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Beginner English language learners are crying out for stimulating texts to develop their reading and language skills. These texts are hard to find.
This story is part of a collection of high interest material specifically designed by an experienced ESL teacher for ENL, ESL, ELL students. It is short (150 words), yet contains meaningful content and exciting activities that are sure to provoke discussion. It can be used to teach ELA concepts.
Each story and nonfiction article in the series uses vocabulary from one section of the Oxford Picture Dictionary. If you have access to the dictionary, the text pairs with it, enabling you to easily create a multiple day unit of vocabulary work and reading. If you do not have access to the dictionary the text and activities can stand alone. The series of texts introduces literary elements, reading skills, grammar and vocabulary.
The four-sided handout can be copied for your class. The image can be displayed on a screen, if you have one.
A new student arrives in class and tries to introduce himself. He is met with suspicion. He is sad to discover that it is not easy being different. The quirky story is told with dark humor.
Oxford Picture Dictionary alignment = Meeting and Greeting, The Classroom.
Grammar = To be, present tense.
ELA = Character
Grades = 4+
ENL Level = Beginner
Estimated length = From 45 minutes to multiple hours (depending on how many of the additional exercises you use, such as the setting or character handouts.)
Answer key included
Please note: this product can be used alongside The Oxford Picture Dictionary, but is in no way associated with or endorsed by Oxford University Press.