|March 2001 - issue 3/01
DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM Newsletter
Welcome to the Newsletter
This month were looking at crime
in the theme. Its a topic that comes up in most coursebooks
as everyone has an opinion about it & usually a morbid
interest in it. Theres a lot of material out there on
the net & weve brought together some useful sites
& a series of classroom activities.
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2.LESSON PLAN & NEW THINGS
ON THE SITE
6.WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
1. THEME Crime
- different crimes vocab: arson, burglary,
theft, fraud, murder (false friends for Spanish learners
crime is a false friend & means murder),
manslaughter, mugging, terrorism, vandalism
see the lesson
plan for a chart for stds to fill in the crime, the
criminal, the verb.
- different punishment vocab: fine, community
service, prison sentence, warning, death penalty
-different stages of the criminal procedure:
committed a crime, got caught, got arrested, charged for the
crime, held in custody, released on bail, be on trial, sentenced
- let off/acquitted, imprisoned, appeal, released
could order the process & compare with their own country.
- other related vocab: fingerprints, plain-clothes
policeman, cell, evidence, detained, handcuff, witness, judge,
magistrate, verdict, coroner, inquest, trial
- fitting punishments - match
the crimes to the punishments e.g. what punishment would you
a wealthy housewife caught shoplifting for
the first time/a terrorist who planted a bomb that killed
two people/a man who killed his wife in an act of anger after
finding out that she had been unfaithful
- Discussions That Work the activity
Prisoners - some profiles of prisoners & the
discussion centres around who is most suitable for parole.
- discussion points: judicial system too
soft/hard in your country, any reforms like to see made, what
do to reduce the crime rate, how to effectively deter criminals,
check out http://www.theburglar.com where you can reclaim
your stolen property, probably from the actual thief, for
a reward use this idea as a discussion point
This is a very comprehensive site to search
for crime materials. Anything to do with crime &, at times,
unfortunately easy to find.
A very useful imaginary crime case
site. There are lots of solved cases with all of the evidence
& story laid out to use. Theres a new case each
week to work on.
This is taking homework to another
level. Were always looking for authentic activities
& you cant get more authentic that having an inmate
as a pen pal, & maybe even one on death row.
The site from the boys in blue. Lots
of information about present & past campaigns. Theres
a Wanted section with accompanying photos & theres
some good jigsaw reading material in the Prevention section.
Get them to exchange useful information & practise language
at the same time.
A site devoted to legislation with limited appeal. Set in
the States but with links to the laws of the country you happen
to be in http://www.dumblaws.com/countries/
These are some of the useless laws
given for England. You could ask your students to discuss
why they might have been made laws.
All English males over the age 14 are to
carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised
by the local clergy.
London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must
carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.
Chelsea Pensioner may not be impersonated.
A bed may not be hung out of a window.
It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates
on a public conveyance.
Mince pies are not to be eaten on Christmas
It is illegal to leave baggage unattended.
(theres a link explaining this one)
Picking up abandoned baggage is an act of
terrorism. (theres a link explaining this one)
It is illegal for a Member of Parliament
to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour.
If a steam locomotive is driven on roads,
a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during
the day and a red lantern at night to warn passers-by.
All steam locomotives are limited to 4mph
It is legal for a male to urinate in public,
as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his
right hand is on the vehicle.
Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen
(or King) upside down is considered treason.
As they say The intention of
this site is to bring a clear understanding of the history
of organized crime, mainly during the early part of the 20th
.(&) to showing how these individuals
with their political ties, union connections and power through
various criminal activities helped shape our culture in its
Search the Web for legal information
anywhere in the world.
One site among many devoted to those
From the University of Alaska in Anchorage,
they say The purpose of this site is to provide Alaska
citizens and other members of the public with a source of
information on the death penalty so that they can make informed
decisions on this important issue.
If the death penalty is going to be the focus
of a lesson then go no further. There are many links with
all points of view. Ideal for setting up a for & against
After all this talk of crime we thought
it might be nice to find out where people are happiest &
what they actually mean by that. They say The World
Database of Happiness is an ongoing register of scientific
research on subjective appreciation of life. It brings together
findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides
a basis for meta-analytical studies.
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2. LESSON PLAN & NEW THINGS ON THE SITE
Theres an intermediate reading
lesson related to the theme crime.
There are a couple of other new things on
lesson plan from Simon Ferdinand
in which he experiments with cuisenaire rods.
article & lesson
plan from Darron Board about Information & Communication
A friend sent this riddle recently
you could use it as a warmer. The students could ask you Yes/No
questions to help them to the answer. But do you know the
- greater than God?
- more evil than the devil?
And what do;
- the poor have?
- the rich need?
And when you eat it you die?
The answer is at the end of
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If one small area, (2,640 sq
km/ 1,019 sq mi, with a population of 541,000,) can be this
bizarre just imagine what the rest of the country, and indeed,
the whole of the rest of the world is like. Perhaps the point
is that the unusual isn't unusual at all, or is Gloucestershire
just a particularly weird place?
A great site for interesting & bizarre
classroom articles taken from the local newspapers. If its
time to zap up your lessons get over to strange Gloucestershire.
Some headlines from the Classics section:
Fat Sam takes a slimline step
Unproven RAF Padre spanker returns to work
Barking PC collars his man
Big cat alert for parents as
dog is attacked
Kings head buried with pets
The uninvited ghost
Swooping seagull is back this time
with a mate
Record breaking hamster dad
UFOs over Gloucestershire
From the History Channel (http://www.historychannel.com
) here is a page to have bookmarked - This Day in History.
You get a major story from the past. When I was last there
they also had links to This Day in Automobile, Technology,
Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, Old West, Technology,
Vietnam War, Wall Street, Literary, WWII History. Check it
out before you begin planning & then see if you can draw
any interesting things into the lessons.
Im sure that this free downloadable
programme is the first organiser of many to come. It helps
the learner organise their studies, both on & offline,
doesnt take long to download & its very easy
to use. Its basically divided up into sections: Studybook,
Vocabulary, Notebook, Texts, Cool sites & Web Tools. In
the Vocab section you add new words & as you go on you
can test yourself on them. The Cool Sites offers lots of links
to English language learning sites & the Web Tools offers
links to dictionaries. Try it yourself & then pass the
link on to your students. Theres a Spanish learners
Fun & games for playful brains.
This is a site for you to while away those rainy days - &
might be good practice for your advanced students. There are
countless word games, quizzes, limericks etc. with a heavy
emphasis on crosswords. When you need a breather, try out
the Impressionist paint programme or interactive paper dolls.
A very busy site in itself, there are also lots of links to
related sites if youre still in need of more.
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6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
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Im sure most of us use at
least one Microsoft product, if not three or four, on our
computers. So to help you save lots of time Microsoft have
put all of the keyboard shortcuts in one place Word,
Windows, Internet Explorer, Excel, Access etc
to the page & choose the programme & then youre
They start off saying, on the front
page, that theyre not as good as Goggle. But what Goggle
cant do & they can is give you a thumbnail of the
sites it finds. This then gets you surfing quickly until you
get what youre after. Not the greatest search engine
by any means but a taste of things to come.
Priceless is the operative word
all of the quality freeware that it features are just that
- free. Lots for the Windows user programmes for business,
graphics, internet, multimedia, system, text, security
you tried Suns Star Office an excellent free
alternative to Office? Or in need of an anti-virus programme?
This is quite a nifty page from McAfee
a world computer virus map. They provide a map of the
world, colour-coded to show the latest spread of viruses or
infected computers over the last week or 24 hours. Pretty.
The answer to the
riddle is 'nothing'!