The Cloze Procedure features a passage from text that contains blanks where words are deliberately omitted. It is designed to measure a student’s comprehension, but may also be used to activate prior knowledge about a topic. To create a Cloze Activity, choose a passage of text and delete words based on a word count formula, such as every 5th word. You may supply a word bank for students or not include one. This procedure may be used as a formative assessment to adjust reading instruction. Check out more information on Learn NC.
Sample Cloze Activity
Read the following passage and fill in the blanks so that the passage makes sense.
As American colonists got word of the battles in Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill, they faced a major decision. Should they join the ________ or remain loyal to _______? Those who chose to ______ with Britain, the Loyalists, ______ not consider unfair taxes _______ regulations good reason for ______. Some remained faithful to ______ king because they were ______ who would lose their ______ as a result of ______ Revolution. Others were people ______ had not been part ______ the movement of discontent ______ turned so many Colonists ______ Britain. The Patriots were determined to battle the British to the end – until American Independence was won!