Crime, Law and Punishment Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games 

Crime and Punishment Vocabulary

ESL Crime and Punishment Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

This crime and punishment vocabulary worksheet helps students to learn and practice words related to crime and criminal trials. This worksheet can be used in conjunction with the mock criminal trial role-play. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a passage about a crime and underlining all the crime and punishment vocabulary. The students then use the context clues from the text to match words to their definitions. Next, students use a dictionary to write definitions of the noun forms 'convict' and 'suspect'. Students also write an example sentence for each one. After that, students read sentences and complete gaps with the crime and punishment vocabulary. As an extension, students may do the mock criminal trial role-play.
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Interactive Version - Here is a crime and punishment vocabulary interactive worksheet to help teach students words related to criminal trials and crimes.


Mock Criminal Trial Role-Play

ESL Criminal Trial Role-Play - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 40 minutes

In this free criminal trial role-play activity, students take part in a mock criminal trial in order to practice vocabulary related to crime, law and punishment. Give each student a copy of the role-play worksheet. Explain that the students are going to plan and conduct a mock criminal trial to determine if a suspect is innocent or guilty of stealing vegetables from a neighbour's garden. Have the students choose which role they would like to play in the trial. Once the roles have been assigned, go through the guidelines with the class, so everyone understands the reason for the trial, the roles they will play, and the basic facts. Next, read through the procedure as a class and have the students prepare for the role-play. When everyone is ready, start the trial.
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60 Second Jail Talk

ESL Crime Vocabulary Game - Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this crime vocabulary activity, students play a game where they talk about crime-related words for one minute. The activity covers types of crime, criminals and punishments. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students begin by adding five crime-related words of their own to their grid on the worksheet. Students then take turns calling out coordinates for their partner's grid at the bottom of the worksheet, e.g. A5. The opposing student tells them the corresponding crime-related word for that square and starts timing one minute. The other student then talks about the word for one minute, without stopping. If the student successfully talks about the word for one minute, they write the word in their partner's grid on the worksheet, and the other student crosses the word off their grid. If the student is unsuccessful, they can choose the same word again or choose another grid reference on their next turn. The students then swap roles and continue the game. The first student to get five words in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game.
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