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The Shadow and the Flash

This advanced-level story, by Jack London, was first published in 1903. In it, two competitive scientists take different routes to achieving invisibility, with tragic results. The story is told in five parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Daniel Barber, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.

The Shadow and the Flash lesson plans

  • The Shadow and the Flash: Part 1

    Author: Daniel Barber

    In Part 1 of this science fiction story, we are told of the fierce rivalry between Lloyd and Paul that continues through their childhood and time at university.In this lesson, the students will: explore the theme of rivalry; identify contrastive stress; practise making contrastive stress; predict how the rivals will be competitive; listen for gist; predict the rest of the story.

  • The Shadow and the Flash: Part 2

    Author: Daniel Barber Staff Room

    In Part 2 of this science fiction story, we learn about the two men’s different theories of invisibility as they continue to be locked in a fierce battle for success. In this lesson, the students will: talk about invisible characters in fiction; listen for gist; discuss the anachronistic racist labelling of peoples; practise listening for stress and using it naturally; discuss ways of using invisibility for different purposes.

  • The Shadow and the Flash: Part 3

    Author: Daniel Barber Staff Room

    In Part 3 of this science fiction story, the men explain the science behind their diverging approaches and reveal that they are already some way to achieving the impossible. In this lesson, the students will: recap the story so far; do a science quiz about the properties of light; listen to a scientific explanation; study and practise intonation in lists; listen for detail; read about real-life invisibility and share information.

  • The Shadow and the Flash: Part 4

    Author: Daniel Barber Staff Room

    In Part 4 of this science fiction story, we are told how the two scientists finally succeed in creating invisibility. In this lesson, the students will: recall the story so far; discuss the possible effects of invisibility; listen for gist; improve their awareness of the relationship between punctuation and pronunciation; role-play an interview with the main characters in the story.

  • The Shadow and the Flash: Part 5

    Author: Daniel Barber Staff Room

    In Part 5, the concluding part of this science fiction story, Paul and Lloyd finally confront each other. In this lesson, the students will: look back over the story so far; practise listening for gist; listen for detail; discuss the tragic end of the story; study the effect of long vowels on atmosphere; decide on the opening and closing scenes of a film adaptation.

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