Learning English as a Second Language with Ferdinand
ESL Teacher Review of The Story of Ferdinand
by Alexie Basil
“If you feel like sitting under the cork tree, just do it. Don’t follow the crowd.”
—Myra London, ESL teacher
At the Eleanor Van Gelder School in Edgewater, New Jersey, families hail from all over the world. So to help non-English-speaking students (and their parents) embrace their unique backgrounds and teach them the English language, ESL teacher Myra London loves introducing them to The Story of Ferdinand.
Myra shares how—from the simple text, complementary illustrations, and helpful idioms to the story’s message that it’s okay to be yourself—Ferdinand is an accessible story with relatable truths for readers who are newly learning English.
Looking for another fun way to use The Story of Ferdinand in your classroom? Download the free worksheet below to help students find their “happy places” (like Ferdinand’s cork tree) in your classroom.
Here are some samples of happy places created by the students in Vickie Stofsky’s first grade class and Marcela Sotomayor’s second grade class!
Would your students enjoy this activity? We would love to see the happy places your students create! Please post their work on social media with the tag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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