The Adventures of Aladdin One day, as he was looking for wild figs in a grove some way from the town, Aladdin met a mysterious stranger. This smartly dressed dark-eyed man with a trim black beard and a splendid sapphire in his turban, asked Aladdin an unusual question: "Come here, boy," he ordered. "How would you like to earn a silver penny?" The Brothers Grimm Once upon a time . . . a widow had an only son whose name was Aladdin. One day, as he was looking for wild figs in a grove some way from the town, Aladdin met a mysterious stranger. "Come here, boy," he ordered. "A silver penny!" "I'm not going to ask you to do much. "The lamp! "Give me the lamp," urged the wizard impatiently. "Let me out first . . ." "Too bad for you," snapped the stranger, slamming down the manhole cover, never noticing that, as he did so, a ring slid off his finger. "At your command, sire," said the genie. Now astoundede, Aladdin could only stammer: "I want to go home!" "How did you get in?" "Where's the silver coin?" "Psst! "Aladdin!
Bonfire Night The history The year was 1605 and some English Catholics were angry because the King of England, James the first, was treating them badly. In November 1605 a group of men made a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament (the government buildings) in London. An enormous explosion was planned for November 5th. This was the day that the King was due to open parliament. The plan is known as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ and the leader of the group was called Guy Fawkes. Bonfires, Guys and fireworks On November 5th people remember the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by celebrating ‘Bonfire Night’. Food It’s normally quite cold in November in Britain, so on Bonfire Night people wear hats, scarves and gloves to spend the evening outside. Penny for the Guy In Britain only adults can buy fireworks but in the past they were sold to children too.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton American Stories in Easy English / American Stories in VOA Special English There are 57 fifteen-minute MP3 files. That is about 14 hours of listening. Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914) Burroughs, Edgar Rice (1875-1950) Butler, Ellis Parker (1869-1937) Pigs Is Pigs (Ellis Parker Butler) Cather, Willa (1873-1947) Chopin, Kate (1850-1904) Crane, Stephen (1871-1900) The Open Boat (Stephen Crane) Folk Stories John Henry [Flash Listen and Read Along]Paul Bunyan (An American Tall Tale)Pecos Bill (An American Tall Tale) Garland, Hamlin (1860-1940) The Return of a Private (Hamlin Garland) [Listen and Read Along Machine] Harte, Bret (1836-1902) The Luck of Roaring Camp (Bret Harte) Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864) Henry, O. (1862-1910) Irving, Washington (1783-1859) Jewett, Sarah Orne (1849-1909) The White Heron (Sarah Orne Jewett) [Listen and Read Along Machine] London, Jack (1876-1916) Melville, Herman (1819-1891) O'Brien, Fitz-James (1828-1862) Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849) Porter, Eleanor H. (1868-1920) The Lady in Black (Eleanor H. Stockton, Frank R. (1834-1902) Twain, Mark (1835-1910) About
EFLshorts | Short stories for EFL learners The Lady, or the Tiger? (Frank R. Stockton) Text & MP3 File www.manythings.org/voa/stories Download MP3 Now, the VOA Special English program, AMERICAN STORIES. We present the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king. One of the king's ideas was a public arena as an agent of poetic justice. All the people would gather in this building. If the accused man opened one door, out came a hungry tiger, the fiercest in the land. Iron bells rang sadly. But, if the accused opened the other door, there came forth from it a woman, chosen especially for the person. Another door opened under the king, and a clergyman, singers, dancers and musicians joined the man and the lady. This was the king's method of carrying out justice. Sometimes the fierce animal came out of one door. This method was a popular one. The king had a beautiful daughter who was like him in many ways. One day, the king discovered the relationship between his daughter and the young man. The day of the trial arrived.
The Lottery The classic short story about conformity and tradition in America. The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 2th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner. The children assembled first, of course. Soon the men began to gather. surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. The lottery was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program--by Mr. Mr. Just as Mr. Mrs. 'Well, now.' Mr. 'Me. 'Right.' Mr.
The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” Having the “same” text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that includes some students that are facing other challenges. They can be an important tool for differentiation. But where do you get these different versions other than creating them yourself? Here are a few sources, and I hope that readers will suggest more: Newsela provides several “levels” of the same newspaper articles, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take. News In Levels offers similar resources, but without the ability to track student progress online. For The Teachers has similar leveled articles available for download. Breaking News English Text Compactor lets you paste text into it and then automatically shares different versions with fewer words. Rewordify is like a super-sophisticated Text Compactor on steroids. And it’s all available for free! Related
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