Answer key: Synesthesia

Lesson Plan  Synesthesia:  Artists Seeing Sound

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. visual  |ˈviZHo͞oəl| adjective-of or relating to seeing or sight: visual perception.
  2. multi-sensory-\ˌməl-tē-ˈsen(t)-sə-adjective-relating to or involving several physiological senses (Marriam-Webster).
  3. hue |(h)yo͞o| noun-a color or shade: the attribute of a color by virtue of which it is discernible as red, green, etc.,
  4. neurological |n(y)o͝oˈräləjē| noun-the branch of medicine or biology that deals with the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system.
  5. textures |ˈteksCHər| noun-the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance: skin texture and tone | the cheese is firm in texture | the different colors and textures of bark.
  6. endeavors |enˈdevər|(Brit. endeavour ) noun-an attempt to achieve a goal: [ with infinitive ] : an endeavor to reduce serious injury. an enterprise or undertaking: a political endeavor.
  7. disregarded |ˌdisriˈgärd| verb [ with obj. ]-pay no attention to; ignore: the body of evidence is too substantial to disregard.
  8. rarity |ˈre(ə)ritē| noun ( pl. rarities ) the state or quality of being rare: the rarity of the condition. rare adjective -not occurring very often: a rare genetic disorder 
  9. recreate|ˌrēkrēˈāt| verb [ with obj. ] create again: the door was now open to recreate a single German state.
  10. boon |bo͞on| noun [ usu. in sing. ] a thing that is helpful or beneficial: the navigation system will be a boon to both civilian and military users.

Reading Comprehension

Word -Recognition

  1. The experience of colour as we usually understand it is a visual one.
  2. This neurological phenomenon is called synesthesia.
  3. Synesthesia is best described as a union of the senses.
  4. One friend has tastes and textures as well as colours for words.
  5. Synesthesia has been something of a hot topic in music.
  6. One of the main things is most artists have it.
  7. One man helping to educate the public is British composer Nick Ryan.
  8. He has grapheme-colour synesthesia.
  9. Ryan is far from the only artist to attempt to recreate their synesthesia.
  10. Synesthesia is  a sensation scrapbook which the audience is immersed in.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I-1-A number of famous artists have experienced synesthesia.

II-2One friend has tastes and textures as well as colours for words.

III-1-For some synesthesia can actually be a bonus.

 IV. Listening Activity

Video: Seeing Sound, Tasting Color: Synesthesia

While Listening Tasks

1-b, 2-a, 3-c, 4-a, 5-c, 6-b, 7-a, 8-b.