First, it is important to be sure that the students are aware of the interest in reading a document. It must be motivated by a real purpose, mainly the writing/speaking task. So we have to lead the students to find a real reason to read.
For instance, if we need to write a speech to explain who is our idol in life, we should first imagine the kind of information we can expect to find in an article.
The real objective is to gradually lead the students to be more autonomous and to find and sort out the elements, following a progression based on CEFRL.
Here an example of a grid about Cathy Freeman
Once this is done, you can ask every student to read the article by focusing only on the elements corresponding to their level and after that, by group, they share their information to complete the “contents” column.
After this strategy understood, it could be interesting to make the students create questions corresponding to the different elements( name: what’s her/his name? // causes: For which cause is she/he fighting?)…This will help them to build questions they could ask in an interactive activity to complete their missing information.
You could also ask them to make a summary of the text in their mother tongue to check their real understanding.