Looking for cloze worksheets

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  1. MuggleBug

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    Dec 8, 2008

    Hi all, I'm looking for some cloze practice sheets for my middle school groups. I'm looking for anything on level from Grade 5 - Grade 8. I've been Googling but I thought I'd also ask here to see if anyone had any or had any links to sites where I can print off some good ones.

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    I read somewhere that you can make your own by taking a reading and removing about every fifth word, then you make sure that you make a list off to the side of the words you took out. The advantage of this is that you can tailor them to your group and it wouldn't be too time consuming if you pull readings off the net.
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    Exactly. Cloze sheets are not difficult to make (you only need to know how to hit a delete button and type in a blank) and are very easily suited to local and student interest. The best ones are those that teach a grammar point and might be guessed by someone with some knowledge of the language. Here's an example of one by Rod Ellis (the God of task-based TEFL) that was written for adults but could easily be re-written and adapted for kids. If they're well planned you can use them to teach just about any grammer point implicitly with almost no explicit instruction.



    (Ellis, 1992 – quoted in Noonan)
    Dialogue - Listen to Comprehend
    John: Hello. My name is John. What's your name?

    Sue: My name is Sue. What brings you to this party?

    John: I work with Tom.

    Sue: Oh, so what do you do?

    John: I am a teacher.

    Sue: Oh really, well, I can't stand kids. If I were a teacher, I think I would go crazy.

    John: Really? Well, what do you do?

    Sue: I am a politician.

    John: Oh wow! Well, if I were a politician, the world would be in even worse shape than it already is. And my wife . . . if she were a politician's wife, she would definitely be even unhappier than she already is. She is a woman that needs time to her work in her garden. Well . . . what does your husband do?

    Sue: Presently, he is a lawyer. But if he were a teacher, I'm sure he would go crazy too.

    John: You are being too hard on yourselves. You see that couple over there? They are teachers. If they can do it, so can you.

    Sue: I suppose so, but if they were ballerinas, I'm sure they would be great too. I think anybody can be anything they want to if they try hard enough.

    John: I suppose. But if we were ballerinas, I don't think we would be great ones. We are professionals who work in an office all day. I doubt we would have much success with professional athletics or arts.


    Dialogue -- Cloze - Listen to Notice

    John: Hello. My name is John. What's your name?

    Sue: My name is Sue. What brings you to this party?

    John: I work with Tom.

    Sue: Oh, so what do you do?

    John: I ______ a teacher.

    Sue: Oh really, well, I can't stand kids. If I __________ a teacher, I think I _________ go crazy.

    John: Really? Well, what do you do?

    Sue: I _________ a politician.

    John: Oh wow! Well, ______ I _____________ a politician, the world ____________ be an even worse shape than it already is. And my wife . . . ________ she _____________ a politician's wife, she ____________ definitely be unhappier than she already is. She ____________ a woman that needs time to her work in her garden. Well . . . what does your husband do?

    Sue: Presently, he __________ a lawyer. But ______ he ___________ a teacher, I'm sure he ___________ go crazy too.

    John: You are being too hard on yourselves. You see that couple over there? They are teachers. If they can do it, so can you.

    Sue: I suppose so, but ______ they ____________ ballerinas, I'm sure they ____________ be great too. I think anybody can be anything they want to if they try hard enough.

    John: I suppose. But ______ we ___________ ballerinas, I don't think we ___________ be great ones. We are professionals who work in an office all day. I doubt we would have much success with professional athletics or arts.


    Analyze -- Understanding the Grammar Point
    Analyze the following sentences. At the bottom of the page, write a rule to describe the patterns you find.

    1.
    A) I AM a teacher.
    B) If I WERE a teacher, I would go crazy.

    2.
    A) I AM a politician.
    B) If I WERE a politician, the world would be in even worse shape than it already is.

    3.
    A) She IS a woman that needs time to her work in her garden.
    B) If she WERE a politician's wife, she would definitely be unhappier than she already is.

    4.
    A) He IS a lawyer.
    B) If he WERE a teacher, I'm sure he would go crazy too.

    5.
    A) They ARE teachers.
    B) If they WERE ballerinas, I'm sure they would be great too.

    6.
    A) We ARE professionals who work in an office all day.
    B) If we WERE ballerinas, I don't think we would be great ones.





    Extra Examples

    7.
    A) It IS a problem.
    B) If it WERE a problem, people would tell us.

    8.
    A) You ARE a good person.
    B) If you WERE a good person, you would help me.

    Your Rule (your guess):
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________


    Real Rule (from book or teacher):
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________

    Exercise 1 -- Checking
    Look at the italicised part in the following sentences. If the sentence contains an error, correct it. If it does not contain any errors, write Correct.

    ________ 1. I were a lawyer.

    ________ 2. If I were a lawyer, I would make more money.

    ________ 3. If I was a rock star, I would be happier.

    ________ 4. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

    ________ 5. If he were the president, he will make many new laws.

    ________ 6. If they are popular, they would act differently.

    ________ 7. He were a math professor.

    ________ 8. If you were president, what laws would you make?

    ________ 9. If we were born in France, we would speak French.

    ________ 10. If I were a rich man, I would give to the poor.
    Exercise 2 -- Trying it
    Use the following prompts to make conditional sentences for conversation with a partner.

    Example: (You) -- (President of the U.S.)
    Person A: If you were the President of the U.S., what would you do?
    Person B: If I were the President of the U.S., I would get rid of taxes.
    1. (you) -- (movie star)
    2. (he -- another student in the class) -- (rich man)
    3. (she -- another person in the class) -- (the last woman on earth)
    4. (you) -- (party animal)
    5. (we) -- (teachers)
    6. (they) -- (criminals)
    7. (you) -- (most beautiful person alive)
    Write a journal entry to answer this question: If you were the richest person alive, how would your life be different?

    Go back and repeat the dialogue CLOZE one more time, paying attention to verb use.
     

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