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
scare – v. to cause (someone) to become afraid
cemetery – n. a place where dead people are buried : graveyard
intense – adj. of a person : very serious
platform – n. a flat area next to railroad tracks where people wait for a train or subway
headstone – n. a stone that marks the place where a dead person is buried and that usually has the person’s name and birth and death dates on it
weird – adj. unusual or strange
ghost – n. the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people
worm – n. a long, thin animal that has a soft body with no legs or bones and that often lives in the ground
choke – v. to become unable to breathe usually because something gets stuck in your throat or because the air is not good for breathing
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/the-boy-on-graves-end-road-caty-weaver/2501093/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.