25 Stories

Written by learners and published as a resource for others to share on their learning journeys

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Adult Literacy and Basic Education (ALBE) Resources Unit in Devonport, Tasmania, published over 50 stories that had been written by learners as part of their literacy learning program. The writers were closely involved in the production of their stories, with the understanding that the resources would be made available for other learners, teachers and tutors. Since their initial publication there has been continuing interest in the stories, that contain relevant content and appropriate reading levels for adult learners. They are widely used by individuals and organisations across Australia as reading resources and as models for writing. 25 Stories is a selection of those works that have been republished and made available to download, free of charge from our website. Each story has been assigned an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level for reading and writing, and is presented here along with a worksheet to be used by adult learners in the classroom.

TasTAFE and TCAL wish to thank the original writers, illustrators, learners, teachers and publishers who have generously made these stories available for others to share. 26TEN and LINC Tasmania, part of the Tasmanian government, funded the project.

 a-wet-experience-book-cover

A Wet Experience

Author: Devonfield Group
Illustrator: Heather Cumming
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 13
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A story about a man who rode his bike into a dam.


Download
PDF      Worksheet

 about-the-Game-book-cover

There’s Not Much I Don’t Know About the Game

Author: P. Hattenschwiler
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 3


A story about a man who knew a lot about football.


Download
PDF      Worksheet

 Banks_of_the_Mersey-book-cover

On the Banks of the Mersey

Author: Joan Shaw
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A story about life on the Mersey River.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Chris_car-book-cover

Chris’ Car

Author: Robert Coppleman
Illustrator: Peta Owen
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A car can bring responsibilities to an owner and his parents.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Christmas_shopping-book-cover

Christmas Shopping

Author: A.L.B.
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


Christmas often starts with a list and lots of things to count.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Cricket-book-cover

Cricket

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


A cricketer’s career is cut short.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Escape-book-cover

Escape

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


An easy escape is planned, but it is not so easy in the end.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Fish-Feathers-Flies-book-cover

Fish, Feathers and Flies

Author: Pat Mathew
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 24
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A gruesome tale about fishing and feathers.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Fishing-book-cover

Fishing

Author: David McKenzie
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 20
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


A story about the one that got away.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 HQ_Holden-book-cover

HQ Holden

Author: Murray Bransden
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 3


A story about a high sped car chase around the streets of Burnie.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Monday-book-cover

Monday

Author: Jenny Templar
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


Starting the day can be a challenge.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 My_Boating-book-cover

My Boating Experiences

Author: Barry
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 8
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 3


A story about a windy boat race.


Download
PDF

 My_week-book-cover

My Week

Author: Margaret Curtain
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 14
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


Every day of the week is different.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Pumpkin-Scones-book-cover

The Day We Made Pumpkin Scones

Author: Lesley Adams
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 15
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A delicious recipe made from the garden.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Roger-book-cover

Roger

Author: Trevor Duff
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 9
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 3


A smart working dog brings a lively cow into the yard.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Saturday-book-cover

Saturday

Author: John Watson
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


Sometimes it is hard to predict how a day may go.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Seagulls_Rescue-book-cover

A Seagull’s Rescue

Author: Bronwyn Ahern
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 9
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


After a big storm, Sam finds an injured seagull on the beach.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Signs_at_work-book-cover

Signs at Work

Author: Cameron McDougall, Caroline Reid and Penny Game
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 9
ACSF Reading and Writing Pre-level: 1


The meaning of signs at work.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Susie_the_pink_chicken-book-cover

Susie the Pink Chicken

Author: Noel Shearer
Illustrator: Heather Cumming
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A colourful story written for children.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 The_pink_palace-book-cover

The Pink Palace

Author: J.H.
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 17
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A story about Risdon Prison, otherwise known as the Pink Palace.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Thursday-book-cover

Thursday

Author: Howard Towns and Kevin Ronan
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 9
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


When payday comes, the money goes.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Trip_to_the_Lakes-book-cover

My Overnight Trip to the Lakes

Author: Robby Clark
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 12
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 1


A story about trout fishing.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Vist_to_Butcher-book-cover

A Visit to the Butcher

Author: Robert Coppleman
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 14
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A story about mixing up the meat.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

 Voices_from_laos-book-cover

Voices from Laos: Three Hmong Stories

Authors: Xia Xiong, Boufoue Xiong, Mai Yang, Xai Xue Yang, Xia Mai Yang, Chang Vang Yang, Cher Xiong Yang, Mai Yang, Yee Yang
Transcribed by: Lou-Anne Barker
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 28
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 3


Stories about life in Laos, school, and fighting to survive.


Download
PDF     Life in Laos worksheet
Escape into Thailand worksheet
The Pair of Glasses worksheet

 Wouldnt_read_about_it-book-cover

You Wouldn’t Read About It

Author: Kath White
Publisher: TasTAFE
Date of publication: 2015
Pages: 21
ACSF Reading and Writing Level: 2


A true story about an elephant, a Mini and leaving the scene of an accident.


Download
PDF     Worksheet

TCAL is the peak body for adult literacy and numeracy practitioners. We make literacy and numeracy resources available for teaching and learning, and provide opportunities and spaces for practitioners to support each other and exchange ideas.

TCAL is a not for profit association run entirely by volunteers. We rely on membership fees and grants to fund our activities.