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Ch 1: Books & Reading Activities for ESL Students

About This Chapter

The short and useful lessons in this chapter provide you with different books and reading activities that you can use for ESL students. This information is beneficial to you as a teacher and will make learning fun for your ESL students.

Books & Reading Activities for ESL Students - Chapter Summary

The series of lessons in this chapter will give you the tools you need to promote English literacy with your students. You'll learn different activities and concepts that can be used to help them read including:

  • Reading activities for ESL
  • Reading comprehension activities for ESL
  • Book activities for ESL students
  • Book and comprehension activities for ESL adults
  • Reading activities for ESL adults
  • Short stories for ESL

We understand the demands of your schedule as an educator, and that is why you can access these lessons anywhere and at any time, on a home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Having this flexibility allows freedom in your schedule and the convenience to study when you can.

How It Helps

  • Student activities: The lessons in this chapter are filled with different activities and exercises that your students can take advantage of in your classroom.
  • Learning objectives: This chapter helps you determine and reach all of the learning objectives and goals you have as an ESL teacher.
  • Additional resources: The activities give you additional resources that you can directly apply to your classroom and enhance your teaching experience.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Comprehend how to use different ESL reading activities
  • Integrate different ESL reading comprehension exercises in your classroom
  • Take advantage of the book suggestions and the matching activities that can benefit your ESL students
  • Increase reading comprehension for ESL adults through different activities
  • Understand different kinds of reading activities for ESL adult students
  • Incorporate short stories into your lesson plans for ESL students

35 Lessons in Chapter 1: Books & Reading Activities for ESL Students
ESL Lesson Plan for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

1. ESL Lesson Plan for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

This lesson plan will help ESL students retell a story, ask and answer questions about key details of a story, and describe the relationship between illustrations and the story as they read 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Bill Martin, Jr.

ESL Reading Lesson Plan Sample

2. ESL Reading Lesson Plan Sample

English as a Second Language (ESL) students tend to either enjoy or dread reading in English. This lesson provides teachers with a sample reading plan designed specifically for ESL learners to make reading more enjoyable.

ESL Short Story Lesson Plan

3. ESL Short Story Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will help you teach your students terminology related to short stories. Using a predictogram activity, students will categorize vocabulary terms and use them to predict what a story might be about.

ESL Reading Activities

4. ESL Reading Activities

Students who are learning English might need a little extra support to pick up on reading skills. This lesson gives you some ideas for reading activities you can do with English language learners at any age.

ESL Reading Comprehension Exercises

5. ESL Reading Comprehension Exercises

Here is a quick list of fun activities to increase reading comprehension for K-12 students who are learning English as a second language (ESL)! These may be modified according to age and English language ability level.

Book Suggestions with Activities for ESL Students

6. Book Suggestions with Activities for ESL Students

In this lesson, you'll receive tips for selecting books for ESL learners. Read on for a list of recommendations as well as suggestions about where to start looking for books and what to look for in a text.

Books & Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Adults

7. Books & Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Adults

Reading comprehension is the most important skill adult ESL students can develop because it enhances other essential skills, such as writing, listening, and speaking. In this lesson, we'll explore some reading materials and accompanying comprehension activities for ESL adult learners.

ESL Reading Activities for Adult Learners

8. ESL Reading Activities for Adult Learners

Learning English is challenging, yet rewarding. Learning English is especially important for adults who work in professional capacities. Here, we will explore several reading activities for adult ESL students.

Short Stories for ESL Students

9. Short Stories for ESL Students

This lesson includes a list of short stories that can be used with ESL learners regardless of their level. The accompanying activities will reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills.

Short Stories for ESL Adults

10. Short Stories for ESL Adults

The following exercises encourage adult ESL students to engage with short stories in a variety of ways. This lesson offers activities designed to encourage classroom discussion and debate in addition to reading comprehension.

ESL Listening Games

11. ESL Listening Games

Listening games are a fun way for ESL students to improve their language proficiency. In this lesson, we will discuss some simple and easy to implement game ideas to help promote listening comprehension.

ESL Weather Activities

12. ESL Weather Activities

This lesson provides weather-related activities so students develop usage of the respective vocabulary. Most activities use visual aids to familiarize students with images that usually accompany weather information.

ESL Information Gap Activities

13. ESL Information Gap Activities

Information gap activities allow ESL (English as a Second Language) students to practice and review new vocabulary and grammar patterns. This lesson provides teachers with information gap activities for use in ESL classrooms.

Science Fiction for ESL Students

14. Science Fiction for ESL Students

Science fiction books generate fascinating discussions about 'Could that really happen?' This lesson describes seven accessible science fiction novels, indicates their approximate reading levels and provides jumping-off points for discussions.

ESL Textbooks for High School

15. ESL Textbooks for High School

In this lesson, high school teachers will learn about the different options for choosing textbooks to use with English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Novels for English Language Learners

16. Novels for English Language Learners

In this lesson, teachers will learn about how to use novels with English Language Learner (ELL) students. There are several examples of ELL-friendly novels that can be used in elementary, middle, and high school.

Reading Resources for ELL Students

17. Reading Resources for ELL Students

Reading can be a challenging subject for English Language Learners (ELLs), but with appropriate resources, an ELL teacher can help make English reading both fun and interesting.

Graphic Novels for ELL Students

18. Graphic Novels for ELL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the strategy of using graphic novels with English Language Learner (ELL) students of all ages. The lesson discusses why graphic novels are appropriate instructional tools and offers strategies for using them.

Guided Reading Strategies for ESL Students

19. Guided Reading Strategies for ESL Students

In this lesson, we will explore a teaching method known as guided reading and discuss how you can use it to help your ESL students become independent readers.

Reading Topics for ESL Students

20. Reading Topics for ESL Students

Learning how to read well and widely in English is an important task for all English language learners. This lesson offers some ideas for topics your students might like reading about.

Pre-Reading Activities for ESL Students

21. Pre-Reading Activities for ESL Students

The work you do with students before they start reading a particular text can make a big difference in how they experience that text. This lesson offers some pre-reading activities that are especially useful for ESL students.

Phonics Activities for ESL Students

22. Phonics Activities for ESL Students

Helping ESL students practice phonics is a great way to enhance their English communication skills. This lesson gives you some activities that will get your students pronouncing words properly.

ESL Newspaper Lesson Plan

23. ESL Newspaper Lesson Plan

Newspapers are a great teaching tool for teachers of English as a second language learners. This lesson plan shows you how to use this inexpensive resource in a variety of ways to teach skills like summarization, grammar and practical usage.

Post-Reading Activities for ESL Students

24. Post-Reading Activities for ESL Students

This lesson will discuss the importance of post-reading strategies for English as a second language (ESL) students. The lesson will focus on different strategies you can use during instruction.

Magazine & Newspaper Activities for ESL Students

25. Magazine & Newspaper Activities for ESL Students

Magazines and newspapers are a great resource for ESL students. This lesson provides ESL teachers with classroom magazine and newspaper activities for students of varying age levels and abilities.

ESL Story Sequence Activities

26. ESL Story Sequence Activities

Story writing can be one of the best ways to teach English as a second language (ESL) students the ins and outs of English. This lesson provides teachers with story sequencing activities for use in an ESL setting.

ESL Chain Story Activities

27. ESL Chain Story Activities

Collaborative writing can be a very useful tool for teachers to use with English as a second language (ESL) students. This lesson outlines chain story activities intended for use in an ESL classroom.

ESL Library Lesson Plan

28. ESL Library Lesson Plan

Through activities in this lesson plan, teachers can support English Language Learners' development of vocabulary related to the library and their understanding of library procedures and sections. ELLs practice and demonstrate their learning through a library scavenger hunt.

ESL Book Review Lesson Plan

29. ESL Book Review Lesson Plan

This lesson plan involves English Language Learners in activities that will help them learn purposes for book reviews and vocabulary related to book reviews. ELLs will participate in oral discussion about books, will read book reviews in English and will write a book review.

ESL Storytelling Lesson Plan

30. ESL Storytelling Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will assist English Language Learners in formulating oral stories to tell their peers. Activities focus on identifying needed parts in a story and creating stories based on images and provided scenarios.

ESL Ghost Stories Lesson Plan

31. ESL Ghost Stories Lesson Plan

'Who you gonna call?' When you finish the activities in this lesson plan, your English Language Learners will know that they need to call the Ghostbusters if they encounter a ghost! Through activities in this lesson, students learn ghost-related vocabulary, and read and write short stories with ghostly themes.

British Stories for ELL Students

32. British Stories for ELL Students

British literature offers a wealth of stories that ELLs will enjoy. This lesson gives you not only a few suggestions on British stories you can give your class but also a few tips on how to plan for your reading lessons.

ESL Cinderella Lesson Plan

33. ESL Cinderella Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your ESL students understand elements of fairy tales, such as characters and setting. They will also use a variety of strategies to find the meaning of unknown words as they read ''Cinderella'' by Disney.

ELL Reading Skills Lesson Plan

34. ELL Reading Skills Lesson Plan

Teaching English language learners to read requires a multitude of steps. This lesson plan addresses ELL reading skills with the help of an informative text lesson. An activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

ESL Academic Writing Lesson Plan

35. ESL Academic Writing Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to introduce academic writing to ESL students. They will watch a video, answer discussion questions, take a quiz and complete an activity to demonstrate learning.

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