In groups (3 -4 students) read the following stories and choose the best one according to
your likes or dislikes. Then, tell the rest of the class which one you chose and why.
I come from Canberra, the capital of Australia. Just out of Canberra, on the way to Sydney,
there's a huge lake, called "Lake George." These days, as Canberra and it's surrounding
area is faced with one of it's worst *droughts in years, you would never guess that not that
long ago, it was filled with water, at times *overflowing onto the road. Many people spent
fun summers fishing and swimming there, but not everyone had such happy times. Many
people lost their lives there, and there are stories about ghostly sightings around Canberra.
One of the best-known is that if you drive past Lake George at night by yourself and look
in the *rear-vision mirror, you'll see someone sitting in the backseat of your car. There
have also been reports of ghost *trucks and cars that drive along the *highway late at night
when few cars are travelling.
*drought - sequía
*overflow - inundar
*rear-vision mirror – espejo retrovisor
*truck (Am) - camión (lorry, Br)
*highway (Am) – autopista (motorway, Br)
In America there was a mass murder. Policemen went to investigate. Trying not to *tread
on the bodies, they took pictures of each one. One policemen saw something on the
opposite wall but he couldn't read it. He walks over to it and sees the numbers "7734" in
calculator form, written in blood. When taking pictures of this, he turned his camera
upside-down and told an approaching police officer. When he pointed with the hand that
the camera was in, he accidentally took a picture of the upside-down numbers. He was
about to delete the picture when he realized something. The numbers were now a word.
The word was "*hELL."
*tread – pisar, aplastar
*hELL - infierno
There is an urban legend in my town of Kokomo, Indiana. We have many urban legends
in fact, but there's one in particular. The story is set on Old Sycamore Road, which an old
road in the farmland, an open field area of my town. There's a small bridge off of Old
Sycamore Road that takes you onto another road, that *leads to the next town. The story
goes, a man, or a boy fell off the bridge, and died hitting his head on the rocks *underneath.
And if you were to drive on Old Sycamore Road at night, and cross that bridge, then the
"ghost" of the man, or boy appear next to your car once you pass the exact *spot they had
fallen from, until you exit the bridge. My friends and I have tested this urban legend many
times and we have yet to see anything. We don't even know if anyone really died there,
but true or false, it's an *eerie story and visual.
*lead – conducir, dirigir
*underneath – debajo, por la parte inferior
*spot – lugar, sitio
*eerie /ˈɪәrɪ/ – inquietante, escalofriante, espeluznante
There was a couple in Scotland who had just moved into an old castle. It wasn't long before
they decided to empty out the *wine cellar. They found a large *barrel of brandy. They
tried moving it and even got a few friends to help, but they couldn't *budge it. In the end,
they decided to have a *housewarming party and give glasses of brandy out to empty the
barrel and make it easier to move. A few days after the party, they went into the cellar and
tried to move the barrel again. It still wouldn't move. The husband got his *saw in order
to cut it into smaller pieces and they cut off the top of the barrel. Inside was a dead body
and they had drank the brandy that had preserved it.
*wine cellar – cava, bodega
*barrel – barril, tonel
*budge /bʌdʒ/ – mover, desplazar
*housewarming (party) – fiesta de estreno de una casa
*saw – sierra
SPEAKING: Have you got any plans for Hallowe’en? Tell your classmates.
REMEMBER! We use “be going to” to talk about plans and intentions.
RECOMMEDANTION: What about reading Tim Burton’s The Nightmare
before Christmas? In this link you can read the book online:
Stories are from: http://www.halloween-website.com/scary_stories.htm