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Stories for Young English Learners (PPTs) 

Click on a title of one of the stories below to go to its free, downloadable PPT. These stories are perfect to read along with young English students, and most are adapted from well-known classics. 

Story 1: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This story is interspersed with Chinese words because the PPT is meant for teachers with Chinese students. It retells the classic children's book of the same name. He eats different fruits everyday to satisfy his hunger, and students reading the story also practice numbers

Story 2: "Is This Your Mother?"

In this story, a baby bird loses its mother. Luckily, it befriends a small mouse, who helps find mama bird. However, the baby must use all the adjectives it knows tell the mouse what its mother looks like. 

Story 3: The Gingerbread Man

Ever baked cookies just to have them come to life and run away. Well, that's exactly what happens to Ms. Brown, and the gingerbread man must navigate a spate of obstacles in his surroundings as he tries to run away. 

Story 4: Green Eggs & Ham

This classic children's book by Dr. Seuss is all about rhyming words. While Sam-I-Am makes it clear he does not like the eponymous meal of the book, he begins to expand his palate with a bit of persistence, and wackiness ensues.  

Story 5: The Gruffalo

In this singalong story, students learn all about a creature called the Gruffalo, and all his fearsome physical attributes. While he might seem scary, he's not that bad once you get to know him—like one lucky mouse did!

Story 6: Goldilocks & The Three Bears

We all know that too much curiosity leads to trouble, and that's what Goldilocks finds out herself when she stumbles across a house she thought is abandoned. Why did she take things that weren't hers? In this story, she explains exactly that using her feelings

Story 7: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The moral of the story is so important that is has even become one of the most common idioms in English, and you can explain to non-beginner students what that means using this classic story. After all, we all know what happens to the boy who cried wolf! 

How to Use ESL Stories for Young English Learners

Note: Make sure to open and run through any PPT you plan on using before class at least once. Sometimes, there are formatting issues.

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