#129 Halloween Stuff 2008

Published on October 24, 2008

English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere, E-textbook — Issue #129

In this issue you have a new poem, with audio, about a monster called Paul.  Also you’ll find some activities from past ETs in Russia issues included below.

=> Paul the Monster Crashes a Party (poem with audio)
=> Ghostly Unfinished Sentences (speaking and grammar activity)
=> Two Witches (poem with audio)

Paul the Monster Crashes a Party

crash a party = attend a party without an invitation

Poor Paul the Monster!
Depression at last had set in,
from living alone the woods
With not a soul there to threaten.

What good is a monster
if there’s no one to see
what a hard, cold-hearted
hideous ol’ brute he can be?

So Paul the Monster crashed a party.
It wasn’t easy to get in.
But, my what a shock he got–
from all those there that met him.

They reached out their claws
or paws or tentacles in slime,
and our poor Paul yelled
“You’re monsters too–just like I am.”

Next to them, he wasn’t so bad,
so there was no one to threaten.
Then some creature cried out, “Let’s party!”
and popped a cassette in.

It was scary, wild, repulsively
pulsing monster music!
But they all rather liked it,
and it was their right to choose it.

Each creature had its own unsightly
unseemly, yucky dancing style
which, to his amazement,
Paul got used to after a while.

What kind of monster was he?
What kind of monster was Paul?
His heart was warm and fuzzy
He wasn’t much a monster at all.

Ghostly Unfinished Sentences

Students, in pairs or groups, can finish the sentences below.  There’s really no wrong answer. Use your imagination.  (No need to explain the rules of gerunds and infinitives-if such rules exist, they probably won’t help students learn.  Instead, this activity gives them lots of practice and exposure to certain verbs that take gerunds, and certain verbs that take infinitives.  In fact, you don’t have to mention gerunds and infinitives at all).

Compare the sentences when finished. Maybe award prizes to the most creative or funniest.

Ghosts enjoy… walking through the halls at night.
Ghosts know how to… eat pizza in the dark.
Ghosts avoid… listening to Brittany Spears.

1. Ghosts enjoy…
2. Ghosts know how to…
3. Ghosts avoid…
4. Ghosts look forward to
5. Ghosts don’t mind…
6. Ghosts will often offer to…
7. Ghosts sometimes forget to…

Two Witches

What’s a C test? Well, starting from the second line of this poem, the second half of each word is missing. See if you can supply the correct letters to finish the words.


Such a frightening witch I’ve never seen
with h_ _ hair s_ black a_ _ her sk_ _ so gre_ _,
and h_ _ rear s_ fat a_ _ her ey_ _ like chlo_ _ _ _.
On h_ _ broom sh_ flies li_ _ a garg_ _ _ _ statue
You c_ _ run fr_ _ her, b_ _ she’ll alw_ _ _ catch y_ _.

But _ know _ beaut_ _ _ _ witch t_ _.
with redd _ _ _ hair a_ _ eyes o _ moonlight bl _ _.
If y_ _ are sa _ she h_ _ a spe _ _ for y_ _.
On h_ _ broom n_ other wit_ _ can mat_ _ her.
You ru _ after he_, but yo_ won’t cat_ _ her.

Answers to “Two Witches”
Such a scary witch I’ve never seen
with her hair so black and her skin so green,
and her rear so fat and her eyes like chorline.
On her broom she flies like a gargoyle statue
You can run from her, but she’ll always catch you.

But I know a beautiful witch too,
with reddish hair and eyes of moonlight blue.
If you are sad she has a spell for you.
On her broom no other witch can match her.
You run after her, but you won’t catch her.

Copyright 2008 Kevin McCaughey & I.M. Poosheesty.

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