Beginner ESL EBOOKS & Resources

 

The beginner series of thematic eBooks focus on an eighteen-year-old boy named Jason Miller. Students will be introduced to Jason's family, friends, and school life. They will also learn about what there is to see and do in New York State.

Each of our eBooks comes with accompanying worksheets, lesson plans and assessments.  Our engaging collection is geared for students aged 11 - 14, and matches themes covered in the classroom.

Jason Miller
ESL eBook - JASON MILLER
1A - Jason Miller

Meet Jason Miller. Learn about where he is from and what languages he speaks.

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  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: About me, Activities, Family
  • English Vocabulary: Describing one's self. Describing activities.
  • English Grammar: Present continuous tense. Subject pronouns.
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My Friends
ESL eBook - MY FRIENDS
2A - My Friends

Jason, Rita and Travis are all busy today. Where are they? What are they all doing?

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: Friends, Activities
  • English Vocabulary: Introducing a friend. Describing activities.
  • English Grammar: Present continuous tense. Subject pronouns. Possessive adjectives.
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My School
ESL eBook - MY SCHOOL
3A - My School

Visit Jason's school in New York. Look inside his English classroom and find out what is inside the library.

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: School, Classroom, School supplies
  • English Vocabulary: Classroom objects. School subjects. Numbers.
  • English Grammar: Singular/Plural nouns. Definite/Indefinite articles. There is.../There are...
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My Family
ESL eBook - MY FAMILY
4A - My Family 

How many people are in Jason's family? What do they all look like? What do they do? Read to find out.

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: Family, Jobs, Interests
  • English Vocabulary: Introducing family members. Age. Describing people's physical traits and interests.
  • English Grammar: Simple present tense. Subject pronouns. Possessive adjectives. Adjectives. Possessive nouns.
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The Seasons
ESL eBook - THE SEASONS
5A - The Seasons

Learn about what Jason likes to do in New York State's four seasons.

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: Seasons, Weather, Activities
  • English Vocabulary: Describing the weather. Indoor/Outdoor activities. Expressing likes.
  • English Grammar: Adjectives. Prepositions.
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My Summer in New York
ESL eBook - MY SUMMER IN NEW YORK
6A - My Summer in New York 

Jason is busy every day of the week during the summer. Find out what is keeping him busy!

 

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: Routines, Activities
  • English Vocabulary: Describing things to do in the city. Habitual actions. Days of the week.
  • English Grammar: Simple present tense. Time expressions. Prepositions.
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Jason Sends an E-mail
ESL eBook - JASON SENDS AN E-MAIL
7A - Jason Sends an E-mail 

Jason sends an e-mail to his new friend. In his e-mail, he tells about himself and also asks questions to find out more about his friend.

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: About me, Friends, Activities, Hobbies
  • English Vocabulary: Describing interests. Describing physical/personality traits.
  • English Grammar: Asking questions. Adjectives. Like to...
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The New Student
ESL eBook - THE NEW STUDENT
8A - The New Student 

Meet the new student, Allan. Learn about where he is from and what classes he is taking.

  • Book Style: Conversational
  • Connecting Themes: About me, Friends, School
  • English Vocabulary: Greeting someone/Saying goodbye. Exchanging personal information.
  • English Grammar: Asking questions. Present tense.
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Jason Buys School Supplies
ESL eBook - JASON BUYS SCHOOL SUPPLIES
9A - Jason Buys School Supplies

Find out what school supplies Jason needs to buy and how much each of the items cost.

  • Book Style: Conversational
  • Connecting Themes: Shopping, School supplies
  • English Vocabulary: Shopping for school supplies. Colors. Price.
  • English Grammar: Asking questions. Adjectives. Definite/Indefinite articles. Numbers.
  • Click below for accompanying worksheets, lesson plans and assessments.

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Weekend Plans
ESL eBook - WEEKEND PLANS
10A - Weekend Plans

It's the weekend, and Jason and Travis are making plans. Read about where they are going to go and what they are going to do.

  • Book Style: Conversational
  • Connecting Themes: TimeMaking plans
  • English Vocabulary: Making plans. Making/Accepting suggestions.
  • English Grammar: Asking questions. Prepositions. Want to...
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New York State
ESL eBook - NEW YORK STATE
11A - New York State 

Did you know that New York State is in the United States? Learn about its climate, its culture and what one can see and do!

  • Book Style: Reading Comprehension
  • Connecting Themes: Tourism, Weather, Activities, Food
  • English Vocabulary: Food. Climate. Activities.
  • English Grammar: Adjectives. Prepositions. Can...
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