These newsletters were not written with the intention that they would be used as reading lessons.
A major complaint that was regularly heard from my “low English” Reading students was that this is boring”. This could be short stories, non-fiction articles, poetry, or practically anything that the students were asked to read. Too often, I had to agree. One day, in desperation, I ran off copies of a couple of my Newsletters, handed them out to the class, and said “ Here, read this”! To my surprise, they not only read them, they asked questions about them, traded them around to read the other copies that were available, and wanted to read more.
What’s a teacher supposed to do? Simple, take the Newsletters, make regular reading lessons out of them, and start using them in class on a regular basis. They have been a big hit ever since.
Each Newsletter contains two lesson, with each lesson having a “About the story” quiz, vocabulary, and reading comprehension questions. There is also a vocabulary quiz on both lessons and a sentence writing activity.