Hello students. I’m proud of you for completing years 1 and 2 of our American English course.  In order for you to become a strong intermediate American English learner, you need to be able to read, understand, and discuss abridged American English short stories.  In this lesson, throughout Year 3 of your studies, you will read, listen to, and write about popular American English short stories. Please follow the directions below closely.

  • Study the American English vocabulary below.

Words in This Story

broomstick – n. the handle of a broom

pesky – adj. making someone annoyed or irritated

pumpkin – n. a large, round, orange vegetable used as food and sometimes as a decoration — often used before another noun

scarecrow – n. an object that looks like a person and that is placed in a field to scare birds away from crops

puff – v. to breathe smoke from a cigarette, pipe, etc., in and out of the lungs

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/feathertop-by-nathaniel-hawthorne-/2880107/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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