Diwali Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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Celebrate Diwali and teach students about the Hindu festival of lights with this set of reading comprehension worksheets and activities for middle school students.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Hindu culture. It holds deep spiritual and cultural significance for millions of people around the world. It is a time of renewal, purification, and the beginning of a new year in many Hindu calendars.

Help students discover the legends, history, and traditions of Diwali with these printable Diwali worksheets which include ready-to-use reading passages, paired reading questions, and activities. Use these worksheets in your English Languages Arts or Social Studies lessons to build students’ reading skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of this important Hindu festival.

What’s Included:

In this set of Diwali worksheets you’ll get:

  • Ready-to-use printable reading passages on the origins and history, cultural traditions, and important rituals of Diwali
  • 6 Diwali activities including paired reading questions and social media-inspired activities
  • Printable worksheets and templates for each activity.

Diwali Activities in This Packet

Introduction: Diwali
Students learn about the cultural significance of Diwali and build their close reading skills with this informative reading passage.
Diwali: Rangoli
Students learn about rangoli, an artistic practice conducted during Diwali and other celebrations. Build reading comprehension skills and encourage reflection with the paired reading prompts and activities. Students design their own rangoli and reflect on how these are made.
Diwali: Diyas
Students learn about diyas, oil lamps that are lit during Diwali with this reading passage and paired reading prompts. Students design an infographic summarising key information and identify important safety tips for families decorating and using diyas.
Diwali: Diwali Celebrations Worldwide
Students learn about how Diwali is celebrated across a variety of countries with this reading passage. To deepen their understanding, students answer paired reading prompts including comparing and contrasting the celebrations in different countries.
Diwali: Community Service
Students learn about the practice of community service during Diwali with this reading passage and accompanying reading prompts. Students will reflect on how community service, donating, and volunteering builds bonds in communities and cultures.
Diwali: Social Media-Inspired Imagery
Students complete a range of social media-inspired tasks to practice digital content creation and communication and consolidate what they have learned about Diwali.

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