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Міністерство освіти і науки України

Науково-методичний центр управління освіти

Хмельницької міської ради

Спеціалізована загальноосвітня школа І-ІІІ ступенів №12


Розвиток навичок читання учнів на уроках англійської мови»



Схвалено до друку рішенням науково-методичної ради Управління освіти Хмельницької міської ради

Навчальне видання

«Розвиток навичок читання учнів на уроках англійської мови»

Автор І.А.Галкіна

Вчитель англійської мови Хмельницької спеціалізованої загальноосвітньої школи І-ІІІ ступенів №12

Рецензент: Л.О.Кулакова, методист інформаційно-методичного кабінету управління освіти Хмельницької міської ради.

Посібник містить цікаві автентичні твори з тестовими завданнями не тільки для задоволення смаків любителів детективних історій, пригодницький оповідань та історій про аборигенів Північної Америки, життєвих історій про дітей і для дітей, які вчать жити в добрі і радості, в гармонії з собою та в приятельських стосунках з однолітками, а й для покращення навичок читання. Його можна використати для поточного і підсумкового контролю навчальних досягнень та самостійної роботи, для уроків курсу «Країнознавство». Посібник рекомендовано вчителям англійської мови для використання на уроках в 7- 11 класах.


“Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”…5

“Detective stories”………………………………………………...27

“Murder in the library”……………………………………………29

“The open door”…………………………………………………..36

“Stories for children and about children”…………………………45

“A seed is a promise”……………………………………………...46

“Ramona Quimby, age 8”…………………………………………52

“The lost lake”…………………………………………………….56

“The legend about the Indian Paintbrush”………………………..70

Life stories”………………………………………………………74

Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”


Clive Staples Lewis is a famous writer. Lewis’s fascination with fairy tales, myths and legends drawn from his childhood led him to write “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” This book was the first and six further books followed to become the very popular “Chronicles of Narnia.” This book is now a major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

We hope that students will be happy to read some extracts from this book about journey to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, battles between good and evil.

Level B+

Lucy looks into a Wardrobe

(from the book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis).

New vocabulary

Fur- хутро

Prickly- колючий

Inquisitive- надто допитливий

Glimpse- погляд

Pitter patter- перестук

Muffler – шарф або кашне.

Read the text and do the tests.

“This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!” thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her… Next moment she found that what was rubbing against her face and hands was no longer soft fur but something hard and rough and even prickly.

“Why, it is just like branches of trees!” exclaimed Lucy. And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off. Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air. Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree-trunks, she could still see the open door way of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out….. She began to walk forward, crunch- crunch over the snow and through the wood towards the other light… It was a lamp-post. As she stood looking at it, wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming towards her. And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the trees into the light of the lamp-post.

He was a little taller than Lucy herself and he carried over his head an umbrella, white with snow. From the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like goat’s….and instead of feet he had goat’s hoofs. He also had a tail…, he had a red woolen muffler round his neck, and his skin was rather reddish too. He had a strange, but pleasant little face, with a short pointed beard and curly hair, and out of the hair there stuck two horns, one on each side of his forehead. One of his hands held the umbrella; in the other arm he carried several brown-paper parcels. What with the parcels and the snow it looked just as if he had been doing his Christmas shopping. He was a Faun. And when he saw Lucy he gave such a start of surprise that he dropped all his parcels.

“Goodness gracious me!” exclaimed Lucy.

  1. Do the matching

  1. enormous a) having nothing or nobody inside in.

  2. a fold b) a measure of length.

  3. an inch c) full of fear or worry.

  4. frightened d) the thick central part of the tree that the branches grow from.

  5. empty e) to press against sth, often causing pain or damage.

  6. a hoof f) the part of face above the eyes and below the hair.

  7. a forehead g) kind, polite and generous.

  8. gracious h) the hard part of the foot of animals.

  9. a tree-trunk i) a curved shape that it made when there is more material than is necessary to cover.

  10. to rub j) very big or very great.

  1. Circle the right answer.

  1. “This is must be a simply ….. wardrobe!” thought Lucy.

    1. trivial, b) average, c) colossal.

  2. She found that was no longer…. fur.

    1. delicate, b) luxurious, c) sharp.

  3. “Why, it is just like… of trees!” exclaimed Lucy.

    1. trunks, b) races, c) off- springs.

  4. Lucy felt a little …..

    1. pleased, b) afraid, c) surprised.

  5. The Faun’s skin was rather….. too.

    1. ginger, b) scarlet, c) maroon.

  1. Circle True or False.

  1. Next moment she found that what was rubbing against her face and hands was hard, rough and sharp. T/F.

  2. She could even catch a stare of the empty room. T/F.

  3. From the small of the back upwards he was like a man. T/F.

  4. His legs were cut out like goats. T/F.

  5. He was a Dryad with horns and goat’s legs. T/F.

  1. Fill the gaps using the words in correct order.

Afraid, quite, feet, siblings, heart, air-raids, odd- looking.

Lucy and her … were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the …. of the country. The Professor was so…. that Lucy was a little… of him. The children were sent away from London during the war because of the ….. One day they explored in the house. Lucy looked into a room that was ….. empty except for one big wardrobe. Looking into the inside she saw several coats hanging up and to her great surprise she felt snow under her….

Keys to the text “Lucy looks into the Wardrobe”

1.1j, 2i, 3b, 4c, 5a, 6h, 7f, 8g, 9d, 10e.

2. 1c, 2a, 3c, 4b, 5b.

3. True – 1, 3. False - 2, 4, 5.

4. Siblings, heart, odd- looking, afraid, air- raids, quite, feet.

Level B+

What Lucy found there.

(from the book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis).

New vocabulary:

Daughter of Eve- дочка Єви

Rough- грубий

Blink – миготіти

Tongs - обценьки.

Read the text and do the tests.

“My name is Tumnus.”

“I am very pleased to meet you, Mr. Tumnus,” said Lucy.

“And may I ask, O Lucy Daughter of Eve,” said Mr. Tumnus, “how you have come into Narnia?”

“Narnia? What’s that?” said Lucy.

“This is the land of Narnia,” said the faun, “where we are now; all that lies between the lamp- post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea. And you- you have come from the Wild Woods of the West?”

“I – I got in through the wardrobe in the spare room,” said Lucy.

“Ah! Said Mr. Tumnus in the rather melancholy voice,” if only I had worked harder at geography when I was a little Faun, I should no doubt know all about those strange countries. It is too late now.”

“But they aren’t countries at all”, said Lucy, almost laughing. “It’s only just back there – at least- I’m not sure. It is summer there”.

“Meanwhile”, said Mr. Tumnus, “It is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow. Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom, where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?”

“Thank you very much, Mr. Tumnus,” said Lucy. “But I was wondering whether I ought to be getting back”.

“It is only just round the corner,” said the Faun, “and there’ll be a roaring fire- and toast- and sardines- and cake.”

“Well, it’s very kind of you,” said Lucy.”But I shan’t be able to stay long.”

If you will take my arm, Daughter of Eve,” said Mr. Tumnus, “I shall be able to hold the umbrella over both of us. That’s the way. Now- off we go”.

And so Lucy found herself walking through the wood arm in arm with this strange creature as if they had known one another all their lives.

They had not gone far before they came to a place where the ground became rough and there were rocks all about and little hills up and little hills down. At the bottom of one small valley Mr. Tumnus turned suddenly aside as if he were going to walk straight into unusually large rock, but at the last moment Lucy found he was leading her into the entrance of a cave. As soon as they were inside she found herself blinking in the light of a wood fire. Then Mr. Tumnus stooped and took a flaming piece of wood out of the fire with a neat little pair of tongs, and lit a lamp.”Now we shan’t be long”, he said, and immediately put a kettle on.

Lucy thought she had never been in a nicer place. It was a little, dry, clean cave of reddish stone with a carpet on the floor and two little chairs and a table and a dresser and a mantelpiece over the fire and above that a picture of an old Faun with a grey beard. In one corner there was a door which Lucy thought must lead to Mr. Tumnus’s bedroom, and on one wall was a shelf full of books. Lucy looked at these while he was setting out the tea things. The y had titles like “The life and letters of Silenus or Nymphs and their ways or men”, “Monks and gamekeepers”, “A study in popular legend or is man a myth?”

  1. Do the matching.

  1. a wardrobe a) a tall pole at the side of the road with a light on the top.

  2. a lamp-post b) without beginning or end.

  3. eternal c) a living thing.

  4. roaring d) the lowest part of something.

  5. a creature e) making a loud, deep sound.

  6. a bottom f) a large cupboard in which you can hang your clothes.

  7. a valley g) a large hole under the ground or in the side of hill.

  8. a cave h) the door, gate where you go into a place.

  9. a beard i) a hair which grows on a man’s cheeks or chin.

  10. an entrance j) the low land between two mountains or hills.

  1. Circle the right word.

  1. Mr. Tumnus said in the rather….. voice.

    1. sad, b) gladsome, c) lively.

  2. The ….. summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe.

    1. temporal, b) endless, c) fleeting.

  3. Lucy found herself walking through the wood arm in arm with this… creature.

    1. exotic, b) common, c) ordinary.

  4. The Faun …. Put a kettle on.

    1. proximately, b) mediately, c) slowly.

  5. It was a…. over the fire.

a) cover, b) fire-place, c) lid.

3. Fill in the gaps using words.

Titles, human being, knowledge, Daughter of Eve, mantelpiece, delighted.

The Faun invited Lucy to his place. He had so poor…. about her native country that he called it the far land of Spare Oom. He didn’t see….that’s why he called her….. He was so…. She had had summer in her bright city of War Drobe. His cave was dry, clean and cosy. There was a…. over the fire. On one wall was a shelf full of books with different…..

4. Circle False or True.

  1. The land of Narnia was between the lamp-post and the huge tower. T/F

  2. The eternal summer ruled around the city. T/F

  3. Lucy found he was leading her into the exit of a cave. T/F

  4. The soil became smooth and there were rocks all about. T/F

  5. Lucy got in through the wardrobe in the well- conditioned room. T/F

Keys to the text “What Lucy found there”.

  1. 1f, 2a, 3b, 4e, 5c, 6d, 7j, 8g , 9i, 10h.

  2. 1a, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5b.

  3. knowledge, human being, Daughter of Eve, delighted, mantelpiece, titles.

  4. False- 1,2, 4 True- 3

Level B+

Lucy and the Faun.

(from the book” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”)

Read and do the tests.

New words:

  1. a well - колодязь.

  2. the milk-white stag - молочно-білий олень.

  3. Jollification - розвага.

  4. Gloomily - похмуро.

  5. to howl- вити, стогнати

  6. a patch- клапоть землі.

  7. to sob- зітхати.

And really it was a wonderful tea. There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a sugar-topped cake. And when Lucy was tired eating, the Faun began to talk. He had wonderful tales to tell of life in the forest. He told about the midnight dances and how the Nymphs who lived in the wells and the Dryads who lived in the trees came out to dance with the Fauns; about long hunting parties after the milk- white stag who could give you wishes if you caught him; about feasting and treasure- seeking with the wild red Dwarfs in deep mines and caverns far beneath the forest floor; and then about summer when the woods were green and old Silenus on his fat donkey would come to visit them, and sometimes Bacchus himself, and then the streams would run with wine instead of water and the whole forest would give itself up to jollification for weeks on end. ”Not that it isn’t always winter now,” he added gloomily. Then to cheer himself up he took out from its case on the dresser a strange little flute that looked as if it were made of straw, and began to play. And the flute he played made Lucy want to cry and laugh and dance and go to sleep all the same time.

It must have been hours later when she shook herself and said: “Oh, Mr.

Tumnus – I’m so sorry to stop you, and I do love that tune – but really, I must go home. I only meant to stay for a few minutes.”

“It’s no good now, you know,” said the Faun, laying down its flute and shaking its head at her very sorrowfully

“Now good?” said Lucy, jumping up and feeling rather frightened. “What do you mean? I have got to go home at once. The others will be wondering what has happened to me.” But the moment later she asked, “Mr. Tumnus! Whatever is the matter?” for the Faun’s brown eyes had filled with tears and then the tears began trickling down its cheeks, and soon they were running off the end of its nose; and at last it covered its face with its hands and began to howl.

“Mr. Tumnus! Mr. Tumnus!” said Lucy in great distress. “Don’t! Don’t! What the matter? Aren’t you well? Dear Mr. Tumnus, do tell me what is wrong.”

But the Faun continued sobbing as if his heart would break. And even when Lucy went over and put her arms round him and lent him her handkerchief, he did not stop. He merely took the handkerchief and kept on using it, wringing it out with both hands whenever it got too wet to be any more use, so that presently Lucy was standing in a deep patch.

“Mr. Tumnus!” bawled Lucy in his ear, shaking him. “Do stop. Stop it at once! You ought to be ashamed of yourself, a great big Faun like you. What on earth are you crying about?”

“Oh-oh-oh!” sobbed Mr. Tumnus. “I’m crying because I’m such a bad Faun.”

“I don’t think you are a bad Faun at all,” said Lucy. “I think you are a very good Faun. You are the nicest Faun I’ve ever met.”

“Oh-oh –you wouldn’t say that if you knew,” replied Mr. Tumnus between his sobs. “Now, I’m a bad Faun. I don’t suppose there ever was a worse Faun since the beginning of the world.”” I have taken service under the White Witch. That’s what I am. I’m in the pay of the White Witch.”

“The White Witch? Who is she?”

“Why, it is she who has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she who makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”

  1. Do the matching.

  1. Dryads a) only, just.

  2. Nymphs b) to shout or to cry loudly.

  3. Dwarfs c) very small people who lived far beneath the ground.

  4. a cavern d) to move or to drop in particular direction.

  5. to cheer up e) a large, deep hole in the side of a hill or under the ground.

  6. to trickle down f) to flow in a thin line.

  7. to run off g) to receive money for service.

  8. merely h) forest nymphs who lived in the trees.

  9. to bawl i) to make somebody happier.

  10. to be in the pay j) spirits of nature in the form of young women that lived in rivers and water.

  1. Circle the right variant.

  1. The whole forest would give itself up to….. for weeks on end.

  1. carnival b) merrymaking c) weariness.

  1. “Not that it isn’t always winter now,” he added….

  1. successfully b) sadly c) merrily.

  1. At last the Faun covered its face and began to…

a) groan b) cry c) roar.

  1. Lucy lent him her…

  1. tissue b) shawl c) scarf.

  1. “I have taken service under the White….

  1. wizard b) magician c) conjuror.

  1. Circle true or false.

1. He had astonishing tales to tell of life in the forest. T/F.

2. Then the small flows would run with wine instead of water. T/F.

3. “Well, it is she who has got all Narnia under her care. T/F

4. The Faun was shaking its head at her very gaily. T/F.

5. Old Silenus on his corpulent donkey would come to visit them.


  1. Fill in the gaps using words.

Feasting, mines, treasure- seeking, forest, midnight, jollification, streams.

Lucy and the Faun had dinner in his cosy cave. The Faun began to talk about … dances and how… people came out to play. He told about animals and wild Red Dwarfs who lived in deep….under the ground. He told about… when the … would run with wine instead of water. His wonderful tales were about… and…

Keys to the text “Lucy and the Faun”

  1. 1h, 2j, 3c, 4e, 5i, 6f, 7d, 8a, 9b, 10g.

  2. 1a, 2b, 3a, c, 5b.

  3. True- 1, 2, 5.

False - 3, 4.

4. Midnight, forest, mines, jollification, streams, feasting, treasure- seeking.


  1. G.P.McCallum “Tales of mystery and suspense,” Москва «Высшая школа», 1978.

  2. Wordpower dictionary. Oxford University press, 2006.

  3. Scholastic dictionary of synonyms, antonyms, homonyms. Scholastic inc. New York Toronto London Auckland Sydney

Detective stories”


Who doesn’t like to read some detective stories? If you are fond of reading, you will come with us. We hope that these stories were written to help you improve your reading ability and reinforce your knowledge of grammatical structures. “Tales of Mystery and Suspense” will also provide enjoyment and give the book- lover a sense of fulfillment. We can propose these texts for reading for students (intermediate level English) and for wide circle of readers, who study English as well.

Level B+

Murder in the library

(By G. P. McCallum)

New words:

A blind – штора або жалюзі.

To enrol - зачислити

To drip – крапати

To fetch - принести або взяти.

Read the text and do the tasks.

On Thursday evenings the two librarians at the library in Benham, Pamela Cream and Violet Meade, worked until 9 o’clock. It made Thursday a long day, but they didn’t really mind staying late; in a town with a population of 5 thousand there was very little for two single ladies to do anyway. When Inspector Timothy Ellis of the local police force offered to give judo lessons to anybody who wanted them, Pamela was the first to enrol. “You ought to consider joining the class, too, Violet,” she told her friend.

All eleven stone of Violet shook comfortably as she laughed. “But I don’t need judo, Pamela! If a chap annoys me, all I have to do is fall. Pamela began learning judo exactly as she did everything else, thoroughly and with great interest: she always insisted on doing her best, whatever she was working on. She was a small woman, but in the Japanese art of self-defense that does not matter. Pamela soon became Inspector Ellis’s best pupil and he enjoyed teaching her. Perhaps that had something to do with his taking a special interest in this attractive young librarian; he began seeing her home after class. Tonight, Thursday, there was no class but Tim was coming to fetch Pamela when the library closed at 9 o’clock and take her out to dinner. It was now eight fifteen and she had to finish returning the books to the shelves. Pamela usually did this because she was so much quicker than the other librarian. Violet did her share of the work by sitting at the front desk and looking after the public.

Pamela pushed a trolley filled with books down to the aisle between the long rows of shelves, stopping occasionally to put a book in its place. As she passed the window near the back door she noticed that the blind was up; in the evening when they closed the library they always shut this blind. To save time Pamela shut it now. But the cloth shade wouldn’t stay down; it kept rolling to the top of the window again, making a loud noise as it did so. Finally, by pulling very slowly and carefully she succeeded in making it stay down. “We’ll have to get it repaired in the morning,” she told herself, then moved on to the next aisle. Much to her surprise she found two men there. “Oh,” she said, “I’m sorry, gentlemen, but readers are not allowed in this section of the library. Just ask at the desk and Miss Meade will be happy to get your books for you.”

“I’m sorry, Miss”, said the smaller of the two men, who seemed as surprised as Pamela. “We didn’t know.” The other man, much larger than the one who spoke, had his back to Pamela and continued leaning against the shelf.

“Quite all right,” Pamela replied.

The smaller man took his companion by the arm. «I’m afraid my friend is feeling rather weak at the moment. He isn’t very well. Perhaps you could help me take him to the door. He’ll be all right as soon as he gets some fresh air.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Of course.” Pamela started putting her arm around the bigger man. He was quite heavy. “We can use the back door, just round the corner here.”

The three of them started moving slowly down the aisle. The man seemed completely unable to walk and the smaller man and Pamela had difficulty helping him along. Suddenly Pamela stopped. “Oh”! she said. Blood was dropping from under the man’s coat. Looking at him closely Pamela realized that he was dead.

1. Circle the correct word.

  1. If ---- annoys me all I have to do is fall on him.

  1. an inspector b) a trainer c) a fellow.

  1. In Japanese art of---- height does not matter.

  1. sculpture b) self-protection c) frustration.

  1. Violet did her ----of the work by sitting at the front desk and looking after the public.

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