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COMPREHENSION CLOZE

Using SPORTS Strategy

Prepared by Agnes Pang and Chew MK


Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
17 July 2008
• To use the SPORTS strategy to fill
in the blanks in a cloze passage.

• To identify clues in a cloze passage


and fill in each blank with the most
suitable word.
Note :
• Read passage at least twice
before starting.
• Each blank is to be filled in with
only one word.
• Answers must be correctly spelt
and be grammatically correct.
Subject-Verb Agreement
P
O
R
T
S
Subject-Verb Agreement
For example:

• A squirrel is a timid creature.


• Squirrels are timid creatures.
• One of the squirrels is eating a
S ubject-Verb Agreement
P hrasal verbs / Prepositions / Pronouns
O
R
T
S
Phrasal verbs / Prepositions / Pronouns
Examples:

1. Everything went according to plan, and we


arrived on time. (phrasal verb)

2. She dashed across the road. (preposition)

• The sisters and their mother went shopping


last week. (pronoun)
S ubject-Verb Agreement
P hrasal verbs / Prepositions / Pronouns
O nce - use each word once only.
R ead passage at least twice before starting.
T enses - use the correct tenses.
S
Use the correct tenses
Examples:

1. It was raining cats and dogs this morning.

2. He is as hungry as a wolf as he has not


taken any food since last night.

3. Mary and Jane are going swimming now.


S ubject-Verb Agreement
P hrasal verbs / Prepositions / Pronouns
O nce - use each word once only.
R ead passage at least twice before starting.
T enses - use the correct tenses.
S ense - check whether answers make sense.
Activity:
• Read the following passage twice.
Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny the Champion of the World’

appeals to readers, both young and old. Although it is

classified (1) ____________ a children’s book, it is a

book that adults enjoy reading too. Regarded as one

of the best of Roald Dahl’s books, it is (2)

_________an adventure story and a touching story of

a father-son relationship.
Ten-year-old Danny lives (3) ____________ his

father in a gypsy caravan. His world is a marvellous one,

simple yet exciting.

They are not wealthy. In fact, his father is not an

educated man. He earns a living running a gas station,

(34) ____________ Danny helps out.


Life without the trappings (5) ____________ wealth is peaceful

and wonderful when we read about Danny and his father, and the

fun they have together.

Life is simple until one day (36) ____________ his father tells

him his deep and dark secret. This secret heads them to a great

adventure, battling (37) _______________ the nasty Victor Hazell, a

wealthy landowner.
The story is so gripping that it is difficult to

put the book (38) ____________. Some parts of

the story depart (39) ____________ reality, like

a ten-year-old driving a car out in the woods by

himself on a rescue mission.


Activity:
2. Look for links / clues to the answers
and fill in the blanks using the
SPORTS strategy.
3. Read through to check if answers
make sense.
Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny the Champion of the World’

appeals to readers, both young and old. Although it is


Preposition
as
classified (1) ____________ a children’s book, it is a

book that adults enjoy reading too. Regarded as one

of the best of Roald Dahl’s books, it is (2)


Pronoun
both
_________an adventure story and a touching story of

a father-son relationship.
Preposition
with
Ten-year-old Danny lives (3) ____________

his father in a gypsy caravan. His world is a

marvellous one, simple yet exciting.

They are not wealthy. In fact, his father is not

an educated man. He earns a living running a


Adverb
where
gas station, (4) ____________ Danny helps out.
Preposition
of
Life without the trappings (5) ____________ wealth is peaceful

and wonderful when we read about Danny and his father, and the

fun they have together.

Subject-Verb Agreement
tells him his
Life is simple until one day (6) his father ____________

deep and dark secret. This secret heads them to a great adventure,
Preposition
against the nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy
battling (7) _______________

landowner.
The story is so gripping that it is difficult to
Phrasal Verb
down
put the book (8) ____________. Some parts of
Preposition
from
the story depart (9) ____________ reality, like a

ten-year-old driving a car out in the woods by

himself on a rescue mission.


However, the fantasy is believable
because Roald Dahl is a master of his
craft and never once (10)__________
makes you
doubt the reality of the adventure. Subject Verb
Agreement
Use the SPORTS strategy
in your worksheet and
fill in the blanks correctly.
S ubject-Verb Agreement
P hrasal verbs / Prepositions / Pronouns
O nce - use word once
R ead twice
T enses - tenses
S ense - make sense