Because We All Love a Good Story (by Kevin Stein)

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4 Responses

  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    This is fabulous, Kevin! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I’d never thought of adapting online stories for my learners–I love it! The frequency level checker looks like it would be a great help in doing that. I can hardly wait to give it a try.

    I really appreciate that you included references so teachers can continue to read about this topic if it interests them.

    • kevin stein says:


      Thank you for the chance to write about lit in the language classroom. It was a great way to get my thoughts in order and take a more serious look at what is going on in my classroom. And it’s a real honor to be guest writer with a huge number of teachers whose ideas and writings have helped shape how I teach.


  2. mura says:

    some great (referenced) ideas here.
    i like how you encourage learners to generate their own meanings and not try to force a meaning through dry comprehension questions.

    i have used one of kevin’s short stories very recently and it went down a storm.


    • kevin stein says:

      Hi Mura,

      Thanks for using and helping to spread the word about my short stories. I’m glad you dig the no comprehension question approach. I’m never quite sure what those questions are supposed to do for our students anyway. If they remember the characters name, where they live, what color the house is, etc., how does that relate to understanding the story? Even more important maybe, how does it help to direct the curiosity that a story naturally generates?

      Thanks again.

      Oh, and I love the phrase, “went down a storm.”