Stories Without End: 24 open-ended stories to teach reading and creative writing

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Creative, intriguing short stories to make students think and wonder what if. . .

Stories Without End engages students with literature through intriguing short stories that make them think and wonder. What if we could teleport anywhere in the world whenever we wanted to? Will robots ever replace human teachers? Why are some people optimists while others are pessimists? Where does our personality come from?

Stories Without End engages students with creative writing as well. Because the stories have no end, students will have to write their own. With the variety of projects following each story, they'll also find themselves writing character sketches, drawing a scene from the story, interviewing people about the theme of the story, or keeping a dream journal.

And each story is supported with questions and vocabulary activities to introduce the story as well as discussion questions when students have finished reading. There's also an appendix full of worksheets to support students doing creative projects.

This is the pdf version. As it is printable and photocopiable, it costs a bit more. There's a paperback version for sale wherever you buy fine books that is not photocopiable. There's an epub version as well.


“All the English textbooks I've ever used had boring, but this is so unique.”

—Yurie S., ESL student

“Well-thought-out approach to using fiction in an ESOL environment”

—Andrew L., Professor MATESOL, Concordia University

“I love the variety of topics and levels. The open-ended stories are especially fun and motivating.”

— Mina Gavell, ESL Instructor

Total Pages
144 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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