StoryPlanet English story: The Hairy Tomato

Writer: David P. Steel                CEFR Level: B2

Synopsis: The story of a young Italian American who struggles with his family heritage and tries to forge his own, unique identity. It provides a great opportunity for your students to reflect on their own ethnicity and clichés associated with it. Both food and family are pivotal to this story, with plenty of corresponding language for your students to learn.

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Are the clichés about different countries and cultures true? Does family influence how people see themselves and their future? What role do food and family play in different countries and cultures? If you are an educator, you can get a Teacher’s Package that goes with this story as well as 9 others in the pro version of StoryPlanet English (click #Teacher’s Package below to see them all). The package includes the full texts of the stories, comprehensive vocabulary lists (all words and expressions in the stories levels B1 and up), suggestions for in-class activities, handouts for your class (to print out or share as PDFs) as well as links to related resources. The cost of the package is €15 or the equivalent in your local currency.

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