WS2, week 15, January 20th, 2017

Today’s class

If you were absent on thie last class, please do the quiz and the essay and email them to me by Monday Feb. 20th. The essay must be done within 90 minutes.

TMN quiz (download here:  TMN_final_quiz_001

Final essay.  “There are two events in TMN which are similar to events in the Bible.  Describe the two events. Why does Lewis include these two events in the story?”

Use academic format  (double spaced, etc).

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Academic Skills 2: Send me your best writing

Thank you for your essays. However, the department needs the data in order to publish your essay.

Please send me by email the data for your best writing (about New York, about Chicago, or your final essay which you handed in today).  You decide which writing you want to be published, and send me that data.

If I do not receive your data, your writing will not be published in the Academic Skills book next April.

Thank you in advance. Good luck and best wishes to you all.

Enjoy this life.

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WS2, week 14, January 13th, 2017

Homework

None

Today’s class

  1. List 5 stories that are similar in some way to “The Magician’s Nephew”, e.g. stories that have
    • 2 children in a fantasy adventure
    • visits to another world or worlds
    • a strong, bad witch or bad woman (like Jadis)
    • a strong, wise, kind character (like Aslan)
  2. Write 2 paragraphs in English comparing “The Magician’s Nephew” with one story from your list.
    1. Explain the similarities
    2. Explain the differences
  3. Compare the four worlds that Digory and Polly find themselves in.
    1. How are they similar?
    2. How are they different?

Announcement

Makeup class will be Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 5th period (16:45 – 18:15)

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AS2, week 14, January 13th, 2017

Homework

Choose a topic from the textbook that you have not chosen yet. E.g.

  • Music (jazz, rock’n’roll, country, etc)
  • Cities in films (you can choose one city or one movie or write about several)
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans

Write at least 2 pages of A4, in academic format, using photos, maps, illustrations, etc. Make sure you define your subject, and explain why or how your topic is important.

Today’s class

  • Student presentations on Chicago.
  • Quiz on pages 48 & 49.

Announcement

Makeup class will be Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 5th period (16:45 – 18:15)

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WS2, week 13, January 6th, 2017

 

Homework

None

Announcement

Makeup class will be on Wednesday January 25th, 5th period.. Please check the noticeboard for the classroom.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing
    1. #1 – your winter vacation
    2. #2 book(s) and/or movie(s) you watched over the vacation. (If you didn’t read any books or watch any movies, explain why not!)
  2. Short essay questions about “The Magician’s Nephew”:
    1.  Is Digory a better person at the end of The Magician’s Nephew than he was at the start? How has he changed for the better or for the worse?
    2. What can Asian do that Jadis cannot?
    3. Why does Uncle Andrew like Jadis?

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AS2, week 13, January 6th, 2017

Announcement

Makeup class will be on Wednesday Jan. 18th, 5th period, room S405.

Homework

Read the chapter about Chicago and answer the 2 questions below. Remember, this class is Academic Skills, so your answer should be an academic answer. That means, complete, not just one or two details. As complete and accurate as you can.

  1. What is Chicago?
  2. Why is it important?

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by students about various paragraphs from the textbook chapter about Chicago.
  2. Some important background information which you should know. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, look them up. This is common knowledge.
    1. Where did the Mafia originate?
    2. Why were many of the early trading posts also forts?
    3. Why were the French in North America?

There are several films about Al Capone and the Prohibition era. Here is a list  of 10: http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/10-best-prohibition-movies/

And here is a list of 25 Prohibition-era movies. The gang violence was one of the main reasons why Prohibition was considered a failure and eventually abandoned.

A very popular and well known movie about Chicago (but not about gangsters) is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, directed by John “Home Alone” Hughes.

Here’s (in my opinion) the best scene in the movie. “Danke Schoen” is of course German – many people of German origin settled in Chicago, as well as Italians – and “Twist and Shout” is a Beatles song.

Here’s a scene from “The Untouchables”.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you peace and contentment, today and every day.

(Photo courtesy of Emily)

The new header is taken from a photo by blogger Stardust Talk, who writes about and takes beautiful photos of places in Nara. Check out her blog and other excellent photos.

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WS2, week 12, December 16th, 2016

Homework

Short essay questions for chapters 3, 4 and 5 (download the file here: Bookrags_MN_Short-essay_Qs_chaps3-5

Happy Holidays! Next class, January 6th.

Today’s class

Short essay questions for chapters 3, 4 and 5.

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AS2, week 12, December 16th, 2016

Homework

Read and prepare a short presentation on the Chapter 4 paragraph or paragraphs assigned to you in today’s class.

If you were absent today, please read and understand chapter 4 in the textbook. Quiz next class (Jan. 6th, 2017).

Today’s class

  1. Watch the clip from Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant”: what do the immigrants fell when they see the Statue of Liberty and why? Write an academic (complete) answer.
  2. Watch the clips from “Far and Away”.
    1. Why do a) Joseph and b) Shannon want to go to the U.S.?
    2. What do a) Joseph and b) Shannon feel when they arrive in Boston?

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WS2, week 11, December 9th, 2016

Homework

Write 2 paragraphs about the author of “The Magician’s Nephew”.

  • List the sources you used in a simple bibliography.
  • Type it in MSWord.
  • Double-spaced.
  • Your name, WS2 and the date in the top left-hand corner.

Today’s class

Short answer questions for chapters 3 and 4.

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