The Story of Levi Strauss is the inspiring tale of a German immigrant who not only profited during the California Gold Rush, he helped give to the world one of its most coveted material possessions: jeans! The story is 504 words. Learners can test their comprehension of the story with the six questions at the end. There are also grammar notes explaining the passive constructions used in the story and why the passive voice is often preferable to using the active voice. This story has been tried and tested on EFL learners, grade levels 7 through 12.