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LEVEL: 3 Language function: Vocabulary area: Vocabulary focus

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SUITABLE FOR: ALL reading comprehension crime steal / rob / burgle / mug

A BUNGLED BURGLARY
BEFORE YOU READ
ACTIVITY 1

STUDENT WORKSHEET

Match the words with their definit ions.

1. a nickname 2. an accomplice 3. a parrot 4. authorities 5. a burglary

A. police B. a bird which can copy a human speech C. a person who helps someone to commit a crime D. entering a building and stealing things from it E. an informal name used instead of a real one

The title of this lesson is: A BUNGLED BURGLARY. If someone bungled something it means that they failed at something because they did it very badly or without skill.
WHILE READING
ACTIVITY 2

The article on the next page is a story about a bungled burglary. Put the story in the correct order.

english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004

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The men have been charged with aggravated 4 burglary and evading5 arrest. radios.and had started repeating it. televisions and other electronic items from a house in Memphis. C) Three thieves were undone2 when they returned to the scene of their alleged 3 crime .BURGLARS GET THE BIRD source: www. H) However." said police Major Billy Garrett said. 2004 A) "They were afraid the bird would stool on1 them. D) His cage broke open in the crash and he flew away.com. the six-year-old parrot at the centre of the drama. authorities said. "They actually believed he could identify them." B) However. Tennessee. the story has not ended happily for Marshmallow. E) Police gave chase and caught the men moments later when their car crashed. computers.to silence a parrot. one of the three realised that a parrot in the house had heard him using the nickname "JJ" for one of his accomplices . October 28. He has not been seen since. 1 ___ 2 ___ 3 ___ 4 ___ 5 ___ 6 ___ 7 ___ 8 ___ 1 2 (slang) to help the police to catch a criminal by giving them some information made to fail 3 not proven 4 with unnecessary violence 5 avoiding english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004 2 . G) The trio allegedly stole DVD players. F) They went back for the bird and were loading it into their car when police arrived.sky.

to rob a person. to steal something from somebody ROB . I’ve been ………………………………. office. ……………………………………………….. english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004 3 . 7. 6..to take something without the owner’s permission. 3.to steal money or things from a person or place.to attack sb violently in order to steal their money. house. 2. They are planning to …………………………….WORD FOCUS steal / rob / burgle / mug STEAL .g.g. etc. I would like to report a …………………………………………… car. to rob a place (e. especially in a public place to mug somebody ACTIVITY 3 Fill in with correct words: a person who steals is a person who robs is a person who burgles is a person who mugs is ACTIVITY 4 ………………………………………………. The house on the other side of the road was ……………………………… last week. 1. 4.to enter the building illegally and steal from it. of all his money. to burgle a place.. Write the STEAL / ROB / BURGLE / MUG in correct forms. a year. a bank). 5. in the park in broad dayline. ………………………………………………. She was ………………………………………………. e. Sometimes you can use more than one word... the bank.) MUG . Nearly 2 million pets are …………………………………………. to be robbed (about a person) BURGLE . to be burgled (about a place. ………………………………………………. He was ……………………………. .

an accomplice 3. a person who helps someone to commit a crime D. Put the story in the correct order. If someone bungled something it means that they failed at something because they did it very badly or without skill. an informal name used instead of a real one 1-E 2-C 3-B 4-A 3-D The title of this lesson is: A BUNGLED BURGLARY. ask the student to tell the story. entering a building and stealing things from it E. WHILE READING ACTIVITY 2 INDIVIDUALLY The article on the next page is a story about a bungled burglary. a nickname 2. english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004 1 . 1. authorities 5.LEVEL: 3 Language function: Vocabulary area: Vocabulary focus: SUITABLE FOR: ALL reading comprehension crime steal / rob / burgle / mug A BUNGLED BURGLARY BEFORE YOU READ ACTIVITY 1 PAIRS > WHOLE CLASS TEACHER WORKSHEET Match the words with their definitions. When the story is put in the correct order. police B. a bird which can copy a human speech C. a burglary A. a parrot 4.

F) They went back for the bird and were loading it into their car when police arrived. D) His cage broke open in the crash and he flew away. computers.com. the six-year-old parrot at the centre of the drama. He has not been seen since. H) However. the story has not ended happily for Marshmallow. 1C 2G 3B 4A 5F 6E 7H 8D 1 2 (slang) to help the police to catch a criminal by giving them some information made to fail 3 not proven 4 with unnecessary violence 5 avoiding english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004 2 . The men have been charged with aggravated 4 burglary and evading5 arrest. authorities said. C) Three thieves were undone2 when they returned to the scene of their alleged 3 crime ." B) However. one of the three realised that a parrot in the house had heard him using the nickname "JJ" for one of his accomplices .to silence a parrot.BURGLARS GET THE BIRD source: www." said police Major Billy Garrett said. 2004 A) "They were afraid the bird would stool on1 them. October 28. televisions and other electronic items from a house in Memphis. radios. E) Police gave chase and caught the men moments later when their car crashed. Tennessee. "They actually believed he could identify them. G) The trio allegedly stole DVD players.and had started repeating it.sky.

5. Nearly 2 million pets are stolen a year. The house on the other side of the road was burgled / robbed last week. to rob a place (e.WORD FOCUS steal / rob / burgle / mug STEAL . english-4U: NOVEMBER 2004 3 . 4. 7.g. He was robbed of all his money.to steal money or things from a person or place.to enter the building illegally and steal from it. to be burgled (about a place. e. 6.) MUG .to take something without the owner’s permission. They are planning to rob the bank. to be robbed (about a person) BURGLE .to attack sb violently in order to steal their money. office. a bank). etc. She was mugged / robbed in the park in broad dayline. I would like to report a stolen car. especially in a public place to mug somebody ACTIVITY 3 PAIRS > WHOLE CLASS Fill in with correct words: a person who steals is a person who robs is a person who burgles is a person who mugs is ACTIVITY 4 INDIVIDUALLY > WHOLE CLASS a thief a robber a burglar a mugger Write the STEAL / ROB / BURGLE / MUG in correct forms. 3. to burgle a place. to rob a person. I’ve been mugged / robbed / burgled. 2. house. 1. Sometimes you can use more than one word.g. to steal something from somebody ROB .