Having a lemonade stand is a way for kids to learn the first few golden rules about running a business. What drove a group of teenagers to spoil the fun? Are you looking for something to talk about in class this week?  Why not watch an authentic video from the news?   Read the report, watch the video, and discuss the incident that took place in an Ohio neighborhood: A group of neighborhood kids were selling lemonade when they were robbed by a group of teens.

Here are some ideas to get the conversation started after watching the video:

  • Do you think the teens robbed the kids for the money or “for kicks” (to be cool).
  • What is a good Samaritan? Have you ever met a good Samaritan?
  • Do petty criminals typically grow into true criminals? Do you believe that teen criminals deserve a break in court?
  • What does this phrase mean: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

Related lessons  in the ESL-Library:

Living in English: Law and Order

Detective Series: The Case of the Missing Ring

Discussion Starters: Suburbia

Flashcards: Drinks

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Tara Benwell

Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore.   Website: http://www.tarabenwell.com   Twitter: @tarabenwell