I created this story for an advent calendar project, and I think buyers at TpT will like it, as well!
It's about a boy from the South who dreams of a White Christmas.
For my students here in Central Europe, it's hard to imagine winters without snow and ice. When reading the story, they can get a picture of what it's like to live without it. I've added many references to the rich, cultural diversity in Texas, which I based on my own travels and childhood experiences. There are references to German-Texan, Mexican-Texan Christmas cultural traditions. The story also contains references to the Bible's Christmas Story.
There are grammar exercises for the topics of relative clauses and using participle phrases instead of relative clauses. The sentences used for the exercises are taken from the text itself.
I've also added a few questions to give students the chance to give their own opinion and experience about wishes: "Have you ever had any wish that was hard for anyone to fulfill?"
There's also plenty of vocabulary for learners to translate into their own language, or they can look up simple English definitions of unknown words.
All pictures are under public domain (Creative Commons CC0).
The Christmasy font is by designer Christopher Hansen.
The story is authored by me, Susan Neumann, of bzzlinuga.com. The story is completely fictional and is not based on any other work. References are footnoted.
As always, I'm happy to receive any and all feedback, suggestions, and comments!