and Ice

The Earth’s surface contains many forms of snow and ice, including sea, lake, and river ice; snow cover; glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets; and frozen ground. Climate change can dramatically alter the Earth’s snow- and ice-covered areas because snow and ice can easily change between solid and liquid states in response to relatively minor changes in temperature. This chapter focuses on trends in snow, glaciers, and the freezing and thawing of oceans and lakes. Continue reading....
Climate Change Indicators: Ecosystems

Ecosystems provide humans with food, clean water, and a variety of other services that can be affected by climate change. This chapter looks at some of the ways that climate change affects ecosystems, including changes in wildfires, streams and lakes, bird migration patterns, fish and shellfish populations, and plant growth. Continue reading....
Climate Change Indicators: Health and Society

Changes in the Earth’s climate can affect public health, agriculture, water supplies, energy production and use, land use and development, and recreation. The nature and extent of these effects, and whether they will be harmful or beneficial, will vary regionally and over time. This chapter looks at some of the ways that climate change is affecting human health and society, including changes in Lyme disease, West Nile virus, ragweed pollen season, heat-related deaths and hospitalizations, heating and cooling needs, and the agricultural growing season across the United States. Continue reading....
Climate Change Impacts: Region

The climate changes facing our planet vary greatly depending on the region. Differences in impact go from slight, to moderate, to great, with some findings actually pointing in the other direction....although not many. This chapter looks at the impacts of climate change on an international level and on a United States regional level. Note: I wrote this introduction....it was not from the EPA site.
Climate Change Impacts: Sector

The climate changes facing our planet vary greatly depending on the sector in question. Differences in impact go from slight, to moderate, to great, with some findings actually pointing in the other direction....although not many. This chapter looks at the impacts of climate change on various sectors in the United States. Note: I wrote this introduction....it was not from the EPA site.
 
 
 
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