Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, an English Novel Study for Korean, Japanese, or Spanish Speakers

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Who would have thought that a children’s novel could generate such controversy as Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, but the world is what it is. I’ve read the comments of some teachers who insist that Junie B. (NEVER forget the B!) is a poor role model for children, what with her penchant for casual violence and all, and should thus be banished from the classroom. Her adventures would, I admit, inspire horror in the hearts of the average primary school teacher – but is that any reason to write her off completely? 

I don’t think so. You see I enjoy using the book as a cautionary tale. Most of the children I teach all know somebody like Junie B. whom they avoid as much as possible; we have quite active discussions actually.

So, if you’re like me and enjoy a little rough housing in your children’s literature then please check out one of the novel studies below at my TpT store. They’ve been designed for teaching to EFL students who share the same mother tongue: Korean, Japanese, or Spanish (other languages are in the works).

Just click on one of the images below:

Junie B. Jones (Korean)Junie B. Jones (Japanese) 

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine, an ELT Study for Arabic, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish Speaking Young Learners

It’s Valentines Day. You discover that your pet dog has a secret admirer. You start to freak out.

“Hey this is MY dog. Why should I have to compete for his affection? That’s why he’s MY dog in the first place. So I can have someone’s unconditional affection!”

That is the situation that super-sleuth Nate the Great finds himself in one morning in this short novel, perfect for celebrating that holiday dreaded by singles, couples, and married folk across the globe – Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine. 

A novel study for this book is now available for young learners whose mother tongue is one of four languages: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish.

For more focused and useful lessons, it divides the novel into three easy to teach sections:

  • Section 1: p.7-21
  • Section 2: p.22-33
  • Section 3: p.34-44

Each section includes:

  • comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;
  • a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;
  • a vocabulary list with Korean translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;
  • a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;
  • a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and
  • a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.

There is also:

  • a crossword puzzle;
  • a clue log;
  • a make-your-own word search puzzle worksheet;
  • a make-your-own crossword puzzle worksheet;
  • a comic strip project;
  • an illustrator worksheet;
  • a summarizer worksheet;
  • a prediction worksheet;
  • a final test;
  • a book cover project;
  • a book report assignment; and
  • answer keys.

Click on one of the images below to se for yourself.




Christmas in Camelot, an ESL/EFL Novel Study for Korean Students

Jack and Annie find themselves in Camelot for Christmas where they are sent on an important quest to save the kingdom. Will they succeed? Read Christmas in Camelot with your young learners to find out!

I know. It was getting onto Christmas time and you thought a Christmas chapter book from the Magic Tree House would be a great idea. That, or you were ordered to teach it from on high. You crack open the book and realize what you should have known before. At 16 chapters it’s longer than you expected, and the vocabulary is a bit more difficult than previous books in the series. You suddenly feel that you’re in trouble, big trouble. How on earth will you cope?

Never fear, The ESL Review is here with a novel study designed for use in the EFL classroom.  It comes with all the basic worksheets, handouts, vocabulary lists, and tests that you will need to teach the book effectively in your class. It will also free up your time so that you can work on the really special parts of your lesson that you know best.

Check it out.

A Growing Collection of ESL/EFL Nate the Great Novel Studies for Japanese Students

If you’re not in the know, Nate The Great is a pancake-loving, child super sleuth in the business of retrieving everyday items that have gone missing from his neighborhood. Supported by his pet dog and assistant Sludge, Nate and his motley crew of friends are entertaining for both children and adults.

I’ve recently combined my entire collection of Nate the Great novel studies into a single file that can be downloaded in one go. That’s fifteen out of a total of twenty-six novels, with more than one thousand pages of teaching supplements. At the price I’m charging it’s the equivalent of paying for ten books and getting five for free (as well as each of the remaining books that I’ll be adding over the next year).

You can see which titles are available below. Some are missing, but if you leave a message at my store or in the comments section below I’ll get to work on the book you need right away.

The novel studies below have been designed for use with students whose first language is Japanese, but this same bundle is available for Arabic, Korean, and Spanish speaking students. Click on any of the images below to check it out.




Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas, an ESL/EFL Novel Study for Japanese Students 


Can Nate the Great find Fang the dog’s missing Christmas card before he begins to doubt his mother’s love? Read Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas with your young learners to find out! 

This English novel study is designed specifically for use in the ESL/EFL classroom with Japanese speaking young learners in mind. Meticulously crafted and easy to use for both teachers and students, this comprehensive booklet will absolutely enhance your teaching experience. It’s classroom tested, and it works.

(This novel study is also available for Korean and Spanish speakers. Arabic will also be available soon.)

For more focused and useful lessons, it divides the novel into four easy to teach sections: 

  • Section 1: p.1-11
  • Section 2: p.12-21
  • Section 3: p.22-31
  • Section 4: p.32-41

Each section includes:

  • comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;
  • a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;
  • a vocabulary list with Japanese translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;
  • a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;
  • a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and
  • a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.

There are also: 

  • student handouts;
  • a crossword puzzle;
  • a make-your-own word search puzzle worksheet;
  • a make-your-own crossword puzzle worksheet;
  • a comic strip project;
  • an illustrator worksheet;
  • a summarizer worksheet;
  • a prediction worksheet;
  • a final test; 
  • a book cover project;
  • a book report assignment;
  • answer keys.

The best thing is that this novel study unit is still growing! Once purchased, all updates are FREE! Before deciding whether to buy this product check out this amazing bundle and save $$$!

Nate the Great and the Sticky Case, an ELT Novel Study for Spanish Speakers

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Will Nate the Great ever find Claude’s missing dinosaur? Read Nate the Great and the Sticky Case to find out! 

This English novel study is designed specifically for use in the ESL/EFL classroom with Spanish speaking young learners in mind. Meticulously crafted and easy to use for both teachers and students, this comprehensive booklet will absolutely enhance your teaching experience. It’s classroom tested, and it works.

This novel study is also available for students whose first language is Japanese or Korean.

For more focused and useful lessons, it divides the novel into four easy to teach sections:

  • Section 1: p.7-17
  • Section 2: p.18-27
  • Section 3: p.28-37
  • Section 4: p.38-48

Each section includes:

  • comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;
  • a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;
  • a vocabulary list with Spanish translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;
  • a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;
  • a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and
  • a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.

There are also:

  • crossword puzzles;
  • a clue log;
  • a make-your-own word search puzzle worksheet;
  • a make-your-own crossword puzzle worksheet;
  • a comic strip project;
  • an illustrator worksheet;
  • a summarizer worksheet;
  • a prediction worksheet;
  • a final test;
  • a book cover project; and
  • a book report assignment.

Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, a Halloween-Themed ESL/EFL Novel Study for Korean Speakers

If you are into teaching the Magic Tree House series to your young learners you will love volume 30, Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, this Halloween. In this novel, Jack and Annie must find the Diamond of Destiny and save the mystical land of Camelot from the evil Raven King. It’s an exciting adventure that will keep both you and your students enthralled from beginning to end. 

The ESL Review has designed a novel study booklet perfect for students whose first language is Korean. It includes:

– comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;

– a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;

– a vocabulary list with Korean translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;

– a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;

– a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and

– a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.
There is also: 

– a comic strip worksheet;

– a vocabulary list;

– a summarizer worksheet;

– an illustrator worksheet;

– a make your own word search puzzle worksheet;

– a whole book crossword puzzle

– a make your own crossword puzzle worksheet;

– a making predictions worksheet;

– a final test with answer key;

– a book cover project; and

– a book report assignment.

This novel study booklet is also available in Spanish and Japanese. 

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt, an ESL/EFL Novel Study for Japanese, Korean, or Spanish Speakers

Here’s a scenario: Halloween is fast on its way and you need to teach a spooky book with your ESL/EFL students. You’re not sure what to do. Well, why not spend the holiday reading Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt with your young learners? This children’s thriller will keep you on your toes as young super-sleuth Nate seeks out a lost cat on the scariest day of the year.

You might also want to think about trying The ESL Review’s novel study for this book. It has been expressly designed for teaching Nate the Great and the Hallloween Hunt to young learners whose first language is something other than English – like Japanese, Korean, or Spanish.

It’s classroom tested, and it works.

A Growing Collection of ESL/EFL Nate the Great Novel Studies for Korean Students

If you’re not in the know, Nate The Great is a pancake-loving, child super sleuth in the business of retrieving everyday items that have gone missing from his neighborhood. Supported by his pet dog and assistant Sludge, Nate and his motley crew of friends are entertaining for both children and adults.

I’ve recently combined my entire collection of Nate the Great novel studies into a single file that can be downloaded in one go. That’s fifteen out of a total of twenty-six novels, with more than one thousand pages of teaching supplements. At the price I’m charging it’s the equivalent of paying for ten books and getting five for free (as well as each of the remaining books that I’ll be adding over the next year).

You can see which titles are available below. Some are missing, but if you leave a message at my store or in the comments section below I’ll get to work on the book you need right away. 

The novel studies below have been designed for use with students whose first language is Korean, but this same bundle is available for Japanese speaking students, while bundles for Spanish and Arabic should be available later this month. Click on any of the images below to check it out.

Recent Art Work from Stone Fox

One of my young learners recently completed a comic book version of chapter 4 for the novel Stone Fox, which we had been reading in class  for the past month. Upon seeing her work, I thought to myself that this young lady has a real future as a graphic novel artist. Her dream is to be a writer as it happens.

The template for her work comes from my Stone Fox novel study for Korean students. The Japanese and Spanish versions should be out in a month or so. Click on any of the images below to visit the product page at my store.