Using Contemporary literature instead of human anatomy course book

Written by: Lyubov Dombeva, Dobromir Vetsov
Roerich School, Sofia

Artist: Monthy Python
Song: Brave Sir Robin

1. Listen to the song and fill in the blanks using the words in the list:

A. lads                               J. nostrils
B. kneecaps                       K. least
C. die                                L. bold
D. body                             M. mashed
E.   bottom                         N. killed
F. liver                               O. elbow
G. bowels                          P. limbs
H. heart                             R. head
I. eyes

Bravely ___1___ Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot
he was not afraid to ___2___, ohh brave Sir Robin,
he was not at all afraid to be ___3___ in nasty ways,
brave brave brave brave Sir Robin!
He was not in the ___4___ bit scared to be ____5___ into a pulp
or to have his ___6____ gouged out and his ___7____ broken
To have his ____8____ split and his ____9____ burned away
and his ____10_____ all hacked and mangled brave Sir Robin!
His ___11___ bashed in and his ____12___ cut out
and his ___13____ removed and his ___14____ unplugged
and his ____15___ raped and his _____16___ burned off and his penis…
“Thats enough music for now ___17____, looks like there’s dirty work afoot“
“HALT!!!!!”

2. In two columns distinguish between the organs and the body parts of Sir Robin mentioned in the text.

organs body parts

3. Describe organs’ functions.

Artist: Monthy Python
Song: Galaxy Song

  1. Order the paragraphs of the song.
  2. Listen to the song to find out if you’ve ordered it correctly.
  3. Underline all expressions that show speed. Convert miles per hour (minute, second) into kilometers per hour (minute, second).

A. As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.

B. It’s orbiting at 90 miles a second, so it’s reckoned
a sun that is the source of all our power.

C. The sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
are moving at a million miles a day.
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.

D. It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
but out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.

E. Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving,
and revolving at 900mph.

F. We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go ’round every two hundred million years,
and our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
in this amazing and expanding universe.

G. Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.

H. Whenever life gets you down Mrs. Braun
and things seem hard or tough
and people are stupid obnoxious or daft
and you feel that you had quite enough.

I. So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
how amazingly unlikely is your birth,
and pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
’cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.

J. The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
in all of the directions it can whiz.

DIARY
By Chuck Palahniuk

1. Guess the source of the text.
2. Skim the text and match the blanks with appropriate words from the boxes.
3. Listen to the text and check whether you filled the blanks correctly.

A. wrinkle
B. contraction
C. movement
D. layers
E. texture
F. pocket
G. cheek
H. dermis
I. epidermis
J. muscles
K. curtain
L. upper
M. major
N. permanent
O. greasy
P. frown
Q. scream
R. touch
S. protects
T. think
U. slides
V. unveiling
W. running
X. pulling
Y. confused
Z. caused

The official anatomy word for a __1__ is rhytide. Those creases in the top half of your face, the rhytides plowed across your forehead and around your eyes, this is dynamic wrinkling, also called hyperfunctional facial lines, caused by the ­­­­­__2___ of the underlying muscles. Most wrinkles in the lower half of the face are static rhytides, __3___ by sun and gravity.

Let’s look in the mirror. Really look at your face. Look at your eyes, your mouth.

This is what you think you know best.

Your skin comes in three basic__4___. What you can __5___ is the stratum corneum, a layer of flat, dead skin cells pushed up by the new cells under them. What you feel, that __6__ feeling, is your acid mantle, the coating of oil and sweat that ___7__ you from germs and fungus. Under that is your __8___. Below the dermis is a layer of fat. Below the fat are the _9__ of your face.

When you pull up your __10___ lip – when you show that one top tooth, the one the museum guard broke – this is your levator labii superioris muscle at work. Your sneer muscle.

When you __11___, this is your orbicularis oris stretched to the very limit.

That deep crease from each corner of your mouth to your nose is your nasolabial fold. Sometimes called your ‘sneer __13__’. As you age, the little round cushion of fat inside your __14___, the official anatomy word is malar fat pad, it __15__ lower and lower until it comes to rest against your nasolabial fold – making your face a _16___ sneer.

Now __17__. This is your triangularis muscle __18__ down the corners of your orbicularis oris muscle.

The ‘orange peel’ __19__of your chin, these ‘popply’ bimps are caused by your mentalis muscle. Those frown lines you see every morning, getting deeper, __20_ from each corner of your mouth down to the edge of your chin, those are called marionette lines. The wrinkles between your eyebrows, they’re glabelar furrows.

This is your face.

Now, smile.

This is your zygomatic __22__ muscle. Each __23__ pulls your flesh apart the way tiebacks hold open the drapes in your living room window. The way cables pull aside a theater __24__, your every smile is an opening night. A premiere. You __25__ yourself.

If you’re a little __26__ right now, relax. Don’t worry. All you need to know is this is your face. This is what you _27__ you know best.

These are the three layers of your skin.

The _28__, the dermis and the fat.

4. Use the text to fill in the table.

MUSCLE FUNCTION
frontalis Lifts the eyebrows
orbicularis oculi Closes the eye
auricularis Moves the ear in mammals, no function in humans
Lifts the chin skin and the lower lip
masseter Closes the mouth and helps in chewing
levator labii superioris
zygomaticus
Closes the lips and makes mouth narrower
Pulls the lower lip downward and sideward

5. Label the diagram.

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