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Selections: A primary reading anthology

This section features original stories and poems from the Selections story anthology series for children aged 5-12. We have published 18 stories and poems from the series with activities and worksheets written by Adrian Tennant.

  • Each story is accompanied by an audio version which you can download by right-clicking and selecting Save as from the drop-down menu.
  • The stories are in American English with American-English narration.
  • Step-by-step notes for teachers include activities to do before, during and after listening or reading.

Selections stories and lessons

  • Selections level 1: Little Milly-Molly

    Author: Poem by Tony Retallack, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A poem by Tony Retallack about likes and dislikes, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 1: Monday

    Author: Poem by Eileen Bourke, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A poem by Eileen Bourke about daily routines, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 1: Mr Crocodile's toothbrush

    Author: Story by Bridgid Slater, activities by Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Bridgid Slater about searching for something you have lost, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 2: Anna's first day

    Author: Story by Rachel Jones, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Rachel Jones about the morning of Anna's first day of school, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 2: I want chocolate

    Author: Story by Lisse Honeyman, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Lisse Honeyman about a girl who only wants to eat chocolate, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 2: Off to work

    Author: Story by Kathleen Rourke, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Kathleen Rourke about people's jobs, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 3: It's a disaster, I tell you!

    Author: Poem by Leo Kingsmill, activities by Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A poem by Leo Kingsmill about a boy who is having an extremely bad day, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 3: Izzy the inventor

    Author: Story by Helen Douglas, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Helen Douglas about inventions, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 3: Picture perfect

    Author: Story by Helen Douglas, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Helen Douglas about art, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 4: Hurricane Helen

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Maggie Dent about a girl who is always in a hurry, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 4: I can't catch that ball!

    Author: Poem by Leo Kingsmill, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A poem by Leo Kingsmill about sports, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 4: The genie in the jelly jar

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Helen Douglas about a wish-granting genie, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 5: The life of a fish

    Author: Poem by Paula Aitcheson, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A poem by Paula Aitcheson about the life of a fish, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 5: The number kid

    Author: Story by Eileen Bourke, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Eileen Bourke about school children's talents, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 5: The science fair gadget

    Author: Story by Ian Thomson, activities by Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Ian Thomson about a science fair gadget that gets out of control in the classroom, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 6: A fashion accident

    Author: Story by Lisse Honeyman, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Lisse Honeyman about a fashion accident, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 6: Rain

    Author: Poem by Helen Kidd, activities by Adrian Tennant Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    A poem by Helen Kidd about the nature of rain, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

  • Selections level 6: The long walk home

    Author: Story by Josephine Cotterill, activities by Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A story by Josephine Cotterill about a boy who sees something unusual whilst walking in the rain, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

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