Motivate students with high interest multicultural critical reading stories. This amazing true story and FREE ONLINE ESL lesson audio titled: Flight to Freedom from Cuba to the USA: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Literary Review, and Audio is a high interest and critical thinking ESL lesson that triggers students interest, integrates literature, and expands students' vocabulary. It is designed for secondary and college level ESL instruction.
The reading part of the lesson is adapted from an exemplary critical reading series. The book is titled: Critical Reading Series, Rescued: 21 Stories of Courage and Luck with Exercises for Developing Critical Reading Skills. This critical reading series has several additional books. Some of the most popular and multicultural books include: Heroes, Rescues, Phenomena, Eureka and Deceptions. This critical reading series has some of the best supplemental ESL readings because the stories are designed for students who:
â€¢ Read below grade level
â€¢ Don't comprehend well
â€¢ Rarely choose to read
â€¢ Perform poorly on tests
Students of all ability levels benefit from these stories because the stories are premised off of intriguing real life adventures. The comprehension questions reinforce literal understanding, while critical-thinking questions encourage students to consider the author's purpose, make inferences, identify cause and effect, and make predictions. The reading section uses question techniques that help prepare students for state and national tests using critical-thinking questions and improves proficiency in reading nonfiction. Above all, the entire lesson is geared towards reinforcing state reading standards.