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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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WS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 11 and write something about it, either

  1. a summary
  2. your response
  3. both 1 and 2.

Today’s class

Checked student summaries of chapter 10.

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AS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose a topic of US history for your independent study
  2. If you wish, find classmates to study with.
  3. Begin your research.
  4. Read chapter 1 of “In the Heart of the Rockies” (ITHOTR). You can download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch2_v2

Today’s class

  1. Explanation of textbook: instead of a textbook, we will read and discuss together a simplified version of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies” by G.A. Henty
  2. Changes to the class:
    1. More time for one-to-one conferencing  (for giving feedback to written work and presentations)
    2. Independent study (alone or in groups)
    3. Choice as to what you produce as a result of your research.
  3. Student announcements

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WS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 10, write a summary and bring any questions you have to class next week.

Today’s class

  • Review of chapters 1-9.
  • Explanation of Cockney
  • Mythological characters in chapter 10:
    • Characters from Greek and Roman myth
    • Characters from Norse and Germanic myths
  • Start reading chapter 10

 

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AS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Update: There is no textbook for this semester. I will provide handouts in class. My apologies for the mistake.

Homework

  • Send me an email introducing yourself.
  • Leave a comment on this blog, so that I know you have visited.
    Thank you.

Today’s class

  1. What do you know about US history?
  2. What do you want to know about US history?
  3. What do you think is important to know about US history?
  4. What are “Academic Skills”?
  5. How do you want to study in this class?
  6. How do you want me to help you?
  7. Draw a map of the USA.
  8. How many states are there? List as many as you can.  Place as many as you can on your map
  9. What mountains, rivers and other natural features of the USA do you know? List as many as you can. Place them on the map.
  10. List as many cities of the USA as you can.
  11. Take a movie list (download it here: AS2_USA_movie_list_v3 )
  12. Take a book list (easy reading list). Download it here: AS2_Easy_Reading_List

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WS1: week 15, July 28th, 2017

Today’s class

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the creation of Narnia in TMN and the creation of the world as described in Genesis.
  2. Describe ONE main character from TMN. Give examples of the character’s words and behaviour from the story (give page numbers) as evidence to support your claim.
  3. C.S. Lewis, the author of TMN, wrote that his Narnia stories are fairy tales. Do you agree? Explain your answer with evidence from the text.

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AS1: week 15, July 28th, 2017

Today’s class

  1. Describe a movie or book that deals with British history. Explain what you can learn about British history from this movie or book.
  2. Describe a famous British person, explay why they are famous and how they have affected Japanese people living today.
  3. Write about any British topic you learned about this semester. Explain why it is interesting to you.

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