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WS1, week 2, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here. If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address <*@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp>  as this is white-listed. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)
  2. Read chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
    1. Look up things you do not know, e.g.
      1. when Sherlock Holmes “lived”
      2. who the Bastables were (what book they appear in) and when these books appeared
      3. what an Eton collar is
      4. Jane Eyre and Treasure Island
      5. any other British cultural reference you find in chapter 1
  3. Choose a book from the reading list (you can download it here:    ws_easy_reading_library_list   )   read it, and write a short report about it.

 

Today’s class

  1. The Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on fairy stories and why C.S. Lewis called the Narnia stories “faairy tales” not fantasy stories.
  3. We started reading chapter 1 together.

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AS1, week 2, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here. If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address <*@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp>  as this is white-listed. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)s.)
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the questions
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  3. (for May 12th) Choose a movie OR a book from the lists, watch/read it, and write a short report
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese)
    3. Author / Director
    4. When released (or when book published)
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British history from watching this movie/reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

  1. Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on the reasons why Japanese students can benefit from studying British history.
  3. Write a paragraph summarising the mini-lecture.
  4. Compare notes about the movie or book you chose last week from the list.

 

 

 

 

 

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WS1, week 1, April 14th, 2017

Welcome, to Sheffner’s WS1 class blog.

On this blog I will post classwork and homework assignments each week. I will update the blog at the weekend after each Friday’s class.

If you miss a class, or forget the homework, check out the blog.

Homework:

  1. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment, click on the words “Leave a reply”  below this blog.
    2. You need to type in your name (family name only) and an email address. Your email address will NOT be public. Your  name WILL be public.
    3. All comments are moderated. That means I must approve them. So your comment will not appear  immediately.  Please be patient.
  2. Send me an email briefly  introducing yourself and saying what you hope to learn in this class. What do you want to be able to do by the end of this course?
  3. Read chapter 1 and write a short summary of the key events.

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AS1, week 1, April 14th, 2017

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog.

On this blog I will post classwork and homework assignments each week. I will update the blog at the weekend after each Friday’s class.

If you miss a class, or forget the homework, check out the blog.

Homework:

  1. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment, click on the words “Leave a reply” below this blog post.
    2. You need to type in your name (family name only) and an email address. Your email address will NOT be public. Your  name WILL be public.
    3. All comments are moderated. That means I must approve them. So your comment will not appear  immediately.  Please be patient.
  2. Send me an email briefly  introducing yourself and saying what you hope to learn in this class. What do you want to be able to do by the end of this course?
  3. Read chapter 1 in the textbook.
  4. Choose EITHER a movie  OR an easy-reading book from the list and start watching it or reading it.

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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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