This crime lesson plan gives your C1 students plenty of opportunities to learn new crime-related vocabulary and to discuss a difficult topic of hiring ex-offenders. We divided this lesson plan into 3 sections: vocabulary and reading, video comprehension, discussion. Below you will find some notes on each of the section.


The worksheet starts with four tasks dealing with vocabulary. First, students need to match words from two boxes to create some nouns and common phrases, for example juvenile delinquent, major crime, harsh punishment, repeat offender, criminal record, etc. In the next task, they get a few sentences where they need to fill in the gaps with the phrases from the previous exercise.

The second part of this section includes a short reading about a person who committed some crimes. The text is full of verbs connected with committing crimes and students have to match them with their meanings. Then, they need to fill in the same text with correct prepositions which go with the verbs they discussed in the previous exercise. This way we want to introduce new language in a context and emphasize the verb + preposition combinations.


This part of the crime lesson plan starts with a short lead-in with some questions for students to discuss. Next, students move to the first activity connected with the video. They need to do a quiz and guess which number is correct in each point. The sentences mainly concern some statistics about unemployment among ex-offenders in the USA. Then, students watch the first part of the video and find out whether they have chosen correct answers. The next exercise around the video is a listening comprehension task in which students need to answer some questions while watching the video again.

Finally, students move to a discussion and ask questions connected with what they’ve watched, i.e. the idea of hiring ex-offenders and their future after being released from prison.


We’ve also prepared an extra worksheet for this crime lesson plan with two goals in mind: extend crime vocabulary and practise writing. Your students will first need to identify various types of crimes from fake news headlines and connect them to their definitions. Then, their next task is turning one of these fake news headlines into a short news post! There’s a small twist here as they need to include at least 4 words from a predefined list, so they need to be a bit creative to fit them in and still write something coherent. 



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  1. Great lesson. Thanks a lot! Never thought of talking about this with students, but it’s really important on today’s society!

    1. Hi! Look for the heading Worksheets to Download and two buttons above the video. That’s where you’ll find both Teacher’s and Student’s worksheets

  2. Hey guys!
    As I already mentioned to Justa, I created a very short activity with idioms related to crime. Just let me know if you want to have it 🙂

  3. I have a particular student whom I think will really enjoy this topic. I will use this on my next lesson with her.


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