Crime vocabulary storytelling game

Crime vocabulary storytelling game Updated 16 January 2018

Teacher’s instructions

Cut up the cards below and give them out to groups of between two and four students. Students spread the cards out face up on the table and take turns choosing one of the cards to add to their story. The cards must be placed in the order they use them, but they can use the Past Perfect to add them to earlier in the story if they like. The aim is to use as many cards as they can while making a real story with a proper beginning, middle and end.

 

 

accomplice

 

 

alibi

 

 

(burglar/ car/ personal/ rape) alarm

 

 

arms/ armed/ (deadly/ illegal) weapon

 

 

(false/ under) arrest

 

 

(out on/ detention without) bail

 

 

break (into/ out of)

 

(CCTV/ security) camera

 

 

 

catch (red handed/ on film)

 

 

(police/ prison) cell

 

 

 

(car) chase

 

 

confess/ confession

 

 

convict/ (previous) conviction

 

 

(high/ supreme) court (case)

 

 

defence

 

 

destroy

 

 

(private/ plain clothes) detective

 

 

(DNA) evidence/ clue

 

 

fake/ forgery

 

 

getaway/ run away/ escape

 

 

 

(not) guilty – innocent

 

 

(shot/ hand/ replica) gun

 

 

 

handcuffs

 

 

hide (out)/ bury

 

 

inform/ informer

 

 

 

judge

 

 

jury

 

 

 

 

lawyer/ attorney/ barrister

 

 

 

lie

 

loot

 

 

mask/ disguise

 

 

 

motive

 

 

plan

 

 

plea/ plead

 

 

 

police officer

 

 

(foot/ finger)print

 

 

(open/ top security) prison (= jail/ gaol)

 

 

prosecute/ prosecutor/ prosecution

 

 

(capital/ corporal) punishment

 

 

release

 

 

 

(prison/ suspended/ 5-year/ death) sentence

 

 

(blood) stains

 

 

suspect

 

 

 

(death) threat

 

 

tip (off)

 

 

(mis-)trial

 

 

 

will/ last will and testament

 

 

(eye) witness

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary brainstorming

Without looking at the words from the previous game again yet, put any suitable vocabulary you can think of into these categories:

 

Evidence/ Clues

 

 

 

 

Things criminals use

 

 

 

 

Things policemen use

 

 

 

 

Things criminals do

 

 

 

 

Things policemen do

 

 

 

 

Other people related to crime

 

 

 

 

Places related to crime

 

 

 

 

Punishments

 

 

 

 

Look at the cards from the previous game again to help you. Then check your answers against the answer key on the next page. Did you think of anything that is not on that list?
Crime vocabulary word formation

abuse

arson

banish

blood

bribe

burglar

compensate

crime

decapitate

detect

discriminate

enforce

evade

evidence

exploit

forge

fraud

guilt

harass

incarcerate

inform

infringe

innocent

investigate

legal

mug

pirate

plea

prison

prosecute

prostitute

restore

rob

shoplift

slander

slave

smuggle

squat

stalk

terror

threat

trespass

trial

vagrant

vandal


Suggested answers

abuse – abuser/ abusive

arson – arsonist

banish – banishment

blood – bloody

bribe – bribery

burglar – burglary/ burglarise

compensate – compensation/ compensatory

crime – criminal/ criminalise/ decriminalise

decapitate – decapitation

detect – detector/ detective

discriminate – discriminatory/ discrimination

enforce – enforcement

evade – evasive/ evasion

evidence – evident

exploit – exploitation/ exploitative

forge – forgery/ forger

fraud – fraudster/ defraud/ fraudulent

guilt – guilty/ guiltiness

harass – harassment/ harasser

incarcerate – incarceration

inform – informer/ informant

infringe – infringement

innocent – innocence

investigate – investigator/ investigation

legal – legality/ illegal/ illegality/ legalise

mug – mugging/ mugger

pirate – piracy

plea – plead

possess – possession/ possessor

prison – imprison/ prisoner

prosecute – prosecution/ prosecutor

prostitute – prostitution

restore – restorative/ restoration

rob – robber/ robbery

shoplift – shoplifting/ shoplifter

slander – slanderer

slave – slavery/ enslave/ enslave

smuggle – smuggling/ smuggler

squat – squatting/ squatter

stalk – stalking/ stalker

terror – terrorist/ terrorism/ terrorise

threat – threaten/ threatening

trespass – trespassing/ trespasser

trial – mistrial/ pre-trial

vagrant – vagrancy

vandal – vandalise/ vandalism


Crime collocations

 

Without looking above, put at least two words before or after the words below to make crime collocations.

 

alarm

 

weapon

 

arrest

 

break

 

camera

 

cell

 

court

 

detective

 

gun

 

print

 

prison

 

punishment

 

sentence

 


Mixed answers

 

Used the words below to help with the task above

 

5-year

burgular

capital

car

CCTV
security

corporal

deadly

death

false

finger

foot

hand

high

illegal

into

open

out of

personal

plain clothes

police

prison

prison

private

rape

replica

shot-

supreme

suspensed

top security

under

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PDF version for easy saving and printing: Crime vocabulary storytelling game Updated 16 January 2018

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