The following story was written with the beginning second language learner in mind. The story uses only headwords from the top 300 most frequently used Spanish words. Only seven in the story (highlighted in yellow) are outside of the top 300 word list.
Throughout the story there are comprehension questions (short answer, true/false, fill in the blank, etc.). Also, at the end of the story are additional activities the teacher can use as extensions to the lesson.
Students who understand 98% of the vocabulary can read the story independently. The story was written with extensive reading as the primary goal. Any student that has knowledge of the top 300 most frequent words in English should have little problems reading this story.
Using graded readers in class as extensive reading can improve vocabulary recognition, fluency, comprehension, and encourage a love of reading.
Students who understand between 70%-98% of the vocabulary should read the story as a guided reader with an instructor to help them through words and phrases outside of the student lexicon.
See my other guided readers:
TPR Guided Reader: SpanishBeginner TPR Guided ReaderSpanish Guided Reader on Powerpoint: Martin El Raton
Or for an choose your own adventure powerpoint story:
Spanish Interactive Story