Reading Materials

Design for Drama: Short Plays from American Literature

Design for Drama features a number of plays that are adapted from well-known American short stories and poems. Download the PDF. 

Design for Drama features a number of plays that are adapted from well-known American short stories and poems. The stories represented are ‘The Marriages’ by Henry James, ‘The Furnished Room’ by O. Henry, ‘The Devil’ and ‘Tom Walker’ by Washington Irving, ‘The Black Cat’ by Edgar Allan Poe, ‘A Horseman in the Sky’ by Ambrose Bierce, and ‘Richard Cory’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Design for Drama is recommended for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

An adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Part of the Ladder Series, this volume has approximately 2000 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners. 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Part of the Ladder Series, this volume has approximately 2000 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners. This tale of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures on the Mississippi River is a well-loved piece of American literature. Considered a classic, this book’s story is one of friendship, loyalty, and difficult choices.


Mary and Her Little Lamb

This illustrated story accompanies the individual song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” 

This illustrated story accompanies the individual song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”


Raggedy Ann Stories

Raggedy Ann Stories contains 13 short stories about the classic rag doll and her friends. Download the MP3 or listen online. Or download the MOBI or EPUB files for your e-reader. 

Raggedy Ann Stories, abridged and adapted from the original, contains 13 short stories about the classic rag doll and her friends. The text is accompanied by the original illustrations, a picture glossary, and questions to aid comprehension. The language has been simplified for high-beginning level English language learners (with vocabulary at the first 1000-word level) and is appropriate for young learners.


American Teens Talk!

Americans Teens Talk! is a collection of interviews of American high school students in both written and audio format. Each interview is accompanied by vocabulary notes and discussion questions. 

The interviews in American Teens Talk! give learners a view into the lives of adolescents in the U.S. Through the written and audio format of the interviews, learners are able to increase their vocabulary, practice their reading and listening skills, engage in discussions, and learn more about U.S. culture. 


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