[Here is a second attempt at fiction for ELL’s. It’s inspired by Your Voice: short stories by teachers for learners and good friend of the blog Kevin Stein]
You might think it’s a blessing. You might be jealous. You might even think I am lucky or special. Honestly, I’d rather just be normal. I agree that I can do something most people can’t do but I don’t think it is so wonderful. I would trade it for many things. I wish I could run fast. I wish I could talk to girls. I wish I could sing or dance. Or paint. Sadly, I can’t do any of these things. I can just answer multiple choice questions correctly. That’s it. That’s all I can do. I wish I could write poetry. I wish I could write a story. I wish I could read a story and enjoy it. I wish I could read a story without thinking about the answers to multiple choice questions. Unfortunately, all I can do is fill in bubbles correctly. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that I am lucky. You are thinking I should just be happy with what I can do. I understand this. Everyone says I am smart. Everyone says I am a genius. Everyone knows I will go to a great college. Everyone says I have a gift. Everyone thinks school and life are easy for me. They are not. Nobody knows my gift is actually a curse to me.
Flesch Reading Ease :86.91
Coleman Liau index: 3.39
Flesh Kincaid Grade Level: 2.98
Number of words: 222
Number of sentences: 30
I have some ideas on particular things I might focus on with this text but I will hold off on including this for now.
Please feel free to use this story as you wish.
I would love to hear about it if someone used it in class.