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The Terror of Blue John Gap

This advanced-level story, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is set in the Peak District, England, in 1902. It tells of how a man uncovers the truth behind the legend of a mysterious monster. It is told in six parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Ceri Jones, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.

The Terror of Blue John Gap lesson plans

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 1

    Author: Ceri Jones

    Part 1 of this horror story introduces us to the narrator and we first hear of the legend of Blue John Gap. In this lesson, the students will: briefly discuss the topic of legendary monsters; listen to a short extract to familiarize themselves with the narrator’s voice and pace; discuss the events of the story and act out a short conversation; listen in detail to a short passage and discuss the importance of sounds in creating atmosphere.

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 2

    Author: Ceri Jones Staff Room

    Part 2 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle deciding to explore the caves at Blue John Gap. In this lesson, the students will: remember and retell the first part of the story; listen to the second part of the story and predict what might happen next; listen in detail to a short extract and look at the effect of repetition and stress on the narrative; discuss the main character’s mistakes and write a short advice sheet for hikers planning to enter the caves.

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 3

    Author: Ceri Jones Staff Room

    Part 3 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle trapped in the dark in an underground cave. In this lesson, the students will: complete a brief comprehension task on the previous chapter; read contrasting summaries of the chapter and determine which one is the most likely outcome; listen in detail to a short extract and mark the correct punctuation marks into an unmarked transcript; discuss Hardcastle’s options and write short letters explaining and responding to what happened ...

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 4

    Author: Ceri Jones Staff Room

    Part 4 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle desperate to tell someone he trusts about his encounter with the monster. In this lesson, the students will: retell the story so far and predict what will happen next; listen to the fourth part of the story and answer comprehension questions; listen in detail to a short extract and explore the relationship between punctuation and intonation; role-play the conversation between Hardcastle and the policeman and write a short news story.

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 5

    Author: Ceri Jones Staff Room

    Part 5 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle’s mission to confront the monster himself, after the police dismissed his story. In this lesson, the students will: remember and retell the story so far; listen to the fifth part of the story and recount the main events; listen in detail to a short extract and explore the relationship between stress and dramatic effect; role-play a conversation between one of the rescuers and a local policeman.

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 6

    Author: Ceri Jones Staff Room

    Part 6 of this horror story concludes with Hardcastle finding himself face-to-face with the monster in the cave. In this final lesson, the students will: remember and retell the story so far; listen to the sixth part of the story and recount the main events; listen in detail to a short extract and explore the relationship between stress and dramatic effect; recall and review the whole story and discuss the main themes.

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