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The Little Match Girl -- ESL Beginner Story -- Vocab, Lit, Critical Thinking

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Activity
21 pages
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An ESL adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen Christmas and New Year story.

Tackle vocabulary and ELA critical thinking -- including inferencing -- with a high-interest story, and bundled lesson ideas, graphic organizers and activities!

This three-part story is part of a collection of high-interest material specifically designed for ENL, ESL, ELL students. It is short enough for beginners (spanning 15 pages of text, activities, and graphic organizers), yet contains meaningful content and exciting activities that are sure to provoke discussion. ELA concepts are embedded throughout the text. Extensive lesson plan suggestions are included.

The ten-sided handout should be copied for your class. The images can be displayed on a screen, if you have one. You can add on five pages of graphic organizers, if you want to use them.

You get:

  • One three-part story with artwork. In developing this product my beginner students spent around one and a half weeks on it. It also works well with more advanced students, who are not ready for the original text.
  • Activities including vocabulary and writing.
  • 5-days of lesson plans with standard, ready to submit, or edit.
  • Ideas for teachers — what to do before reading, during reading and after reading.
  • Extension project ideas.
  • Two grids for retelling the story as a comic.
  • A portrait frame (to teach character) with text detail boxes.
  • A film strip graphic organizer for teaching setting.
  • A skit graphic organizer.
  • Answer keys and rubrics.
  • A TPT Digital version, you can share via Google Classroom.

More great materials for your ELLs:

Be sure to check out my Halloween products for nonfiction, an original short story, plus the classic "The Monkey's Paw". They are all for beginner ESL students, and there is a great value bundle containing the whole lot of them. If you're looking for fun activities, nonfiction, a short story for Christmas ("The Little Match Girl") and the New Year, take a look at my Christmas and New Year materials. I also have a series of short stories that will engage your students at any time, while teaching grammar and vocab. Enjoy browsing, and have fun teaching!

ELA = Fiction, Conflict, Questioning, Setting, Theme, Details, Inferencing, Character
Grades = 6+
ENL Level = Beginner to Intermediate. (Advanced students will enjoy the story too).
Estimated length = 1 week (depending on how many of the additional exercises you use, such as the setting or character handouts.)
Answer key included

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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