Category Archives: Writing Strategies

WS1, week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

MCQ for chapter 4 (download the file here: MN_MCQ_ch4

Today’s class

  1. Checked meaning of homework words and phrases
  2. Summary of chapter 4
    1. What kind of world is this?
      1. Colours –
        1. Dull red, dark blue, black
      2. Cold, quiet
      3. Ruined buildings
      4. No sound, no people, no animals or insects, no flowers, trees, grass or moss. No life.
      5. A strange room full of waxwork images of people
    2. What happens? (Key events only).
      1. Polly and Digory explore the world, although they do not like it very much.
      2. They find a strange room full of waxwork images. There is a bell and a hammer. Polly wants to go home without touching it, but Digory wants to hit the bell to see what happens. They fight. Digory wins and hits the bell. They hear the sound of falling buildings.

Below is one artist’s impression of Charn. How about yours?

 

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WS1, week 5, May 19th, 2017

Homework

  1. Find the following words and expressions in chapter 3 and use a dictionary to find their meanings.
    1. beastly (“Digory explained how beastly Uncle Andrew had been.”)
    2. bother (“Oh bother Uncle Andrew.”)
    3. pluck (“He never had the pluck to come here himself.”)
    4. do listen (“No, do listen.”)
    5. No thanks. (“And get caught by Uncle Andrew and have our rings taken away before we’ve had any fun. No thanks.”)
    6. gassing (“Well don’t keep on gassing about it.”)
    7. blast (“Blast and botheration!”)
    8. game (“I’m game if you are.”)
  2. Read chapter 4. (Don’t write your summary yet. You will write a summary in class next week. )

Today’s class

  1. Chapter 3 MCQs and checking of answers. You can download the worksheet here: MN_MCQ_ch3

“The Wood between the Worlds,” said Polly dreamily. “It sounds rather nice.” (TMN, chapter 3).

The Wood between the Worlds has touched many people’s imaginations, not only Polly’s. The picture below is one artist’s impression of that place described in chapter 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis.

The picture below was painted by American artist Jef Murray, who painted many other Narnia pictures.Click here to visit his website and see more.

Click the picture below to see more. pictures by other artists on the theme of “The Wood between the Worlds”.

Have any events or objects or people in the story so far inspired your imagination? Which ones?

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WS1, week 4, May 12th 2017

Homework

Read chapter 3 and write a short summary of the key  events.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing:
    1. Why am I in this class?
  2. Mini-lecture on how to write a book report (common mistakes)
  3. Chapter 2 MCQs and checking of answers.

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WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish ch. 1 MCQs
  2. Read chapter 2  of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  3. write a short summary of chapters 1 & 2
  4. Choose another easy reading book from the list. Read it. Write a short report :
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese  – if it is a famous novel, you will find this easily with a bit of research)
    3. Author . Some books are original stories. But many books are famous novels re-written for English students (like you).  In that case, write the name of the author of the original story, not the easy-reading version.
    4. 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 from reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What  book did you read for homework?
  2. Chapter 1 multiple-choice quiz.

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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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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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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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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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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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