This book offers stories of high appeal to adults based on the real experiences of immigrants, with whom most readers will easily be able to identify. Reading skills are developed in exercises, and realia (everyday items) will help students develop practical competencies. Writing activities are designed both to help students with typical tasks and to motivate them to write on their own.
Part One of each chapter presents a narrative and related comprehension activities. Part Two offers simplified realia (everyday items) with related reading and writing exercises. Part Three teaches the mechanics of writing paragraph form, punctuation, spelling, and the like. Part Four provides a framework for common kinds of writing, along with suggestions for "Beyond the Book" writing activities.