This is one of a series of activities taken from the "Quick Reads" series of books. The book is called "We won the lottery", by Danny Buckland. Here you will find a number of interactive tasks to accompany the book.
If you want to print off the text, it is available here.
There is also a worksheet if you would like to complete the activities on paper.
You are going to read a 200 word extract from a book called ‘We won the lottery’ by Danny Buckland, to help you practise your reading skills.
Here, you will read the first 200 words of the book. You can read it on screen, or download the text here.
First of all, read it for 1 minute and 20 seconds. Note where you read up to.
Go back to the beginning of the story and read for another 1 minute and 20 seconds. Note where you read up to again. You should be able to read further on this second reading.
Continue timing yourself reading until you have read the whole text
Go back to the beginning of the story and read for another 1 minute and 20 seconds. Mark where you read up to again. You should be able to read further on this second reading.
Continue timing yourself reading until you have read the whole text.
Use this timer to time yourself reading:
In this activity, you will look at some words from the text and match them to similar meanings.
Here, you will read some statements based on the story.
You need to decide if the statements are true, false or there is no information.
In this activity, you can check your understanding of the story.
Make sentences from the story by matching the beginnings of sentences to the correct endings.
Finally, you will put the words in the right order to make sentences from the story.
Now you have completed all of the activities, listen to someone read the extract of the story “We’ve won the lottery’ aloud.
Lottery by ESOL Nexus
Read the transcript as you listen. Try to read at the same speed as the speaker.
If you would like to read more of the book ‘We won the lottery’, you can order a copy at:
You could also ask for the book at your local library.
What do you think about this book? If you read it, let us know what you think.
Quick Reads have developed a huge range of short books that are really great if you don’t have much time to read:
‘If you are too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, Quick Reads are for you.’
If you would like to find out more about Quick Reads and see their amazing range of books, go to: http://www.quickreads.org.uk/
Reading for pleasure in English will benefit you in many ways:
Can you think of other ways that reading for pleasure may help you?
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