Little Women – a classic story for all


A good book is a good companion – and many of us like to snuggle up on the sofa and immerse ourselves in a new world. 

For language learners, reading a whole novel may be a bit too challenging. So why not point your students in the direction of our graded Readers? Whether they prefer contemporary fiction, non-fiction or classics, the Pearson Active Readers series has something for everyone.

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women is one of our favorites. To celebrate a new movie version coming out on December 25th, we’ve put together a new set of classroom resources to use alongside the Level 1 Reader, suitable for A1–A2 level learners.

Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868, Little Women tells the story of four sisters and their lives during the American Civil War. Based on the author’s own family, the story explores themes such as the importance of family, friendship, love and work. 

The story begins at Christmas time, where the four girls are unhappy with their lives having recently become poor. However, they soon meet someone who will prove to be an important figure in their lives. The book follows the trials and tribulations of the four girls as they grow up to become women.

Why use graded Readers in class?

Extensive reading can be extremely beneficial to language learners, whatever their age or level. However, reading authentic texts in another language can prove extremely challenging and can be disheartening, putting students off reading in English. Graded Readers are written with carefully graded language to allow learners to read original and classic texts at just the right level. 

With Pearson English Active Readers, the book itself is just a part of the learning experience. Each Reader comes with an audio CD with the full audio version of the book so that students can improve their listening as well as their reading skills. Teacher’s notes and worksheets accompany the Reader to allow you to make the most of the book during lessons, including chapter summaries, vocabulary and language practice, discussion activities, and even progress tests to make sure your students are on the right track.

Free resources available!

As well as all the downloadable resources you can find on the Little Women Reader website, we’ve created some brand new activities you can use in class together with the Reader. 

These include: 

1. Little Women fact sheet

Students learn more about the four main characters from the novel and complete an activity to personalize the language and share information about themselves.

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2. Little Women webquest

Students complete an engaging webquest, search for information about the author of Little Women and then give a presentation of their findings. 

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3. Little Women on social media 

Students brainstorm ideas and then write social media posts from the point of view of one of the characters. 

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Did you enjoy these materials? Check out some more classic Readers and classroom activities: 

Happy reading!

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