Creative, intriguing short stories to make students think and wonder what if. . .
Stories Without End engages students with literature through intriguing short stories that make them think and wonder. What if we could teleport anywhere in the world whenever we wanted to? Will robots ever replace human teachers? Why are some people optimists while others are pessimists? Where does our personality come from?
Stories Without End also gets students creating with engaging projects. Because the stories have no end, students will have to create their own. They’ll also find themselves writing about one particular character, drawing a scene from the story, interviewing people about the theme of the story, or keeping a dream journal. Each story is also supported with questions and vocabulary activities to introduce the story and followed by discussion questions.
Perfect for teaching reading, creative writing, or discussion. And it’s a flexible resource. Use it as the main book for a month-long elective, as a regular supplement activity, or an occasional treat for the students!
“All the English textbooks I’ve ever used were boring, but this is so unique.” —Yurie S., ESL student
“Well-thought-out approach to using fiction in an ESOL environment”—Andrew L., Professor MATESOL, Concordia University
“I love the variety of topics and levels. The open-ended stories are especially fun and motivating.”— Mina Gavell, ESL Instructor
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Samples and Downloads
Downloadable resources and sample pages from the book:
The different format and the inclusion of pre-reading motivation questions and post-reading discussion questions and activities really make this book stand out among the “writing prompt” books that I’ve encountered. I also appreciate the diversity in terms of reading levels and genres.
— Brittany G., Teacher
This book is a wonderful jumping point for creative writing in the classroom. You could use this book for any age/grade and adapt the expectation of a creative response to suit.
— Carmen M., Educator
Every classroom should own a copy of this book. . . I will add this one to my “to buy” list in the coming year.
— Catherine H., Librarian
Fascinating book on teaching reluctant readers how to write. Contains stories meant to be expanded with vocabulary and intriguing questions on which ending they would prefer.
— Chel S., Book Enthusiast
The creation of this book was extremely thoughtful. The prompts are interesting and fun. An absolute delight. I’ve even used a few as starting points for my personal (adult) creative writing exercises
—Cass D., Writer and Creator
I cannot wait to use Taylor’s book with my students. His “Stories Without End” truly bring reading and writing together as a meaningful activity for lower- to intermediate-level learners in a way that few – if any – tasks do.
—Verena Schäfers Sutherland, MATESOL PCC Newberb/Linfield College
With all of the prescribed five paragraph essay requirements for kids in school these days, it’s refreshing to see more organic teaching methods and prompts for kids to get their creativity flowing. I especially like the “After You Read” sections after each story.
—Jamie M., Writer
The focus on engaging reading and writing materials is really what students need!
—David Williams, English Professor, Dhofar University
I’ve read all of the shortest stories, and they are wonderful. What a great idea!
— Catherine Noble Professor of MATESOL, Concordia University, Portland.
I like the concept. I’m sure it will meet the objective of encouraging discussion in class.
—Christiane Brew, English teacher, www.lotus.consulting
I think it’s useful because we can train a skill that we guess the stories even if we have a lot of vocabulary that we don’t know.
What make it interesting is that we created the end of the stories by ourselves
I like House Husbands, T-Rex Window and Sambo. I want to recommend to read House Husband for people who have biased thinking especially Japanese elderly people! I think it can give some thinking. I think these stories are easy to understand and it is good for students because if it looks difficult, students think that they don’t want to do it before to read. Key vocabularies also not too many, so students could be positive to do this.
[These stories] improved my reading speed and are useful to extend reading skills.
We can learn new words and develop creativity.
Very interesting and easy to understand.
The book was really fun!