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
poetic justice – n. a result or occurrence that seems proper because someone who has done bad things to other people is being harmed or punished
innocence – adj. the state of being not guilty of a crime or other wrong act
mourn – v. to feel or show great sadness because someone has died
ancestor – n. a person who was in someone’s family in past times; one of the people from whom a person is descended
tense – adj. nervous and not able to relate
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/frank-stockton-the-lady-or-the-tiger/2527889/p1.html?isEmbedded=True
- Write a summary of the short story you just read and listened to in the comments section below. Click here to read an article that teaches you how to summarize a story. Remember to let us know who the characters of the story are, what they do, and what the story is about.