This advanced-level story, by Edgar Allan Poe, was first published in 1843. In it, a cold-blooded killer explains how he prepared what he believes is the perfect murder of the old man he lived with. The story is told in two 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.
Part 2 of this crime story concludes with the police paying a visit to the cold-blooded killer. Can he stay calm long enough to avoid suspicion? In this lesson, the students will: listen to various predictions about the story’s ending; listen for gist to check the predictions; listen for detail; explore stress timing; discuss aspects of the story in detail; debate the storyteller’s state of mind.
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