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Beginner ESL Story: The Stage

Practice long A sounds with this story. The most common long A spellings are AI, A_E (a with silent e nearby) and AY. Notice that sometimes A_E works because another word is the root word, as in "craze" for "crazy" and "fame" for "famous."


1. This actor is standing on a stage.

2. There are doors with big wooden frames.

3. There is a ladder with rails.

4. The rails make the ladder safe.

5. There is a blue pail on the second floor.

6. There is a blue chair near the actor.

7. He changes the music.

8. He makes funny faces and talks to a doll.

Answer the Questions

1. Where is the actor?

2. What is on the second floor?

3. What is near the actor?

4. What does the actor talk to?

see answers below


1. He is on a stage.
2. A blue pail is on the second floor.
3. A blue chair is near the actor.
4. The actor talks to a doll.
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