Very Easy True Stories: A Picture-Based First Reader / Edition 1

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Would you believe … ?

• The parents of two daughters eagerly await the birth of their third child, hoping for a son. They get a big surprise -- quadruplets! All four are…girls!

• A waitress accepts a lottery ticket as a tip, instead of cash. And the ticket wins $6 million!

• A middle-aged couple are still in love and want to stay married -- but they just can’t get along. What is their solution to the dilemma? Separate side-by-side houses!

These stories, selected from mainstream news sources, are very low-level but high interest -- humorous, poignant, astounding -- and all true! They are told as simply as possible -- exclusively in the present tense -- and all stories are less than ½ page long.

Very Easy True Stories, by Sandra Heyer, is an ideal first text for students with little experience with English. It is a companion book to All New Very Easy True Stories, which is at the same level but features all new stories and exercises. These two parallel readers give students the option of lingering at the low-beginning level. They can go back and forth between Very Easy True Stories and All New Very Easy True Stories, or they can complete first one book and then the other. Or teachers can use Very Easy True Stories one semester and All New Very Easy True Stories the next. That way, students who stay in a low-beginning class when their classmates move on to the next level can essentially repeat the class but with all new material. Combined, the two books offer 28 stories, giving teachers multiple opportunities to incorporate reading into their thematically-based instructional units.


• First, students see a series of captioned pictures that clarify the meaning of the sentences beneath the pictures.

• Next, students read the story in text form for real reading practice.

• Finally, students complete exercises following each story to develop basic reading skills as well as build pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary proficiency.

The True Stories series includes:

True Stories Behind the Songs

More True Stories Behind the Songs

Very Easy True Stories

All New Very Easy True Stories

Easy True Stories, Second Edition

All New Easy True Stories

True Stories in the News, Third Edition

More True Stories, Third Edition

Even More True Stories, Third Edition

Beyond True Stories

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201343137
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 515,740
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Shopping Day

Unit 2 Mary Walks Home

Unit 3 Elevator Romance

Unit 4 A Son for Mr. and Mrs. Aversa?

Unit 5 Is There a Face on Mars?

Unit 6 Neighbors

Unit 7 A Smart Mother

Unit 8 Stuck!

Unit 9 Binti to the Rescue

Unit 10 Where Is Mrs. Zimmer?

Unit 11 Fast Money

Unit 12 Returning a Favor

Unit 13 Help! I Can’t Find My Apartment!

Unit 14 A Big Tip

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    A fantastic resource

    I teach beginning through advanced ESL in Texas with many students newly arrived from Mexico. I ordered this book looking for a next-to-no-prep resource to teach reading to those who have only basic English language skills. I am very happy to say this book fit my needs to a T. The students love the stories and rip through the excercises that follow. I have to regularly tell my students to put the stories down when we're supposed to be working on something else. My only complaint would be that there aren't enough activities- the kids love them that much. I highly recommend this to anybody wanting an easy Beginning ESL reading resource.

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