Time: 60 minutes
To introduce & give oral practice with the vocabulary
To give reading practice reading for detail
To give speaking practice in telling anecdotes
that the stds will know some of the vocabulary.
that they will need explanation of some of the vocab &
use of the dictionaries.
that they are aware for narrative tenses.
- the difference between rob & steal >> have the
board stage to hand.
burglar, burglary, hijack, smuggle & forge will
probably pose the most challenge >> highlight &
Stage 1 warmer: short discussion points
to provide some speaking practice
to warm the stds up
to give practice with the 2nd conditional
to wait for late arrivals
5-10 minutes s-s
1. Handout discussion pints groups
of 3/4 discuss.
1. If you saw a murder,
what would you do?
2. If you were in a
shop & you saw someone stealing something (shoplifting)
what would you do?
3. What punishment would
you give the following:
a. a well-off housewife
caught stealing from a department store.
b. a man who kills his wife after finding out she ahs
c. a terrorist who planted a bomb that killed two people.
Stage 2 Crime related vocabulary
to introduce, & clarify some common crime vocabulary
20 minutes ss-ss, t-ss
2a. Focus on steal & rob
1.Brainstrom all the vocab they can think of connected to
crime the stds just shout them out.
2. Put the verbs rob & steal. In pairs the stds
work out when you use each.
3. Feedback elicit ideas & clarify write
up pointers & collocations about the words for the stds
to copy down to keep as a record.
2b. Focus on more crime vocab
1. Handout task sheet:
Stds complete in pairs & mark the word
2. When they have completed the chart, they rank the crimes
in order of seriousness.
3. Feedback go through the answers; sorting out any
problems with meaning (e.g. false friends) & the pronunciation
drill the difficult items you want them to actively
Stage 3 Reading & Speaking
to give detailed reading practice
to give practice with dictionaries
to give practice with narrative tenses
to give oral fluency practice
25-30 minutes ss-ss, t-ss
1. Instructions going to have a short story about a
stupid crime need to read it & prepare to re-tell
it to other stds they can make it more interesting
by adding details to the story - dictionaries are available
2. Handout a text to each std (see below - choose to suit)
they read & consult the dictionary as necessary. Get around
& see if all are OK, helping out as necessary.
1. When all ready, I should focus them on the language of
narratives & ask them to consciously use the tenses if
possible. Give out the information chart ( see later) &
tell them the communicative purpose of the information exchange
having collated all the information they have to decide
on the dumbest criminal.
2. All stand up & begin talking to someone they are not
sitting next to. Tell all to change after every couple of
minutes. Take notes on language output good & problematic
3. When all have talked to everyone & have notes on each
of the crimes, the stds sit down & decide with their partner
which criminal to elect as the dumbest. You could then pair
up into fours to then decide together.
4. Feedback as a class discuss who they chose &
why. Give feedback on the language they used in the discussions
good uses to praise & problematic instances to
(You could follow up with an interview with
the dumbest criminal or others in the stories, write up newspaper
articles on one of the stories
Review the lesson
Short texts taken from: http://www.clumsycrooks.com/
Opps - Sorry!
An elderly woman spent a day shopping at the mall. Upon return
to her vehicle, she found four strange males sitting in her
car. Frightened, the woman dropped her shopping bags and drew
her handgun. She told the men that if they did not get out
of the car, she would shoot. The four men ran off quickly,
whereupon the lady got into the car. Her key however, would
not fit. The woman realized that her car was the identical
one parked a few spaces down. She went to the police department
and reported the story. The officer on duty laughed hysterically
and pointed to the other end of the counter where four pale
men had reported a car jacking by a mean old lady; no charges
A company called "Guns For Hire" stages gunfights
for Western movies, etc. One day, they received a call from
a 47-year old woman, who wanted to have her husband killed.
She got 4-1/2 years in jail.
Too Many Pennies
David Posman, 33, was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island,
after knocking out an armoured car driver and stealing four
bags of money. Each bag contained $800 dollars. However, the
bags weighed thirty pounds each since they all contained PENNIES.
The hefty bags slowed the fleeting Posman to a sluggish stagger.
Police easily ran down and arrested the suspect.
You Are Getting Sleepy - You Are Getting
When two men broke into his office in Milan, Italy, professional
hypnotist Filadelfio Munafo, 39, put them in a trance - or
so he thought until he told them to hand over their guns and
they shot him. He explained later, "I was sure I had
them in my power."
An English bank robber planned the perfect heist. Every detail
was perfectly orchestrated; the ideal robbery time, the type
of gun to use, a place to hide the loot, a getaway route and
car, and even a reliable accomplice. After robbing the bank,
the man left with the money in a bag over his left shoulder.
As he approached the spot of the getaway car, his accomplice
promptly ran him over.
When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home
parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained
for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled
up next to a motor home trying to steal gasoline and plugged
his hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The
owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that
it was the best laugh he'd ever had.
Need A Lift?
Police in Coram, New York, reported that a man flagged down
an unmarked police car and offered two detectives crack cocaine
to drive him home. According to police spokesperson Mark Ryan,
the detectives were just returning from a drug bust and were
wearing blue jackets identifying them as Suffolk County Police
in big white letters.
Two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running
a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck.
Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine though,
they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left
the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to
the machine and their bumper still attached to the chain.
Little did they know their vehicle's license plate was still
attached to the bumper.
Drive Through Robbery
One man thought a good way to rob a bank and not get caught
was through the drive through. Pulling up to the window, he
wrote the teller a note, demanding money. The man even went
as far as to holding up a knife. Laughing hysterically, the
woman called the police and the suspect was eventually apprehended.
A Jacksonville, Florida robber couldn't quite get it together
when it came to disguising himself. He stuck up a grocery
store, wearing a paper bag with cut-out eyeholes over his
head. But during the attempted stickup, the bag shifted and
the eyeholes were no longer over his eyes, so he couldn't
see a thing. To make matters worse, a few seconds later the
bag split open, completely revealing his face to the sales
clerk. She immediately recognized him as a regular customer
- and called the cops when he left.
Check This Out
A man convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600
in damages rather than serve a prison sentence. For payment,
he provided the court a check -- a forged check. He got 10
A Houston armed robber was finally caught after eight holdups
in three months. What broke the case? He kept on robbing the
same store, he never bothered wearing a mask... and he kept
holding up the same sales clerk.
Please, Please, Please
Frank Gort, a San Antonio burglar, was caught and convicted.
When it came time for sentencing, the judge gave him seven
years. Gort was very upset - and begged the judge not to sentence
him to seven years because seven was his unlucky number. The
understanding judge complied. He gave him eight years.
Two Michigan robbers charged into a Detroit music store waving
their guns. "Nobody move!" one of the robbers ordered.
The second robber then moved - and the first shot him in the
One Dumb Crook
A fellow robbed a supermarket of about $5000. The local newspaper
ran the story, but with the amount given as $7000. The thief
called the newspaper to complain about the inaccuracy and
to suggest that maybe the store manager ripped off the extra
$2000 and was unjustly blaming the thief. The people at the
newspaper kept him busy on the phone giving his version of
the story while the police traced the call to a phone booth
and arrived to arrest him while he was still talking to the
Thanks For The "Tip"
A man broke into a jewellery store in the middle of the night.
Once inside he broke the glass case to extract the jewellery
-- so excited and anxious to get his hands on the diamonds
in the case he did not notice, that when he broke the glass,
with his hand, he cut the tip end of one of his fingers off.
When police did arrive, they merely fished the top portion
of the finger out, printed it, and ran a match program. The
man was arrested within a few hours of his crime.
Somewhere In Belgium
A Belgium news agency reported in November that a man suspected
of robbing a jewellery store said he couldn't have done it
because he was busy breaking into a school at the same time.
Police then arrested him for breaking into the school.
Chart to be used in the information exchange
Name of the article
Type of crime
Notes about the story
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