Reading ESL stories and readings in English for ESL learners

alarm clock

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Mornings (simple present, habits)

Every weekday morning my alarm clock rings at 7 o’clock and every weekday morning I try to ignore it. I do not like mornings! I hide my head under the covers and I pretend that it isn’t really morning. I groan. I complain. I say nasty things about mornings. Some mornings I fall back to sleep for a few minutes! After a short time I realize that I have to get up. I sigh. I struggle out of bed and I start my day.

Vocabulary help:

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Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. My alarm rings at 7 o'clock seven days of the week. Yes or no?

2. I jump out of bed when my alarm clock rings. Yes or no?

3. Sometimes I fall back to sleep after my alarm rings. Yes or no?


Fill in the Blanks:

4. I hide my _____________ under the covers.

5. Every weekday morning I try to ________________ the alarm.

6. Getting out of bed in the ________________ is a struggle.

7. I say _______________ things about mornings.

8. I groan and ________________ a lot in the morning.

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 snowbanks beside a sidewalk

 

 

It Snows in Canada

(simple present, statement of fact)

It snows in Canada in the winter. Snow is cold and wet. Snow covers the roads and makes driving difficult. Snow covers the sidewalks too and makes walking difficult. Snowplows clear the roads and sidewalks. People shovel the snow off their driveways. Snow causes problems!

Sometimes snow is pretty. It sparkles and glistens when the sun shines on it. Some people enjoy playing in the snow. They build snowmen or snow forts. They have snowball fights. They slide down hills on sleds or toboggans. They ski down hills. Snow is fun!

Vocabulary help:

More vocabulary?  Click on the icon that looks like a book, to the left

Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. It snows in the winter.  Yes or no?

2. Snow never causes problems.  Yes or no?

3. Some people like to build snowmen in the winter.  Yes or no?

4. Snow is warm.  Yes or no?

 

Fill in the Blanks

5. Sometimes snow sparkles and ___________________ in the sun.

6. You can ski on snowy hills in the _________________________ .

7. When the snow falls, it __________________ the roads and sidewalks.

8. _______________________ remove snow from the roads.

9. Snow is _____________ and wet.

10. Snow can be fun but sometimes it causes _____________________.  

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 phone





 

A Phone Call (present continuous)

Don: Hi Sally, I hope that I’m not phoning at a bad time. Are you doing your homework?

Sally: No, I am watching TV. My homework is finished. Why?

Don: I am trying to finish my math homework but I’m having a lot of trouble with it.

Sally: Sorry I can’t help you. I'm not very good at math!

 Don: That’s OK. I’m calling you because I’m meeting John and Kate after school tomorrow and I wanted to know if you want to join us.

Sally: Sorry but I can’t. I’m going shopping with my sister tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for asking though.

Don: Maybe next time then.

Sally: OK. I hope you get your math homework done!

 

The present continuous verb tense is used to talk about things that are happening right now (We are reading right now). It can also be used to talk about things that might or might not happen in the near future (They are coming to the party on Saturday).

Vocabulary help:

More vocabulary?  Click on the icon that looks like a book, to the left

Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. Don has finished his homework. Yes or no?

2. Sally helped Don finish his math homework. Yes or no?

3. Don is meeting John and Kate after school tomorrow. Yes or no?

4. Sally is going shopping tomorrow. Yes or no?

5. Sally is doing her homework now. Yes or no?


Fill in the Blanks:

6. Sally is going shopping with her _______________ tomorrow.

7. Don is ______________ trouble with his math homework.

8. Sally is __________________ TV now.

9. Don is _________________ John and Kate ___________ school tomorrow.

10. Sally and Don are _________________ on the phone in this story.

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a girl playing catch with her dog

 

 

 

My Dog Mandy (present perfect)

This is Mandy. She is the best dog! I got her a few months ago when she was just a little puppy. She has grown a lot since then! 

Over the past few months we have become good friends. We have spent lots of time together having fun. We have gone to the park almost every day. We have friends that we meet at the park so Mandy has other dogs to play with. They run and bark together. Mandy has learned how to catch a ball. She has short legs but she can jump! It is a game that she likes to play so we have played it a lot!. She wags her tail when she catches the ball.

She has been good company. 

Vocabulary help:

More vocabulary?  Click on the icon that looks like a book, to the left

Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. Mandy has grown a lot in a few months. Yes or no?

2. Mandy runs and barks with other dogs in the park. Yes or no?

3. Mandy has short legs. Yes or no?

4. Mandy can't jump. Yes or no?

5. She wags her tail when she catches the ball. Yes or no?


Fill in the Blanks:

6. We _________ played with a ball in the park almost every day.

7. Mandy _________ been good company.

8. I got Mandy when she was a little _____________.

9. Mandy and I _______ friends at the park.

10. When Mandy ______________ the ball, she wags her tail.

11. We have _____________ good friends over the past few months.

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 a boy writing a story




 

 

Studying (use of the infinitive)

I have decided to improve my marks because I want to succeed in school. I don’t like to study very much. I don’t mean to do poorly but often I don’t remember to finish my homework. I prefer to play on my computer. I also love to watch TV. Sometimes I forget to bring my books to school.

I need to listen more to the teacher. Sometimes I pretend to pay attention in class but I happen to be thinking about other things instead. My friends have offered to help me study.

 I promise to try to work harder in the future because I hope to do better. I don’t like to fail. I have to pass!

 

 

 

(We often use the infinitive form of a verb if it is after another verb. There are many verbs that can have an infinitive after them including afford, ask, begin, wish, refuse, prepare, hate.)

Vocabulary help:

More vocabulary?  Click on the icon that looks like a book, to the left

Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. I like to watch TV. Yes or no?

2. I do poorly in school but I want to do better. Yes or no?

3. I do my homework. Yes or no?

4. I always pay attention to the teacher. Yes or no?

5. I like to play on my computer. Yes or no?


Fill in the Blanks:

6. I ___________ to listen to the teacher.

7. My friends have _____________ to help me study.

8. I want to __________________ in school. I don't want to fail.

9. I don't like __________________. I prefer to play on my computer.

10. I have decided ____________ my marks in school.

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Answers:


Mornings

1. no, 2. no, 3. yes

4. head, 5. ignore, 6. morning, 7. nasty, 8. complain

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It Snows in Canada

1. yes, 2. no, 3. yes, 4. no

5. glistens, 6. winter, 7. covers, 8. snowplows, 9. cold, 10, problems

 

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A Phone Call

1. no, 2. no, 3. yes, 4. yes, 5. no

6. sister, 7. having, 8. watching, 9. meeting/after, 10. talking

 

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My Dog Mandy

1. yes, 2. yes, 3. yes, 4. no, 5. yes

6. have 7. has, 8. puppy, 9. meet, 10. catches, 11. become

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Studying

1. yes, 2. yes, 3. no, 4. no, 5. yes,

6. need, 7. offered, 8. succeed, 9. to study, 10. to improve,

 

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