Graded readers are believed to be extremely useful for learners of English. Many research reports show that learners improve substantially if they read a lot of simplified books. In this post, I would like to share a Graded Reader Comic. It is a Sherlock Holmes story called The Final Curtain. The comic is just six pages long and is suitable for elementary and pre-intermediate learners of English.
Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain – Graded Reader
I took the original comic, improved the quality of the pictures and simplified the dialogues. You can download and print the graded reader here:
If you prefer video, you can watch the video of the comic here. There is no sound but you can ask your students to read the bubbles aloud.
Graded Readers – research
At the end of the period, I gave the students the Level Vocabulary Test by Paul Nation and then my colleague gave the same test to another group of 10-year-olds who study the same textbook. My group knew 10% more words than the control group, but the other group scored better in a grammar test. So, I am not convinced that graded readers are the best thing. But as they do not harm my students, I will keep on using them.
If you are interested in more research on graded readers, you can find it here.