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


Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai9780061962783

Inside Out and Back Again is a New

York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor

Book, and a winner of the National Book

Award! Inspired by the author’s

childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam

after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating

to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut

novel told in verse has been celebrated

for its touching child’s-eye view of

family and immigration.

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has

only known Saigon: the thrills of its

markets, the joy of its traditions, and the

warmth of her friends close by. But now

the Vietnam War has reached her home.

Hà and her family are forced to flee as

Saigon falls, and they board a ship

headed toward hope. In America, Hà

discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food . . . and the strength of her very own family.

This moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it “enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny.” An author’s note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà’s story. (From Goodreads)

Amazon | Goodreads

Topics: family, coming-of-age, Vietnam War, refugees, food

Suggested Age Level (Native Speakers): 8 – 12 years

Suggested ESL Level: Low-intermediate

This Guide: I’ve broken this book down into six ~45 page sections, which is perfect if you

teach in a 7/8 week intensive program, or would also be good for one half of a full semester. For each section, this guide contains: suggested vocabulary words, comprehension questions, writing activities, and research/extension activities. There is also a previewing section and a section for helpful links and cultural references.

Click here to view this teaching guide on Gumroad