The hopes and dreams of the characters in these four stories are a reflection of virtually every group of people
who have ventured from their homes for a new life in America. Each story and its characters reflect a part of the
history of the United States. Yet at the same time each story is different, as the characters face challenges, defeats
and victories in the fields and factories of Southern California, the gold fields of the West, the construction of the
railroad in Utah, Chinatown in San Francisco, the Deep South, Chicago’s Southside, and New York’s Little Italy.
- Adult immigrants will have no difficulty identifying with people in the stories.
- Any struggling reader of Engligh will experience progress and enjoyment in reading successfully.
The text intentionally breaks the normal rhythmic flow of English statements into phrases, chunks of words
that naturally go together and should be seen, read, spoken, and understood as meaningful thought groups, not
broken up by the need to justify the lines. These uninterrupted phrases also reflect a very basic feature of English
grammar—the default phrase structure of noun phrase, verb phrase, and adverbials in that order. The vocabulary
level of the books is at the 300? level, meaning most of the words in the story can be comprehended by students
with a vocabulary of more than 300 words.
The readers are also available with an audio component; in effect they can be used as an audio–book.
Available free online on our website, (www.prolinguaassociates.com)the teacher’s supplement includes the following:
- Brief plot summaries
- Discussion Questions for each chapter
- Historical photographs
- Detailed plot summaries
- Historical background
- Comprehension check: “What Did You Read” Form
- Book report form
- Word play activity
- Final Review Cloze activity