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1946-1999 CEFR B2 English Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Novel Print Short Story Uncategorized Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

The house on Mango street

The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s greatly admired novel of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

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1946-1999 CEFR B2 Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Poetry Print

Five Sugars Please

A collection of poetry about life, family, culture, poetry in general.

Year of Release: 1993

Author(s): John Hegley

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1338550.Five_Sugars_Please

Further information (link): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl1efoOEDzg

ISBN: 0413678806

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Lots of videos are available with Hegley introducing poetry and his poetry.

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1946-1999 CEFR B1 Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Novel Print

Howl’s Moving Castle

After unwittingly incurring the wrath of the Witch of the Waste, 18-year-old Sophie is cursed to live the rest of her life as an old woman. She sets off in search of heartless Howl, a wizard who presides in his ever-moving castle in the hills. Her journey to breaking the spell is also one of self-discovery. Sophie becomes more and more entangled with Howl, bargains with a fire demon and finally goes head to head with the Witch of the Waste.

Year of Release: 1986

Author(s): Diana Wynne Jones

Preview: https://preview.aer.io/Howls_Moving_Castle-ODU0MTY=?social=0&retail=0&emailcap=0

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294.Howl_s_Moving_Castle

ISBN: 9780061478789 (2007 edition)

ebook URL: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/howls-moving-castle-diana-wynne-jones

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The book was made into a film in 2004 by Studio Ghibli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_(film) – Students could compare the book with the film.

This book is part of the World of Howl series, which may interest students who want to find out more about Howl.