I Didn’t Do It!

By | 05.05.2017


Word List. Unit 47

  • An attorney is one who gives others advice about the law.
    The attorney appeared in front of the judge for me.
  • When something is chronic, it happens over and over again over time.
    He had chronic pain in his chest and needed to see a doctor.
  • Discipline is training that helps people follow the rules.
    One of the teacher’s jobs is to teach her students discipline.
  • A donor is somebody who gives something to an organization.
    He was proud to be a blood donor.
  • A fellow is someone who shares a job or quality with someone else.
    All of my fellow patients at the hospital have also complained about the food.
  • Gossip is information that might be untrue but is still discussed anyway.
    The friends exchanged gossip about the people they knew in school.
  • To graduate from a school means to complete and pass all courses of study there.
    At the end of the spring, my friends and I will graduate from high school.
  • Graffiti is words or drawings in public places.
    The wall was covered with colorful graffiti.
  • A guardian is someone who protects somebody or something.
    The librarians are the guardians of the books.
  • To implicate someone is to show that they have done a crime or something bad.
    The man was implicated in the theft at the store.
  • Kin is a person’s family and relatives.
    His kin were all farmers.
  • A referee is a person who makes sure that the rules are followed in sports.
    The soccer player didn’t agree with the referee.
  • To sever something is to cut through it completely.
    He severed the string using scissors.
  • A shaft is a handle of a tool or weapon.
    The golf club had a long wooden shaft that he held in his hands.
  • To stab means to cut someone or something with a sharp object like a knife.
    He stabbed the fork into the potato and passed it to his daughter.
  • A stimulus is something that causes growth or activity.
    Having a lot of money is a stimulus for people to buy more things.
  • A suspicion is a feeling that something is possible or true in a crime.
    The police had a suspicion that the driver had stolen the purse.
  • To terminate something means to stop or end it.
    The trip was terminated after the car broke down.
  • A theme is the main subject of a book, movie, or painting.
    The students discussed the book’s theme in class.
  • Tuition is the amount of money paid to go to a school.
    University tuitions have increased by fifty percent in the last five years.

“I Didn’t Do It!”

Billy was in big trouble. The day before, a donor gave the school a painting with a sports theme. It showed a referee congratulating two athletes. The principal hung the painting in front of the office, hoping that it would be a stimulus for students to play sports. The next morning, however, the painting was destroyed. There was graffiti on it, and it had many holes in it. The worst part was that one of Billy’s fellow students said she thought she saw Billy do it! But Billy didn’t do it. The principal called Billy’s parents and said, “Billy won’t tell us the truth. He’s a chronic liar, and he ruined the painting. If you don’t pay for it, we’ll terminate his education here.”

Billy’s parents didn’t have enough money to pay for the painting and for his tuition. But Billy’s parents had an idea. That afternoon, they went to see Mr. Meyers, an attorney. “Mr. Meyers, my son has been implicated in a crime he says he didn’t do,” Billy’s father said. “Everybody believes the gossip. Even some of our own kin think he did it!” “I believe you. My suspicion is that the tape from the security cameras will show who really did it,” said Mr. Meyers. The next day, Mr. Meyers received a packet with the videotape from the school. It showed another student who resembled Billy walking up to the painting and writing on it.

Then the student took a knife by the shaft and started to stab large holes in it. Finally, he severed the rope that held up the painting, and it fell to the floor. Mr. Meyers showed the tape to the principal. “Clearly, that’s not Billy,” he said. “This boy is actually responsible and needs some discipline.” Billy was happy that someone believed him. He said to Mr. Meyers, “When I graduate and go to university, I will major in law, so I can be a guardian of justice like you!”

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