Unit One: Family Ties
1.3. Appearances are Deceptive
Freckled face curly hair pointed chin
To be full of spirit broad and full forehead clear, sweet voice
To my great surprise… Anyhow…
In contrast with…
I. Conversation Warm-up
Look at the photos (p. 22-23) and say what makes appearances of these people attractive.
Example: I think freckles make Oksana’s face especially attractive.
II. Pronunciation Warm-up
Read and practise the sounds /εә/, /әv/. Say whose appearance you like most.
Ann has got short lovely hair,
Bett has got expressive eyes,
Nelly’s hair is lovely and fair,
Her appearance is very nice.
Ben has got a nice straight nose,
William’s eyes are big and blue
Mum and dad adore them both.
And I like them, don’t you?
III. Grammar Smart
1. Complete the sentences.
Example: Ann has got… →Ann has got lovely hair, hasn’t she?
1. My brother is… , … ?
2. He isn’t… , … ?
3. … , doesn’t he?
4. … , aren’t they?
5. Nelly looks… , … ?
6. al has got… , … ?
2. Turn these sentences into tag-questions.
Example: Your friend looks pretty. -“
Your friend looks pretty, doesn’t she?
1. Your sister/brother has got expressive eyes.
2. Ann’s hair is curly and lovely.
3. Helen looks like her mother.
4. Both boys are tall and slender.
5. My friend has got a freckled face.
6. Oksana has a sweet smile.
2. Read the mini-dialogues about the children in the photos and add a tag or a surprise question to them.
What bright expressive eyes
– Yes, her eyes are full of spirit. Don’t you like them?
– I do. They make her so pretty.
John looks so funny!
– His freckled face is nice and kind.
Steve is thin and tall.
He is pale today. …
Helen has got long thick braids.
And I like her full lipped mouth.
IV. Word Smart
1. Look at the pictures and think of the words that can go with them. Make up your sentences with them.
Example: bright eyes -> I have got bright eyes.
2. Read the description of a girl and fill in the right words from the box.
I like my best friend, she is so pretty! Ann has got big… eyes, they are always full of… and… . Her mouth is… , and she has got a broad and full… . Her face is… and it makes her even more Pretty. I like Ann’s hair, which she wears in… . They are long and thick. I don’t know how she… her hair every day.
3. Look at the picture and read its description. Spot the errors and correct them.
Example: John doesn’t wear warm clothes, because it is very hot.
John lives in Australia, a very hot country, that is why he wears Warm clothes. John is short and slender. His face is white so is the body. John has got a narrow forehead and straight black hair. The boy is smiling and waving to his friends on the beach. He has got big brown eyes and freckles. Many boys in Australia look like John, because they spend much time on the beach.
At home: Write in what way you look like your mother / father / sister / brother.
Example: Like my mother, I have big brown eyes…
Go to Ex. 13, 14 of your Workbook
V. Time to Listen and Read
1. Listen to / read the story and say why Matthew Cuthbert was surprised.
… Mr. Cuthbert and his sister Marilla lived on a small Canadian farm. They needed a hand and decided to adopt an orphan boy, that’s why Matthew Cuthbert arrived at the station to meet a child.
To his great surprise an orphan girl, a child of about eleven was standing in front of him. She was in a very short, very tight, very ugly dress of a yellowish-grey colour, a faded brown hat and beneath the hat, extending down her back were two braids of very thick curly red hair. Her face was small, white and thin, also much freckled; her mouth was very large and so were her eyes, which looked green in some moods, gray in others.
Her chin was very pointed and her big eyes were full of spirit, liveliness; her mouth was expressive; her forehead was broad and full.
“I suppose you are Mr. Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables?” She said in a peculiarly clear, sweet voice. “I’m very glad to see you. I was beginning to be afraid you weren’t coming for me”. And she held out her thin brownish hand to him. Matthew had taken her little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He couldn’t tell this child with the bright eyes which made her especially lively that there had been a mistake. He would take her home. She couldn’t be left at the station, anyhow, no matter what mistake had been made.
Adapted from “Ann of Green Gables” by Lucy Mand Montgomery
To make somebody especially lively
See First Aid Kit, Grammar, p. 212
Yellow – yellowish
Brown – brownish
See First Aid Kit, Word-building, p. 214
2. Match the definitions to the words or phrases and reproduce the sentences with them from the story.
Example: Mr. Cuthbert and his sister Manila decided to adopt an orphan boy.
1. In the story find and reproduce the information about the girl’s clothes (hair, face, eyes, mouth, voice). Say what impression she produced on Mr. Cuthbert. Do you share it?
VI. Time to Communicate
1. Act as Mr. Cuthbert and give a description of the orphan. Use:
Braids of very thick red hair;
To be full of spirit;
2. In pairs talk about the appearance of your brother/sister, a boy or a girl-cousin as in the pattern.
A: I say… , how does your… look?
B: They say she/he is very… . She has got… and….
A: She/he is… ,isn’t she/he?
B: Sure. Besides her… make(s) her especially pretty. And what about your… ? Isn’t she/he…?
A: She/he sure is. Her/his… too.
B: Has she/he got the same… as you have?
A: We have much in common, but our appearances are… . In contrast with her/him… and… .
B: The same with my… .
3. Describe any of your classmates and let others guess who you mean.
VII. Time to Write
Bring a photo of your close friend or relative and describe his/her appearance.
Go to Ex. 15, 16 of your Workbook