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
apartment – n. a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live
pneumonia – n. a serious disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe
carriage – n. a large vehicle with four wheels that is pulled by a horse and that carries people
drawing – n. a picture, image, etc., that is made by making lines on a surface with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, but usually not with paint
leaf – n. one of the flat and typically green parts of a plant that grow from a stem or twig
ladder – n. a device used for climbing that has two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with a series of steps or rungs between them
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3117373/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.