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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 for ENL, ELL and ESL students. It is short (140 words), yet contains meaningful content and exciting activities that are sure to provoke discussion.
Each story and nonfiction article in the series uses vocabulary from at least 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 short 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.
It starts with a mystery -- a description of an empty classroom using vocabulary from A School and the Classroom section of The Oxford Picture Dictionary. Then it asks: "why is the classroom empty?" The answer is it was abandoned during the Chernobyl disaster.
The four-sided handout can be copied for your class. The image can be displayed on a screen, if you have one.
Oxford Picture Dictionary correspondence = The Classroom, School.
Grammar = To be, past tense.
ELA = Nonfiction, questioning
Grades = 4+
ENL Level = Beginner
Estimated length = 40 minutes to multiple hours (depending on how many of the extra handouts are used, such as the comic grid.)
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.