WS2: week 6, November 10th

Homework

  • Next class is Nov. 24th (no class next week Nov. 17th).
  • Answer these two questions about chapter 14:
    1. How will the apple that Digory brings back from the garden help protect Narnia from the Witch?
    2. What would have happened if Digory had given the apple to his mother instead of to Aslan as he had promised? Why?

Today’s class

  • Model answers to last week’s 6 questions.
  • 1-to-1 conferencing with students about their writing

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AS2: week 6, November 10th

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation for Nov. 24th.
  • Presentations can  be made with a poster or with PowerPoint.
  • Each student should present, even if you are doing a group presentation.
  • Each student’s presentation should be 3-5 minutes long.
  • The topic MUST be some topic of USA history.
    • I understand some students would like to research about present-day America – you will have a chance to do that, but not for this presentation.
  • Read chapter 5 of ITHOTR.
    • Request: to help me make suitable reading for you, I ask you to underline or mark on your copy of chapter 5  words and expressions that you need to use a dictionary for, and then show me your copy of the chapter next time. Thanks in advance.

Today’s class

  • Mini-lecture about the first Americans, the first Europeans and why so many Americans feel strongly about the right to have guns.
    • I mentioned the movie “The Seven Samurai”. This is a Japanese class. If you have not seen it, you’re missing something!
    • Here is a commercial for gun control. If you were the woman in this video, would you prefer to have a gun, or just wait for the police?

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WS2: week 5, November 3rd

Homework

  • Read Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and compare the story of temptation with the temptation story in chapter 13 of “The Magician’s Nephew”. What similarites and differences do you notice? What other things do you notice?
  • Finish today’s class questions (see below)

Today’s class

  1. Some common writing errors.
    1. Most errors are errors of logic or rhetoric, not of grammar.
  2. Questions about chapter 13:
    1. What is written on the gates to the garden?
    2. What does it mean?
    3. Why does Digory enter the garden alone?
    4. When does Digory see the bird? What effect does this have on him?
    5. How does the Witch tempt Digory and what does she want?
    6. Why does she not succeed?
  3. Individual conferencing with students about their writing.

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AS2: week 5, November 3rd

Homework

  • Read chapter 4 of ITHOTR and write something in response. Download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch4
  • Continue with your independent study and start preparing your November presentation. All students must do one presentation by the end of this month. (Nov. 24th). There are only two classes left (10th & 24th).

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture about the earliest inhabitants of the Americas.
  2. Student writing about the earliest inhabitants, based on maps and information presented by Sheffner.
    1. Who were the first people who lived in the Americas?
    2. What were the names of some of the tribes?
    3. Where did they come from and how?
  3. What food and/or plants originated in the Americas?
  4. Overview and summary of chapter 3 of ITHOTR.
  5. BONUS: Who built Machu Picchu? Watch this video. Ignore the excitable young man who talks very fast, just look at the pictures of the two very different kinds of stone walls.

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WS2: week 5, October 27th

Homework

Read chapter 14 and write something about it.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of some key points of chapter 12 and 13.
  • One-to-one conferencing with students about their writing

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WS2: week 4, October 20th

Homework

Read chapter 13 and write something about it.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of some key points of chapter 12.
  • One-to-one conferencing with students about their writing (chapter 10 & chapter 11).

 

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AS2: week 4, October 20th

Homework

  1. Continue with your independent study.
  2. Read chapter 3 of “In The Heart of the Rockies” (download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch3  )

Today’s class

  1. Discussion of chapters 1-2 of ITHOTR.
  2. There are many ways to use this text to learn about USA history. Some examples were given in class.
  3. Watch the first few scenes of “Far and Away“, a movie about two young Irish people who leave Ireland looking for freedom and riches in America.

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WS2: week 3, October 13th, 2017

Homework

  • Read chapter 12
  • Write something about it.
    • A summary
    • your response
    • both of the above
    • any questions you have

Today’s class

  • 1-to-1 conferencing about chapter 10

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AS2: week 3, October 13th

Homework

  • Start work on your independent study project and show me next week.
  • Read chapter 2 of ITHOTR. Write a shor comment about it.

Today’s class

  1. The desire to learn, to grow, to improve our situation, to understand ourselves and the world we live in, is a beautiful one. Where does this come from?
  2. Individual conferencing about independent study topics.

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