Crime Report: Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside

Our language teacher, Pilar, assigned us this work.

After having studied passive forms let´s  write a crime report using at least three passive constructions.  Base your report on the following headlines. Choose one headline to write the report. Include the vocabulary learnt in connection with crimes.

2 boys, 13, charged with groping girl in school bathroom

Federal judge sets November trial for man charged in Charleston church attack

Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside

I chose to use the headline: “Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside”

My Report:


Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside.

A house in New Jersey, was set in fire at about 5 pm. When the firefighters reached, they found a woman crying out for help as her 2 children were still inside.

The firefighters declared that they had trouble to get in the kids room, as the door of their room was locked. When the forensic scientist went to investigate, they found some candle wax on the carpet of the mother’s room. The woman’s alibi was that she had lit them on as aromatizers and that she hadn’t had any problems in the past,  but the police said that there were candles all over her room, and it isn’t a coincidence that the door was locked and that there were over 30 candles.

The prosecutor acuses the mother of the family of being an arsonist. He claims that the alibi she presented is weak as everyone knows that having many candles lit on, on a carpet floor is dangerous. The jury seems to be on the side of the prosecutor and it is believed that he will win the case.

It is said by the neighbours that this could be a case arsonist as the family used to have many problems. However the trial is still going on and nothing is set yet.

Dumb Martian

Our Language teacher, Pilar, gave us some questions on the story “Dumb Martian” to answer.

1- What seems to be the attitude in the society about buying female martians?

In the story this type of trading was illegal. However people managed to do it secretly, by telling lies. For example; Duncan told Lellie’s family that he was going to pay Lellie to work for him for five years, although his real intentions were to rent her.
2- At the beginning of the story, where is Weaver going? For how long? What will his duties be?

Weaver is going to Jupiter IV/II, to control the station. He will be staying for a period of five years. His duties assigned will be meeting the spaceships, controlling rocket flights and managing the communication equipment.
3- Describe Lellie’s appearance. Draw a sketch of what you think she looks like.

Lellie is said to be no more than one and a half meters tall, her eyes were round and big giving a sensation that she was always surprised.


4)How are we given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan? Use quotes.

We are given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan as he treats her as one. When Lellie tried to say something Duncan didn’t allow her, when she wanted to learn about women, Duncan didn’t let her. Lellie wasn’t allowed to anything that Duncan didn’t want her to do. “One day he showed her pictures of an Earth-woman, and told her to model her hair on the picture”.
5- Comment on the fact that Duncan lost to Lellie at chess (a game he had taught her).

The fact that Lellie defeated Duncan in chess made him angry. Because Duncan said that martians were dumb, therefore the fact that she won, made Duncan realize that he was underestimating Lellie, which annoyed him.
6- Where in the story is Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie at it’s worse?

Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie’s is at it’s worse when Duncan tries to teach Lellie how to speak English as she should, pronouncing the words properly. But Lellie couldn’t say “yes”, which made him very angry. He hit her and shouted at her because she was “dumb”.
7- Weaver describes Alan as: “snoozy, ritzy and nazzy”. What type of language is it and what does it tell us about the differences between the 2 men?

These words are very childish and disrespectful. What we can realize is that Alan was sophisticated and polite. Whereas Alan was foolish and rude.
8- Why does Lellie’s question about female emancipation makes Weaver feel so angry?

Weaver was angry about Lellie asking about women emancipation because to his eyes, Lellie was him’s as he had “bought” her.  Also he wanted her to stay dumb because he felt smarter.
9- “She was a dumb mart”. Do you agree with this phrase? Explain.

I don’t agree with this phrase. Because even though Lellie seems to be dumb, she wasn’t. She was capable of doing a lot of things, like reading. Perhaps, she didn’t use her brain because she didn’t have to.
10- What messages of relevance does this story have? (technology, society, personal qualities). Connect the message to our present time.

The main theme of this story is  to don’t judge appearances, becuase everyone is different to one another. Steryotypes are bad and we should know more about someone to say that they are dumb.