Current Events: False Ballistic Missile Warning Shakes Hawaii

This past week, all people living in Hawaii were sent a notification on their phone and through the news. This notification said that there was an incoming missile, and that all Hawaiians should look for shelter. There was actually no missile, so why was this notification sent? How did the people of Hawaii react? Read through this lesson plan and article to learn more about this event!

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.

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Current Events: Oprah for President 2020?

After receiving a prestigious award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, many Americans are calling for Oprah to run for president in 2020. Is this a good idea, or not?

This lesson features an article from CNN edited for ESL learners, with some pre-reading questions, vocabulary preview, an active reading activity, vocabulary follow-up, post-reading questions, and a long answer question.

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.

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Warcross: ESL Teaching Guide

516zrvqj44l-_sx332_bo1204203200_Warcross by Marie Lu was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and it met all of my expectations! I LOVED this story, and thought it was a very fun and exciting read!

If you are teaching an ESL high-intermediate to advanced reading class this upcoming semester, consider using Warcross. The book takes place in a world where a virtual reality game (called Warcross) is so popular that 90% of the world’s population play the game in some way. The book tells the story of Emika Chen, a hacker who accidentally glitches herself into the opening game of the international Warcross championship tournament. If you have students like mine (mostly 18-21 years old, from Asian countries), they will definitely connect with the video game obsessed characters and virtual reality story line! There’s a lot of action, a little bit of romance, and plenty of topics that will lend themselves well to classroom discussion.

Warcross is an especially great book is you are considering gamifying your classroom this semester. There are a lot of concepts in the book that lend itself really well to gamifying, and I’ve written some suggestions in the teaching guide. Having a video game-themed semester sounds like a fun way to get students actively involved in learning English!

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New Year, New Semester!

I’ve had a lovely winter break, and I’m trying to muster up the the energy to go back to work next week! One thing that has gotten me excited to go back to work is thinking about my new classes, and what new, exciting things I have in store for them!

Are you heading back to school soon for a new semester? If you’re an ESL reading teacher, are you looking for a novel to teach in your reading class? Check out some of my ESL Teaching Guides for middle grade and young adult novels! I have a mix of free guides and paid guides, and there should be something that will fit your class. Each guide contains (at the least) suggested vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing/discussion questions. Most of the guides also have suggestions for pre-reading and post-reading activities.

513hgsybygl-_sx337_bo1204203200_A Wrinkle in Time is a classic, and since the new movie is coming out in a few months, this is a timely read for the upcoming semester! This book is best for an intermediate-level reading class, but can be adjusted to a low- or high-intermediate class as well.

A Wrinkle in Time: ESL Teaching Guide




19351043Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a graphic novel and a quick, fun read! This book starts off light-hearted, but then delves into deeper and darker issues that lend itself well to discussions and writing. This book would be best for a low-intermediate or intermediate class.

Nimona: ESL Teaching Guide




513jeuiztel-_sx321_bo1204203200_Ms. Marvel is an ongoing comic from Marvel detailing the life of super hero teenager Kamala Khan. It’s a really fun read, and teenage or young adult students will easily relate to her character. The file for this contains two teaching guides for the first two books of this series.

Ms. Marvel: ESL Teaching Guide





51ly6rgccjl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Inside Out & Back Again is the heartbreaking and uplifting story of a refugee girl who flees from Vietnam to the United States. This story is told in poetry, instead of prose, which students may have to adjust to, but they will relate to the story’s themes of getting used to a new culture.

Inside Out & Back Again: ESL Teaching Guide




esperanza_rising_coverEsperanza Rising tells the story of the author’s grandmother immigrating from Mexico to California in the midst of the Great Depression. The book is geared towards younger readers, but contains universal themes that can be appreciated by all ages.

Esperanza Rising: ESL Teaching Guide

A Wrinkle in Time: An ESL Teaching Guide

Hope you guys are all having a Merry Christmas, if you’re celebrating! I’ve been on winter break for about a week now, and have been working hard on a new teaching guide!


As a kid, A Wrinkle in Time was one of my all time favorite books to read, so you can bet that I am SUPER excited about the new movie coming out in March! This upcoming semester I happen to be teaching a reading class that is the perfect level for reading A Wrinkle in Time, and I can’t wait to introduce this childhood fave to my students. I’m planning on scheduling out the chapters so that we finish the novel right around the time the movie comes out, and I’m going to plan a field trip for us all to see it together!

Since I love this book so much, I’ve put together an ESL Teaching Guide for A Wrinkle in Time. Use this guide with an intermediate-level ESL class to support a class read-through of the novel. This guide contains vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing/discussion questions for each of the 12 chapters in the novel. It also includes some suggestions for pre-reading and post-reading activities. It is written specifically for a university level intensive English program (since that is where my expertise is), but can be adapted for almost any other scenario.

It is my first paid guide, and is available from Gumroad for only $8 (which is definitely a steal since it saves you from having to write any quiz questions or come up with new activities…I’ve done it all for you)! My hope is to bring you a mix of quality free and paid content in the new year! As always, feel free to leave feedback via comments or email me at Enjoy!


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Current Events: California Fires Leave Many Homeless

I’ve written a current events lesson based on the fires that are currently wreaking havoc across California. I’m hoping that through this lesson, students gain more awareness of natural disasters in the US and around the world, and figure out how they can help people in need.

This is definitely a lesson for more advanced students – the article is from the New York Times and has not been edited at all. The reading is long (about three pages), and features some advanced, academic vocabulary.

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Current Events Round-Up: Friday the 13th

Want to read about Friday the 13th in your ESL class today? Here are some links to a few different news stories about Friday the 13th. Reading/talking about Friday the 13th is a really fun way to discuss superstitions across cultures with your students. Whenever I bring up this topic in my class, my students are very eager to share their favorite superstitions!

If you want to listen to some spooky music while talking about Friday the 13th, check out NPR’s Superstitious Playlist!

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Current Events: National Coming Out Day

Today, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day in the US. I’ve written up a quick current events lesson plan on what National Coming Out Day is, and why it’s important for LGBTQ people in the United States. This activity includes pre-reading questions, an active reading activity, some vocabulary words, and post-reading questions.

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Back to school, and back to reading!

Hey everyone!

Sorry that I have not been around, like, AT ALL. I’ve had some very busy happenings in my personal life (new house, new puppy, new volunteering stuff!), but I’d love to get back to supplying all of my readers with quality ESL-focused reading lesson plans. I haven’t been reading much lately (ahh, so busy!), but there are a LOT of cool books coming out at the end of this year, and I’m excited to start reading them!

Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope the materials that I’ve already posted are being utilized! ^_^

Summer Break!

Hey all! Sorry about the lengthy silence…but it’s summer break, and as fellow teachers, you know how precious that time is! So, I haven’t been doing much lesson planning, but I have been doing a lot of reading! I go back to teaching at the end of June, so look for more reading guides and current event lesson plans around early July!

Thanks, and happy summer!