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AS1: Week 2, April 20th, 2018

Homework

  1. Read the textbook pp. 5-12.
  2. What are the key points? Write them in a comment on this blog.  (For your privacy, I suggest you only use EITHER your FAMILY name or your GIVEN name, not both.)
  3. Watch this video. (You may find it easier to watch with no sound!)

Today’s class

  1. What? (e.g. what is academic writing?)
  2. When? (e.g. today’s date – keep a record of when you wrote your notes).
  3. Where? (e.g. where was Plato’s Akademia?
  4. Who? (e.g. who was Copernicus?)
  5. How? (e.g. how has British history influenced modern Japanese culture and society?)
  6. Why? (E.g. why study academic writing?)
  • Presentation on academic writing (download the handout here: what is academic writing_short_v3
  • fill in the blanks in the worksheet
  • Discuss in small groups and write your answer based on the mini-presentation.
  • What are the key points of the Adam and Eve story according to the Bible?
    • Discuess in smaal groups and write your answer.

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WS1: Week 2, April 20th, 2018

Homework

  1. What are the key points and the meaning of the story ‘The Pot with the Hole’? Bring your answers to class next week.
  2. Write a short personal comment about the story here on the class blog.

Today’s class

  • What is ‘academic writing’? It is part of a long tradition in Western civilization.
  • Download a PDF of today’s worksheet here: what is academic writing_short_v3

 

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WS1: Week 1, April 13th, 2018

Welcome to Sheffner’s Writing Strategies I (WS1) class, Friday 1st period.

There is no textbook  for this class.

Homework

  1. Leave a comment on this blog about today’s class.
    1. Your name is public, but your email is private. Any email address that you regularly use is ok.
  2. Read the short story “The Pot with the Hole” (today’s handout, download a copy here:

Today’s class

  1. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers:: What are “academic writing skills”?
    1. Mini-lecture on the history of academic writing
  2. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: How to improve your academic English writing?
    1. Lots of reading (I recommend easy reading – “easy” means anything in English that you can understand 90% of without a dictionary).
  3. You can download today’s handout here: WS1, 2018 – course intro

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AS1: Week 1, April 13th, 2018

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I class, Friday 1st period.

The textbook is Sellen, D. “The British Isles”. Black Cat, 2011. British Isles+cd New (Reading & Training)

Homework

  1. Read the Bible Book 1 (Genesis) chapters 1, 2 and 3 (in Japanese is ok).
  2. Leave a comment on this blog about today’s class.
    1. Your name is public, but your email is private. Any email address that you regularly use is ok.

Today’s class

  1. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What are “academic skills”?
  2. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What do you know about British history, and what do you think is important to know about British history?
  3. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What British historical people, events or things (inventions, technology, books, etc) have affected modern Japanese society and culture?
    1. Some examples: the telephone, trains, television, the World Wide Web, trained nurses.
  4. You can download today’s handout here: AS1, 2018 – course intro

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WS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 19TH, 2018

Today’s class

  • last-minute check of final essay.
  • Quiz on “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  • Please email me your final essay if you have not already done so. I must have your essay by Jan. 31st.

Best wishes to you all. Sayonara.

 

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AS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 19TH, 2018

Today’s class

  • last-minute check of final essay.
  • Please email me your final essay if you have not already done so. I must have your essay by Jan. 31st.

Best wishes to you all. Sayonara.

 

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WS2: WEEK 14, January 12th, 2018

Homework

Finish your final project (writing). Bring it to class next week (hard copy) and email it to me.

See here for tutorial videos: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?p=3485

Click here to download a sample essay: Sample_Essay_template

Today’s class

  • Class survey
  • 1-to-1 conferencing

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AS2: WEEK 14, January 12th, 2018

Homework

Finish writing your final probject. Print it out and bring it to class next week. Also, please email it to me.

See here for tutorial videos: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?p=3485

Click here to download a sample essay: Sample_Essay_template

Today’s class

  • Class questionnaire
  • Please give me your comments about the following
    • ITHOTR (In the Heart of the Rockies” story
    • Mini-lectures (note-taking and dictation)
    • Presentations
    • 1-to-1 conferencing
    • Movie list
    • Reading list
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about final projects

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WS2: WEEK 13, January 5th, 2018

Homework

Email me your written work if you want me to check it. Continue working on your final probject.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing – your winter vacation
  2. Mini-lecture: according to  The Magician’s Nephew, what is more important than either friendship or family?
  3. Sentence combining. Read through your free writing, find sentences that can be combined and re-write them.
  4. Every claim needs evidence.
  5. Academic formatting:
    1. Use an English font (either Century or Times New Roman) size 12.
    2. Double-space your document.
    3. How to use MSWord’s refeerence functions to make citations and create a bibliography.
    4. For tutorial videos on how to double-space and create references, see this blog entry: https://wp.me/pwFtO-Ud

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AS2: WEEK 13, January 5th, 2018

Homework

Email me your writing if you want me to check it. Continue with your final project.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing – your winter vacation
  2. Sentence combining.
    1. Read through your free writing  and find sentences that can be combined.
  3. Claims and evidence. Every claim needs evidence. What evidence could you provide to support your claims in your free writing?
  4. How to use MSWord’s Reference function for citations and making a bibliography
  5. Document formatting for academic writing:
    1. Use an English font – either Century or Times New Roman, size 12.
    2. Choose double-spacing (see videos below)
    3. Watch the video below to review how to create references and a bibliography using MSWord

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