Category Archives: Writing Strategies

WS2: week 6, November 10th

Homework

  • Next class is Nov. 24th (no class next week Nov. 17th).
  • Answer these two questions about chapter 14:
    1. How will the apple that Digory brings back from the garden help protect Narnia from the Witch?
    2. What would have happened if Digory had given the apple to his mother instead of to Aslan as he had promised? Why?

Today’s class

  • Model answers to last week’s 6 questions.
  • 1-to-1 conferencing with students about their writing

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WS2: week 5, November 3rd

Homework

  • Read Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and compare the story of temptation with the temptation story in chapter 13 of “The Magician’s Nephew”. What similarites and differences do you notice? What other things do you notice?
  • Finish today’s class questions (see below)

Today’s class

  1. Some common writing errors.
    1. Most errors are errors of logic or rhetoric, not of grammar.
  2. Questions about chapter 13:
    1. What is written on the gates to the garden?
    2. What does it mean?
    3. Why does Digory enter the garden alone?
    4. When does Digory see the bird? What effect does this have on him?
    5. How does the Witch tempt Digory and what does she want?
    6. Why does she not succeed?
  3. Individual conferencing with students about their writing.

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WS2: week 5, October 27th

Homework

Read chapter 14 and write something about it.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of some key points of chapter 12 and 13.
  • One-to-one conferencing with students about their writing

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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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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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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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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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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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WS1: week 14, July 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 9 of TMN and answer the MCQs (download them here:   )
  2. Read the Bible, Genesis chapters 1-3 (in Japanese).
  3. Either
    1. Bring your Bible to class next week or
    2. Print out Genesis chapters 1-3 in both English and Japanese and bring to class next week.
    3. What is the relationship between God and man in
      1. the Bible
      2. TMN?
  4. Bring all your writings for this class (assignments, MCQs, etc) to class next Friday. You will do some writing in class and you will need your textbook and your written work.

Today’s class

  1. Class survey
  2. Feedback for Sheffner
    1. Self-evaluation ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate yourself and give yourself a score out of 100 for what you have done in this class this semester (homework, presentations, reports, etc). Explain your reasons for your score.
    2. Sheffner evlauation: ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate your instructor for his work in this class this semester. Explain your reasons for your score.
    3. What did you learn in this class this semester?
    4. Any other comments – e.g. about the textbook, assignments, blog, presentations, etc.

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WS1: week 13, July 14th, 2017

Homework

Collect all your writing for this class and bring them to the last class on July 28th

Today’s class

  1. We discussed the picture “The Voluptuary” and the descriptions of Jadis and how it is important to always support a claim with objective facts as evidence.
  2. We discussed the key charactersitics of a fairy tale.
  3. Writing: the characteristics of a fairy tale and of a myth.

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