Category Archives: Writing Strategies

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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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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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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WS2, week 10, December 2nd, 2016

Homework

Short essay questions for chapter 2, questions 1 and 2 ONLY.

Today’s class

  • Short essay questions for chapter 1

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WS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read the following passages from the Bible (if the original English is too difficult, by all means read it in Japanese):
    1. Exodus 7:1-8:19
    2. Deuteronomy 18:9-15
    3. Daniel 2
    4. Acts 8:9-13
    5. Acts 13:1-12
    6. Galatians 5:19-21
  2. What does the Bible say about magic?

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2
  2. Watched the English episode of a TV drama
    1. What did you learn from this video about writing successfully in English?

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WS2, week 8, November 11th, 2016

Homework

Short answer questions for chapter 2 of TMN. Download the document here: bookrags_mn_short-answer-qs_ch1-2

Today’s class

  1. Discussed the easy-reading books that students had read for last week’s homework.
  2. Short-answer questions for chapter 1 of TMN. (Download the document here: bookrags_mn_short-answer-qs_ch1-2
  3. Watched the beginning of “Groundhog Day“.

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