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Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension Through Cloze Activities

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!




About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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