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“Art for Heart’s Sake” R.Goldberg

  Мереева Клара Сандировна

 Маңғыстау облысы, Ақтау қаласы

 Маңғыстау гуманитарлық колледжінің

 ағылшын тілінен арнайы пәндер  оқытушысы

 I.The theme: “Art for Heart’s Sake” R.Goldberg.

II.Aims:to introduce and to practice new words of the story  “Art for Heart’s Sake”,to extend students speaking, reading, thinking,writting skills through instructions to create an atmosphere of self and mutual respect and social interaction through group and pair works

To bring up love and interest to the subject,respect to each other

III.The type of the lesson:combined

VI.Expected results:At the end of the lesson students will be able to use new words and word-combinations in speech and give their opinion about the content of the story and character sketches

V.Resourses: activeboard, posters of presentation,cards,slides, sheets, markers, smiles.

The procedure of the lesson:

1.Organization moment: Greeting and dividing into groups:Today׳s lesson is one more in the series of the lessons devoted to the classical English literature. But it is not usual because this time you are going to meet not only one of the famous British writers but also one of the prototypes of his characters. You will get to a wonderful land full of images, spells, amusements and delights. You׳ll meet different characters, while working at some extracts of  Goldberg׳s books and even become literature and art researchers. I think the lesson will be interesting and useful for you. So, welcome and enjoy this fascinating and wonderful world!

We are going to speak about paintings, the art influence on people. (They are divided into 3 groups by collecting pieces of three pictures)

  1. Warming up:

T: We’ll start our lesson with a quotation. Its author is the great French and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”

How do you understand these words? Do you agree with them?

There is an English proverb “Art is long, life is short”. Explain it.

Why do people need art? 1. When one loves his art no service seems too hard. 2. The devil is not so black as he is painted. 3. When in doubt leave it out. 4. Art is long, life is short. 5. That’s a horse of another colour. 6. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. 7. Art lies in concealing art. 8. Art has no enemy except ignorance.

3.I’d like to start talking about the author  of the story “Art for Heart’s Sake” Reuben Goldberg

Reuben Garrett Lucius «Rube» Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.

He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, similar to Health Robinson devices in the UK, as well as the Storm P devices in Denmark. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees’ Silver Lady Award 1959.

Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society,and he is the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to the Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task.

4.Work with the lexical material:

Give Kazakh equivalents for the following words and expressions from the text and use them in the sentences of your own:

insist on smth, persuade smb to do smth, keep smb from doing smth, end in failure, obey smb’s orders, make a suggestion, argue with smb, ask with suspicion, keep one’s promise, get in touch with smb, apologise to smb for (doing) smth, look disappointed, be good at smth, whisper smth, arrange to do smth, an awful picture, an outstanding artist, dream of (doing) smth, give up doing smth, be awarded smth, prove to smb.

5.a) Listen to the recording of the story and mark the stresses and tunes                                                                                                           b) translate the story

Art for Heart’s Sake’R. Goldberg

«Here, take your juice,» said Koppel, Mr. Ellsworth’s servant and nurse.

«No,» said Collis P. Ellsworth.

«But it’s good for you, sir!»

«The doctor insists on it.»

Koppel heard the front door bell and was glad to leave the room. He found Doctor Caswell in the hall downstairs.

«I can’t do a thing with him,» he told the doctor.» He doesn’t want to take his juice. I can’t persuade him to take his medicine. He doesn’t want me to read to him. He hates TV. He doesn’t like anything!»

Doctor Caswell took the information with his usual professional calm. This was not an ordinary case. The old gentleman was in pretty good health for a man of seventy. But it was necessary to keep him from buying things. His financial transactions always ended in failure, which was bad for his health.

«How are you this morning? Feeling better?» asked the doctor. «I hear you haven’t been obeying my orders.»

The doctor drew up a chair and sat down close to the old man. He had to do his duty. «I’d like to make a suggestion,» he said quietly. He didn’t want to argue with the old man.

Old Ellsworth looked at him over his glasses. The way Doctor Caswell said it made him suspicions. «What is it, more medicine, more automobile rides to keep me away from the office?» the old man asked with suspicion. «Not at all,» said the doctor. «I’ve been thinking of something different. As a matter of fact I’d like to suggest that you should take up art. I don’t mean seriously of course,» said the doctor, «just try. You’ll like it.»

Much to his surprise the old man agreed. He only asked who was going to teach him drawing. «I’ve thought of that too,» said the doctor. «I know a student from an art school who can come round once a week. If you don’t like it, after a little while you can throw him out.» The person he had in mind and promised to bring over was a certain Frank Swain, eighteen years old and a capable student. Like most students he needed money. Doctor Caswell kept his promise.

He got in touch with Frank Swain and the lessons began. The old man liked it so much that when at the end of the first lesson Koppel came in and apologised to him for interrupting the lesson, as the old man needed a rest, Ellsworth looked disappointed.

When the art student came the following week, he saw a drawing on the table. It was a vase. But something was definitely wrong with it.

«Well, what do you think of it?» asked the old man stepping aside.

«I don’t mean to hurt you, sir…», began Swain.

«I see,» the old man interrupted, «the halves don’t match. I can’t say I am good at drawing. Listen, young man,» he whispered. «I want to ask you something before Old Juice comes again. I don’t want to speak in his presence.»

«Yes, sir,» said Swain with respect.

«I’ve been thinking… Could you come twice a week or perhaps three times?»

«Sure, Mr. Ellsworth,» the student said respectfully.

«When shall I come?»

They arranged to meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As the weeks went by, Swain’s visits grew more frequent. The old man drank his juice obediently. Doctor Caswell hoped that business had been forgotten forever.

When spring came, Ellsworth painted a picture which he called «Trees Dressed in White.» The picture was awful. The trees in it looked like salad thrown up against the wall. Then he announced that he was going to display it at the Summer Show at the Lathrop Gallery. Doctor Caswell and Swain didn’t believe it. They thought the old man was joking.

The summer show at the Lathrop Gallery was the biggest exhibition of the year. All outstanding artists in the United States dreamt of winning a Lathrop prize.

To the astonishment of all «Trees Dressed in White» was accepted for the Show.

Young Swain went to the exhibition one afternoon and blushed when he saw «Trees Dressed in White»

As two visiters stopped in front of the strange picture, Swain rushed out. He was ashamed that a picture like that had been accepted for the show.

However Swain did not give up teaching the old man. Every time Koppel entered the room he found the old man painting something. Koppel even thought of hiding the brush from him. The old man seldom mentioned his picture and was usually cheerful.

Two days before the close of the exhibition Ellsworth received a letter. Koppel brought it when Swain and the doctor were in the room. «Read it to me,» asked the old man putting aside the brush he was holding in his hand. «My eyes are tired from painting.»

The letter said: «It gives the Lathrop Gallery pleasure to announce that Collis P. Ellsworth has been awarded the First Landscape Prize of ten thousand dollars for his painting «Trees Dressed in White».

Swain became dumb with astonishment. Koppel dropped the glass with juice he was about to give Ellsworth. Doctor Caswell managed to keep calm. «Congratulations, Mr. Ellsworth,» said the doctor. «Fine, fine… Frankly, I didn’t expect that your picture would win the prize. Anyway I’ve proved to you that art is more satisfying than business.»

«Art is nothing. I bought the Lathrop Gallery,» said the old man highly pleased with the effect of his deception.

6.Answerto the questions:

1) Who was Koppel and why wasn’t he satisfied with the behaviour of his patient?

2) Was Mr. Ellsworth really ill? Why was his case not an ordinary one?

3) What suggestion did Dr. Caswell make to Ellsworth?

4) Who was Frank Swain?

5) Prove that Ellsworth enjoyed painting.

6) Why did Ellsworth ask Swain to come three times a week?

7) Was Dr. Caswell pleased with the results of his «treatment»?

8) What picture did Ellsworth paint?

9) What did he want to do with the picture?

10) Why did everybody think at first that Ellsworth was joking?

11) What was Swain’s reaction when he saw Ellsworth’s picture at the show?

12) Why didn’t Swain give up teaching Ellsworth?

13) What happened two days before the close of the exhibition?

14) What did the letter say?

15) What was the reaction of all present?

16) What did Ellsworth tell them about?

7.Discuss the following:

1) Ellsworth tried to prove to everybody that business is more important than art. Did he succeed?What do you consider more important?

2) Why do you think Ellsworth didn’t give up taking lessons after he had sent the picture to the show? Was it a part of his plan of deception? Comment on his plan. Find in the text other details of his clever scheme.

3) Why didn’t Ellsworth read the letter himself? Were his eyes really tired?

4) All Ellsworth’s financial transactions ended in failure. Do you think the purchase of the Gallery was also a transaction of this kind? What do you think he will do with the Gallery later?

5) «Life is short, art is long.» Do you agree with it? Why do people need art? What is more satisfying art or business?


8.Retell the text on the part of 1) Ellsworth, 2) Koppel, 3) Dr. Caswell, 4) Frank Swain.

T: I think it’s interesting to present this story on the part of the main characters of the story, let’s say, Doctor Caswell and the student Frank Swain.

St1 and St2 tell the story on the part of the main characters of the story.

T: Ellsworth tried to prove to everybody that business is more important than art, that money can buy everything. Did he succeed?

What do you consider more important? What is more satisfying art or business?

What do you think he will do with the Gallery later?

9.Translate these  sentences into Kazakh:

  1. Doctor Caswell received the information with his usual professional calm. 2. He had done some constructive thinking since his last visit. 3. The old gentleman was in pretty good shape for a man of seventy-six. 4. All his purchases of recent years had to be liquidated at a great sacrifice both to his health and his pocketbook. 5. The doctor had his stethoscope ready in case the abruptness of the suggestion proved too much for the patient’s heart. 6. But the old gentleman’s answer was a vigorous «Rot!» 7. Collis P. Ellsworth looked at him appraisingly. 8. «There it is, young man,» he snapped with a grunt of satisfaction. 9. He would dwell on the rich variety of color in a bowl of fruit. 10. The treatment was working perfectly. 11. An entirely new world opened up its charming mysteries. 12. The old man displayed insatiable curiosity about the galleries and the painters who exhibited in them. 13. The lifetime dream of every mature artist in the United States was a Lathrop prize. 14. Fortunately, the painting was hung in an inconspicuous place where it could not excite any noticeable comment. 15. Young Swain sneaked into the Gallery one afternoon and blushed to the top of his ears when he saw «Trees Dressed in White», a loud, raucous splash on the wall. 16. As two giggling students stopped before the strange anomaly Swain fled in terror. 17. Swain and Koppel uttered a series of inarticulated gurgles.
  2. Pick out from story sentences describing the main characters. Give character sketches of Old Ellsworth, Doctor Caswell and Frank Swain(association strategy)

11.Make up a dialogue between:

  1. Doctor Caswell and Judson Livingston about the old man.
  2. The giggling students that stopped before «Trees Dressed in White».
  3. The old man and Frank Swain about art galleries and exhibitions.Summingup:So, dear students you have learned about the wonderful, splendid world, in which some people found rest and pleasure. I hope that you like today’s lesson.Your home task will be to write a summary and retell the story. Marks for the lesson are:….                                                                                       The lesson is over you are free.    Good-bye students!




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