BY KEVIN HODGSON

Cloze reading activities are pretty common in many classrooms as a way for teachers to gauge fluency and comprehension in reading. The Cloze Test Generator is an easy-to-use, free cloze reading generator with just a few bells and whistles to make things interesting.

The way the Cloze Test Generator works is you insert the text you want to use in the box, then choose what words to leave out of the final product. You can remove words based on sequence (for example, every third word), or various parts of speech, or you can use the “let me choose” option for what you want to leave out. The generator even has a “clue” option which allows a teacher to leave clues for struggling readers.

The generator can either provide the missing words in a bank, or not, based on what you want it to do. So you could generate a word list for students or leave it off. There is also an interactive component, which allows you to create the cloze activity as an online option. Students can then write the missing words onto the webpage, which also shows the correct answers with the click of a button. I could not find an option to link to a teacher-created activity, so I assume that a teacher would have to set up the page for the student at the computer.

Here is what I just wrote in my first paragraph, popped into the generator. Can you tell what I left out?

Cloze reading activities are pretty common __ many classrooms as a way ___ teachers __ test ___ fluency and comprehension ____ reading. The Cloze Test Generator is an easy-to-use–, free cloze reading generator ____ just a few bells and whistles __ make things interesting. The way the Cloze Test Generator works is you insert the text that you want __ use and then choose what words __ leave ___ __ the final product. You can remove words based __ sequence (___ example, every third word), or some parts __ speech, or you can use the “let me choose” option ___ what you want __ leave ___. The generator even has a “clue” option which allows a teacher __ leave clues ___ struggling readers.

(answer: prepositions).

Cloze Test Generator

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