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CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice

CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
CRIME (ESL): Speaking, Reading and Writing Practice
Product Description
Mini ESL unit about types of crimes and criminals. Students will engage in a number of vocabulary related activities as well as in reading short passages. They will learn 18 different types of crimes and criminals through words and definitions matching and a challenging crossword. They will also speak and write about crime.




GENERAL: Students will learn plenty of new vocabulary words through engaging and challenging activities. They will work individually, in pairs or in small groups to include variety in lesson dynamics.

SPECIFIC: This mini unit is based on the theme of crime. The unit is attentively created to guide the students in their learning process.

The initial stage is based on two speaking activities: a conversation and a brainstorming activity to get your students to talk and to assess their knowledge of the topic. These activities are then extended to a whole class discussion and even into a writing task.

The second stage sees students learning 18 types of crimes by matching words with definitions. They will also learn how to call the different kinds of criminals who commit the 18 crimes mentioned through an engaging crossword. Both matching and crossword can be done either in pairs or small groups.

The third stage requires students to engage in reading short stories and guessing the type of crime. This activity is important not only to practice their reading skills but also because it serves as a sample for the writing activity which will follow.

The final step will get your students creating a short crime story. There is a guideline on the structure of the story that your students can follow. The students should not make the crime evident because once they are done they will read their stories and the rest of the class will guess the crime.

These activities can cover a week or even more of teaching depending on the pace and the choices you make (suggestions are provided in the instructions).

Key words: arson, shoplifting, burglary, homicide, blackmail, fraud, robbery, assault, pickpocket, bribery, smuggling, forgery, kidnapping, mugging, hooliganism, vandalism, hijacking, trespassing.



All my products are best suitable for ESL middle and high school students. The speed of teaching depends on the level of English of your students and how you choose to pace your lessons. All the materials are ready to be used with no need for any modification.

Each pack contains nicely decorated lessons, black and white versions and detailed keys. It also includes teaching suggestions on page 3. Those suggestions are based on my own lessons and how to make the best out of the different activities.


1. Cover page
2. Terms of Use
3. Table of contents
4-5. Instructions for the teacher
6. Conversation in pairs. 8 questions
7. Brainstorming. Whole class discussion
8. Writing task 1.
9. Crime vocabulary words: Meaning checking
10. Match crimes with definitions
11. Crossword: Types of criminals
12-13. Short stories reading: Identify the crime
14. Guided writing: Instructions for the teacher and students
15. Writing practice
16-24. Black&White version of all the worksheets
25. Detailed answers
26. Credits




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Total Pages
10 colorful + (1 cover, 1 TOU, 1 index, 2 instructions, 10 black&white version, 1 keys, 1 credits)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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