English Reading Practice
English reading practice is very important if you want to improve your
English reading skills.
This section contains articles on different subjects for you to read.
Each article has contains an exercise too.
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here are your next steps:
- Pick an article and start reading!
- Make sure you use a good
check the words you don't understand.
- Do the exercise for that specific article.
- Move forward to the next article!
Rights (videos, stories and exercises)
Videos, stories and exercises on the 30 human rights. For
example: The Right to Life, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of
Expression, and others. A video and story to illustrate each right.
Countries (articles and exercises)
Articles and exercises about the countries of the world. What is
special about each country? What is its history? Interesting stories
and inspiring leaders from around the world.Printable Worksheets (articles and exercises in PDF format)
Here is an example article. It is about the African country Morocco,
and a beautiful story of its people.
Morocco is a country in Africa. It is the most northwestern
country. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the
Mediterranean Sea to the north. It borders Algeria to the west.
Folk stories are a very important part of Moroccan culture. These
are stories that tell about the beliefs, traditions, and history of
Morocco and the Moroccan people. From
these stories, listeners can learn a lot about Morocco and what is
important to Moroccans.
Moroccan Folk Stories
"Folk" means people from a particular country who have a certain way of
There are many Moroccan Folk stories that are still told throughout
Morocco today. These stories each teach lessons and give an insight to
Moroccan culture. An "insight" is an understanding of something.
Many Moroccan folk stories have similar themes. A "theme" is an idea or
topic that repeats itself. Travelling is an important theme in these
folk stories as are animals, Islam, family, and respect. The stories
always feature (talk about) the landscape of Morocco from the deserts
to the mountains and the cities.
Water and housing are also very
important themes in Moroccan folk stories. This is probably because
both water and housing are hard to find, yet very important, in the
One of the most loved Moroccan folk stories is called, "The Girl Who
Lived With Gazelles." The story involves many of the themes typically
used in Moroccan folk stories including family, Islam, animals,
respect, and the desert.
The Girl Who Lived with Gazelles
There was once a young girl who lived with her father in the city.
father went away on a business trip. When he came back, the
city's priest, who was a bad man, told him an evil lie about
Though the lie was not true, the father believed
the priest and banished the girl to the desert. "Banished"
In the desert, the girl was adopted (taken care of) by a herd (group)
of gazelles. A "gazelle" is a kind of animal similar to a deer or
horse. She lived with the gazelles for many years.
One day, a
handsome prince came by and saw the girl. The two fell in love and got
married. Together, they had a son.
However, the prince's advisor was jealous of the love between
the prince and the girl. Because of this, he stole the baby. The girl
was so upset and frightened (scared) that she ran away to a village
nearby. There she wore a man's cloths and found work.
Many years later, the village was holding a hunting competition.
The girl's father, the priest, the prince, and the advisor were all
there. The girl recognized them (knew who they were), but they did not
At the competition, the girl stood up and told her life story
Everyone immediately recognized her. They understood she was telling
the truth! The
girl, the prince, and her father were all happily reunited (brought
together again). The priest and advisor were banished to prison.
They soon learned that the son who had been stolen was actually living
the village. The girl and her husband, the prince, were then reunited
with their son.
The prince was so happy that he passed a law that said
that hunters could not hunt (kill) gazelles. From that day on, the
gazelles were protected from harm.
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Morocco - Exercises
1. What does "insight" mean?
c) look at
d) listen to
2. What does "theme" mean?
b) idea that repeats itself
3. What does "banished" mean?
a) brought home
b) found to be lying
a) send away forever
b) found to be telling the truth
these stories, listeners can learn _________ lot about
2. Many Moroccan folk stories _________ similar themes.
c) had had
d) will have
father went away _________ a business trip.
1. What are some themes in Moroccan folk stories?
2. Why did the girl's father banish her to the desert?
3. What did the prince do at the end of the story because he was so
02 – Our Human Rights
03 – Human Right #1: We Are All Born Free and Equal
04 – Human Right #2: Don’t Discriminate
05 – Human Right #3: The Right to Life
06 – Human Right #4: No Slavery
07 – Human Right #5: No Torture
08 – Human Right #6: You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go
09 – Human Right #7: We're All Equal Before the Law
10 – Human Right #8: Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law
11 – Human Right #9: No Unfair Detainment
12 – Human Right #10: The Right to Trial
13 – Human Right #11: We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty
14 – Human Right #12: The Right to Privacy
15 – Human Right #13: Freedom to Move
16 – Human Right #14: The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live
17 – Human Right #15: Right to a Nationality
18 – Human Right #16: Marriage and Family
19 – Human Right #17: The Right to Your Own Things
20 – Human Right #18: Freedom of Thought
21 – Human Right #19: Freedom of Expression
22 – Human Right #20: The Right to Public Assembly
23 – Human Right #21: The Right to Democracy
24 – Human Right #22: Social Security
25 – Human Right #23: Workers' Rights
26 – Human Right #24: The Right to Play
27 – Human Right #25: Food and Shelter for All
28 – Human Right #26: The Right to Education
29 – Human Right #27: Copyright
30 – Human Right #28: A Fair and Free World
31 – Human Right #29: Responsibility
32 – Human Right #30: No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights
33 – Minds of Peace
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