Poor Ana – by Blaine Ray (Level 1 – Book A)
The easiest novel that exists in English – for first-year students.  A vocabulary of only 300 words.  Ana is a 15-year-old girl who leads a tough life in a small city in Mexico.  Her mother is always on her.  Her family doesn’t have much money, but her best friend’s families have more money.  She’s extremely jealous of them.

When she gets an opportunity to go to California, she goes to Los Angeles, where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones in her own family.  Her view of her life changes radically.  When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light.

Poor Ana is short and easy.  When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of English.  Level 1 – Book A.

Chapter Nine

Ana sees everything differently now.  She doesn’t have any problems.  She has a lot of things, but now things aren’t very important.  She has a good family.  Her mother yells, but families in the United States yell too.  She has a lot of friends in Mexico.  She has a lot of friends in the United States too.  She has good friends in Mexico and in the United States.

Ana talks with a student at school.  His name is Pablo.  Ana wants to do a project.  She remembers the special dance and the clothing drive at the school in California.  She wants to help poor people.  Ana says to Pablo, “Let’s have a clothing drive for poor people.”

Pablo listens, and says, “Good idea.  I like your idea.  I’m going to talk with other students.  I’m going to make a plan.”

Two months later there’s a dance at school.  The students go to the dance.  When they go to a dance, they usually pay with money.  This is a special dance.  They don’t pay with money.  They pay with clothing.

A lot of students go to the dance.  They bring all kinds of clothes.  They bring new clothes and good used clothing.  Some students pay with money.

After the dance, they have a big clothing drive.  They also collect 235 dollars to help with the project.  One day, after class, all the students go to a classroom and prepare the clothing for poor families.

Ana and her friends take the clothing to a church.  The church gives the clothing to families that need help.

Ana thinks about the families.  She thinks about the children that have clothing now.  She likes to think about the children who are very happy to have the clothing.

Ana thinks a lot about next summer.  She’s happy that Nancy is coming to her house.  She thinks about the United States.  Ana wants to return to the United States in two years.

Ana smiles because her life is perfect.

Poor Ana is published by:
Blaine Ray Workshops, which features TPR Storytelling products and related materials.
Command Performance Language Institute, which features Total Physical Response products and other fine products related to language acquisition and teaching.
Cover art by Pol (www.polanimation.com)
First Edition published June, 2007.
Copyright 2007 by Blaine Ray.  All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by an information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from Blaine Ray.