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Lesson 7: Masters and Masterpieces


The Burning of the Houses of Parliament. J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851).
Source: en.wikipedia.org

In lesson 7 the focus is on working on your listening skills, enhancing your vocabulary and writing a concise piece of text.

Exercise 7.1 Fill in - Poetry

Listen to the three poems and fill in the missing words. Pay attention to the use of capital letters when starting each line.

Tehtävä arvioidaan S/K.


A little road not made of man,

 of the eye,

 to thill of bee,

Or  of butterfly.


If town it have, beyond itself,

'T is that I cannot say;

I only sigh,--no 

 me along that way.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Source: commons.wikimedia.org



WORLD, take good notice, silver stars ,

Milky  ript, weft of white detaching,

Coals thirty-eight,  and burning,

, significant, hands off warning,

Now and henceforth  from these shores.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Source: commons.wikimedia.org



When you are  and full of sleep,

And  by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the 

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;


How many loved your moments of ,

And loved your beauty with love ,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your  face;


And bending down beside the  bars,

Murmur, , how Love fled

And  upon the mountains 

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


W.B.Yeats (1865-1939). Source: en.wikipedia.org

The poems are A little road not made of man by Emily Dickinson, World Take Good Notice by Walt Whitman, and When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats. 

Exercise 7.2 Vocabulary in Context - Culture

Below you will find a list of fifteen words. Study them and check if you know

  • what they might mean in different forms of art

  • what word class or word classes each word belongs to (noun, adjective or verb)


Write a single text, pieces of text, or individual sentences so that you will use each word once. Your text(s) and sentences should be related to the topic of this course: culture.

Tehtävä arvioidaan arvosanalla 4-10.

  • artwork

  • composition

  • era

  • express

  • incorporate

  • master

  • mode

  • passion

  • playwright

  • portrait

  • rave

  • review

  • skillful

  • style

  • talented


Exercise 7.3 It's a masterpiece - or is it?


File:Thai Breakdancers.jpg Source: en.wikipedia.org

Choose a music video or a video recording of a dance performance, a comedy number etc. available online (e.g. on YouTube) and write a short review of it.

The required length of the review is approximately 150 words. Focus your critique on the performance and not the content such as the song or piece of music itself, the lyrics, jokes, stories and such presented.

Remember to include a link to the video in your portfolio.

Tehtävä arvioidaan arvosanalla 4-10.

Please submit your text in the box below. Your teacher will assess this exercise as part of your portfolio.


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