Practice Texts for German Reading Comprehension:
Quick paragraphs to test your students’ German reading comprehension. This page features links to free downloadable worksheets with short German reading texts for various language levels. The texts are usually accompanied by multiple-choice questions to test German reading comprehension. The texts can also be used for other classroom purposes, such as freestyle questions, classroom discussions, role play, dictations etc. Some of the texts on this page are based on longer, bilingual articles on our deutschdrang blog page. If that is the case, additional related activities such as vocabulary or grammar exercises may be available on the blog page.
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Templates for grammatical scavenger hunts that can be performed with almost any reading text of about one page in length can be found here: Grammatical Scavenger Hunts.
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Dankeschön für saubere Felder B (online multiple-choice exercise about a short poster)
Das alte Haus B (online comprehension exercise; more than one answer may be correct)
Der Arztbesuch B (easy reading text with comprehension and vocabulary exercises)
Der Drache von Krakau B / I (reading text with comprehension and vocabulary exercises)
Der durstige Radfahrer B (online reading comprehension and grammar exercise)
Der Feueralarm B (reading text with questions, separable prefix exercise, and vocabulary)
Der geheilte Patient B (reading text with comprehension exercise)
Der Heilige Abend B (reading text with questions and imperative exercise)
Der kluge Torwächter B / I (reading text with true/false questions, vocabulary exercise, and simple past exercise)
Der Rattenfänger von Hameln B (The Pied Piper of Hamelin, with comprehension and vocabulary exercises)
Der Schäfer und die Nixe B / I (complete a short text with words from a word bank)
Der Urwalddoktor Albert Schweitzer B (reading text with questions and vocabulary exercise)
Die Geschichte vom Suppen-Kaspar (a children’s poem by Heinrich Hoffmann) B
Die Geschwister Scholl B (reading text and vocabulary/comprehension exercises)
Die junge Schwalbe B (easy pdf reading text, true/false questions and vocabulary)
Die Lorelei B / I (famous poem by Heinrich Heine, with comprehension questions and vocabulary match-up)
Die Schildbürger und der Maulwurf B / I (reading text with comprehension and vocabulary exercises)
Die Wahrsagerin B (reading text with match-up vocabulary exercise and short future tense exercise)
Ein Hund für Leonie B (easy reading text with vocabulary exercises)
Ein kluger Schmuggler B (reading text with comprehension, vocabulary and accusative exercises; pdf format)
Ein Ostermärchen B (fun story by Joachim Ringelnatz; with vocabulary and comprehension exercises)
Eine Reise mit dem Flugzeug (very easy reading text with bilingual illustrations for airport vocabulary) B
Ein Riesenkürbis (reading text with comprehension, vocabulary, and past participle exercises) B
Falsch verbunden (eine Bildergeschichte mit Richtig/Falsch Fragen). Nur Deutsch. B
Hans im Glück (based on Grimm fairy tale) B
Im Notfall B / I (reading text about the emergency number 112, with true/false questions)
Julias Familie B (reading text and comprehension questions about a family)
Kluge Menschen denken rund B/I (reading text about a fictitious caveman family; with vocabulary exercises and simple past exercise)
Melitta Bentz B (reading text with questions and exercises)
Mostly Martha B (reading text with questions and dative exercise; summary of the movie “Mostly Martha”)
Robert Koch B (reading text with exercises on vocabulary and adjective endings)
Sind wir zu schnell? (pdf reading text with exercises on vocabulary and two-way prepositions) B
Über das Älterwerden (poem with questions and online exercise; could also be used as a starting point in a conversation class) B / I
Unbelohnte Höflichkeit (online exercise to check reading comprehension) B
Verlaufen B (reading text with questions and three exercises)
Wer findet den Dieb/die Diebin? Somebody has stolen Oma Oppenheimer’s apple pie. Help her find the thief by eliminating suspects. Beginner-level online exercise. B
Wie man sich bettet, so liegt man B / I (focus on reflexive pronouns and verbs); an online version of the story that focuses on the reflexive pronouns (could be used as a follow-up to the reading passage)
Many excellent short German texts for reading comprehension, usually with vocab and/or grammar exercises.
Many short German texts with audio, reading comprehension, and vocab exercises
Many free short illustrated German books, mostly for early learners, but often with specific vocabulary like weather, clothing etc.
A fantastic resource about fables with lots of worksheets, online exercises, and general information.
Easy and free online reading books; intended for early readers, but can be used very well by beginner-level German students as well. The books are available in 7 languages so that different languages could be compared. Audio files for the books and games are also available.
Many short reading texts, with lots of illustrations, to practice reading. No activities, but a good length to use for reading comprehension.
A couple of short reading texts with vocab from Der Deutschraum.
Large pdf file with various reading texts and exercises created by the Landesschulrat Tirol. Very usable for German as a foreign language.