Activities on the story the red- headed league

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The Red- Headed League

Level : pre- intermediate
Number of students: 26
Course: 6th form PE
Type of school: bilingual
Timing: one hour a week (Literature)
eight hours a week(Language)
Before reading activity
Aims:
• ………………..
• ………………….

Ask students what ideas come to mind when thinking of the word LEAGUE (brainstorming of ideas). Possible answers may be: footballcompetitions in Italy, England, Spain and Argentina, a group of people with the same interests and ideas in common, a TV programme, etc)

LEAGUE

Then, invite students to deduce what the commoncharacteristic of the League is (The members have all red hair) and what kind of league they think it is (a hairdresser’s, an actors’ agency, a club for social meetings, etc)

While reading activity

Aims:• …………………….
• …………………..

It will be enriching for both the teacher and the students to stop at key facts in the play to make students predict what will happen next. The relevant stops are asfollows:

Page 2, Scene 1: What “easy work” do you think is offered by the Red- Headed League? Has Spaulding convinced Wilson to go to Mr Ross office?
Page 10, Scene 4: Why does Holmes hit the groundoutside the shop with his walking stick? Why are Spaulding’s legs of his trousers dirty?

After reading activities

Aims:
• ……………………….
• ………………………

Vincent Spaulding- or John Clay- is talkingto Duncan Ross on the phone on Sunday afternoon. They are arranging the ultimate details of Mr Wilson’s visit to Mr Ross’s office and the subsequent robbery to the ‘First Bank’ Complete theconversation using words or phrases from the story.

Vincent: Hello, Duncan. How are things with Mr Jabez Wilson the ……………………..?
Duncan: Hi, Vincent. Everything’s fine. Let’s review the plan.
Vincent: OnceI’ve told Mr Wilson about the ……………………… in the
…………………………. ………………………….. newspaper, we’ll go along to
……………………. ……………………………… and you’ll ask him to start work tomorrow
from ……………………...
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