Treaty of Waitangi Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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Build enjoyment and engagement in your reading program from day one of the school year! Our Waitangi Day Reading Comprehension resource is easy to use and features flexible text and activity options for you to choose from.

The benefit of this Treaty of Waitangi Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions resource is that all the hard work is done for you: differentiated passages, scaffolded higher-order-thinking follow up activities, tasks appropriate for higher and lower level learners – just PRINT and GO! We all know how busy the start of the year can be, with regular testing, and the need to establish clear classroom routines. 

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document and an important part of who we are. Engage your students with this easy-to-use differentiated reading resource. These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Integrate these activities into your history and/or social studies projects!

This resource would also be suitable for Year Seven and Eight learners as the higher order thinking activities will keep them challenged and engaged!

In this Treaty of Waitangi Reading Comprehension resource, you will receive:

Three texts – all with an extended and scaffold version:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi (extended version is School Journal article)
  • Who was Hōne Heke
  • Waitangi Day

SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities

Each passage features different activities!

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create

Reading Comprehension Strategies included:

  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Make Predictions
  • Make Connections

Four Graphic Organiser Examples

  • Information Web
  • Main Idea
  • Flow Diagram
  • Venn Diagram

Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions.

Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.

Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in different places. The two versions of the Treaty say different things about who would have authority. Māori understandings were based on the version in te reo Māori, which the vast majority of Māori signed.


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