Activity «An Eye for an Eye»

In the language class, we have read a short story called «An Eye for an Eye» and we analysed it together in class. Then, our teacher have gave us an activity to do in groups. I worked with Abril Teran Frias and Anouk Laferrere.


1-Plea of not Guilty: A defendant’s answer to the declaration made by the plaintiff in a civil action (H)

2- Manslaughter: The unlawful killing of one human being by another
without express or implied intent to do injury (J)

3- Plaintiff: A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and
especially conducting a case in court (B)

4- Counsel: The party that institutes a suit in a court (I)

5- Barrister: It refers principally to a British trial lawyer (F)

6- Instructing Solicitor: An attorney who is not a member of the bar and who
may be heard only in the lower courts (G)

7- Chambers: A suite of rooms, especially one used by lawyers to
consult privately with attorneys or hear cases not
taken into court (D)

8- Motive: An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action (C)

9- Evidence: The documentary or oral statements and the material
objects admissible as testimony in a court of law (E)

10- Proof: The result or effect of evidence;
the establishment or denial of a fact by evidence (A)

While-reading activities;

  1. Role-play.

Sir Matthew Roberts; Hello Mrs. Banks. I will be pretending to be a counsel for the prosecution and I will ask you a few questions about the crime so that you can be prepared for what the witness box will be like. Are you ready?

Mrs. Banks; Hello Sir Matthew. I am ready indeed because, as I have told you before, I am telling the whole truth. You can proceed.

Sir Matthew Roberts; We will begin with a very simple and obvious question because it’s part of the procedure. Have you killed your husband, Bruce Banks?

Mrs. Banks; No, I have not. As I have said countless times, I am blind and powerless, so there isn’t any possible way in which I could have chopped him with an axe, or either carried his corpse and buried it, because I don’t see or have enough strength to do that.

Sir Matthew Roberts; And why is it then that the police has found your hairs in the handle of the axe?

Mrs. Banks;  I use that axe daily to do farm chores and I used to carry it over to where Bruce was for him to use it.

Sir Matthew Roberts; If you can explain that, you should also be able to explain this, why was your blood all over Bruce´s shirt?

Mrs. Banks; You will find my blood over many things in that house. Bruce mistreated me and harmed me, my blood is spilled in places of the house you would not imagine, and it isn’t strange that his shirt was one of those.

.Sir Matthew Roberts; You will have to work on that answer because it isn’t very convincing. Besides, if that’s your answer, they will search your house to find proof if that is true.

Mrs. Banks; Then I would be glad to welcome them. You can continue.

Sir Matthew Roberts; What I do find really strange is the fact that you have purchased strychnine, a substance which was found in Mr. Banks blood after his death by pathologists, shortly after he was murdered. How can you disclose that?

Mrs. Banks; I live in a farm, is it strange for there to be rats in a farm? Our barn is full of rats and strychnine is efficient and never fails to kill them all. Bruce had told me to buy it a few days ago and when I didn’t do what he said, he would get really angry at me and sometimes he would even hit me. Of course, I wouldn’t risk on taking the chances of being harmed by him.

Sir Matthew Roberts; Fair enough. Still, why would you buy such a large amount of this poisonous substance and drive such a long distance to reading in order to buy it?

Mrs. Banks; I drive to Reading and buy stuff there regularly. Plus, there aren’t any local suppliers who sell it here. As regards the large amount, many of our chickens were being killed by rats, and we couldn’t afford to lose more of them. Therefore, we figured that using a large amount of it would fix the problem once and for all.

Sir Matthew Roberts; Well, this will be my last question and then we will have a little break. Which is your alibi? Regardless the fact of your supposed blindness and weakness.

Mrs. Banks; You still do not believe me when I say I’m blind?

Sir Matthew Roberts; My opinion does not matter now. We are here to talk about you. Answer the question please.

Mrs. Banks; I was at a hospital which is five miles away when he was murdered. You can check with the hospital record whenever you want.

Sir Matthew Roberts; The time of the murder is uncertain to the forensic doctors. The time of death might not meet the time when the corpse was found. Nevertheless, we will work on that answer when we get back from the break. I will see you in fifteen minutes here.

Mrs. Banks; Here I will be.


        A D A M A N T




      F R Y I N G P A N

  D O L E


  F O R E N S I C S C I E N T I S T


P R O S E C U T O R  S C I E N T I S T


      A C Q U I T T A L



      B R I E F

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         A X E


  1. Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding
  2. Sightless
  3. A stand or an enclosed area in a courtroom from which a witness presents testimony
  4. A shallow, long-handled pan used for frying food
  5. The distribution by the government of relief payments to the unemployed; welfare
  6. The scientist that interprets or establishes the medical facts in civil or criminal law cases
  7. A hollow or concavity into which a part, such as the eye, fits
  8. One that initiates and carries out a legal action, especially criminal proceedings
  9. Judgment, as by a jury or judge, that a defendant is not guilty of a crime as charged
  10. The unlawful killing of one human being by another without express or implied intent to do injury
  11. To give concise preparatory instructions, information, or advice to
  12. White crystalline alkaloid substance used as a poison for rodents and other pests
  13. A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood




  1. The forensic scientist found a piece of glass into the body found in the crime scene after analyzing it.
  2. The last case was considered a manslaughter when it was discovered the woman was aiming to treat a plant with the drug.
  3. The man had already been executed when the case was considered, finally, an acquittal.
  4. The woman was strolling along the gangway when her glass eye popped out of its socket.
  5. The man looked to and fro to confirm nobody was watching before he entered the witness stand.
  6. This case had been discussed in chambers before it was taken into court.
  7. The woman stood up and went to his seat after finishing his plea of not guilty.
  8. I heard the barrister talking in the British Parliament, yesterday, on TV.
  9. The judge hit the wood hammer against the table after the man finished explaining the evidence.
  10. As soon as the counsel entered the court the case judgment started.
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