Hanging is not common in the US anymore. Most people, if they are killed by the death penalty, die by electric chair or gas or injection. Hanging brings up memories of the Wild West and cowboy justice where looking at another man’s woman or cheating at cards or insulting someone could mean being strung up.

Hangman is the name of the person who hangs people but it is also the name of a fun word game that most American kids play and know well. It’s a great way to teach spelling and to review vocabulary. Check out how to play and some tips for making the game better on the Hangman lesson plan page.

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