Category Archives: 2014 Writing Strategies

WS2, wk15, January 23rd 2015

Today’s class

  • Hand in your final essay
  • Answer any 5 of these questions:
    1. Why does Lewis give Uncle Andrew’s godmother the name Mrs LeFay?
    2. What was Atlantis?
    3. Why did Aslan create Narnia?
    4. Why did Aslan give some, but not all, animals the gift of speech?
    5. Why did Lewis use two children, a boy and a girl, as his main characters?
    6. Why did Lewis make Jadis evil yet also beautiful and strong?
    7. Why are the first Narnian King and Queen ordinary people, not special or important people?
    8. Why does Aslan not punish Digory for bringing Jadis into Narnia but instead gives him a task to do?
    9. Why is Digory responsible for bringing Jadis into Narnia?
    10. Why does Digory not listen to Jadis but brings the apple back to Aslan?

I enjoyed teaching you these semester. Enjoy this life.

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WS2, wk14, January 16th 2015

Today’s class

Today we will practice writing an autobiography and citations.

I will also answer student questions about their specific essay.

Next week (Jan. 23rd) will be the last class, and essays must be handed in on this day.

Homework

  • Finish writing your essay.
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

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WS2, wk13, January 9th 2015

Makeup class is tomorrow, Saturday, January 10th at the usual time and in the usual classroom.

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay title if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

Today’s class

  1. A presentation about the Magic Rings by Ms. Nakaoka and Tatami.
  2. Why write an essay  in English?
    1. To encourage you to ask the question why.
    2. An essay is not a report: it expresses your opinions (with reasons) or it tries to persuade the reader to accept a new idea or point of view.
    3. It forces you to clarify your thoughts and to learn how to express your thoughts clearly in English.
  3. Basic essay format
    1. Review the format in the MLA Style guidebook.
      1. Notice: double-spacing, nice big indents, no blank lines between paragraphs, and the format for the bibliography.
    2. Download the sample template here: Sample_Essay_template

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Best wishes for 2015

IMG_0242Best wishes to you all for 2015 and I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday. I look forward to seeing you on January 9th.

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WS2, wk12, December 19th 2014

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay topic  if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.
  • here’s a link to my CS Lewis resource page on this website.
  • Here’s another list of books by or about CS Lewis, both in English and in Japanese  CSLewis_booklist2

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on Polly and Digory by Ms. Fukushima and Yamada.
  2. Presentation on the Narnia countries by Isoda and Kimura.
  3. We watched the end of the movie “Shadowlands”, the story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.
  4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzSb-PHEMOc

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WS2, wk11, December 12th 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Choose your essay topic by next week December 19th.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation by Ms. Ito, Okada and Toshikawa on “Talking Animals in the Narnia series and other stories”
  2. Presenation by Ms. Kamada and Matsuda on “Narnia and the Bible”.
  3. More of the movie “Shadowlands” about C.S. Lewis’ relationship with Joy Davidman.
    1. In today’s episode, Lewis brings Joy home and they sleep toegether in the same room for the first time. Joy is in remission from her cancer, but nobody knows when it will come back. They attended the May Morning httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-GqywtJQc4 and visited the Golden Valley. goldenvalleygoldenvalley2Lewis had done neither of these things in his life before, but Joy suggested it and they did it. They have a short but happy time together. Then Joy’s cancer returns. There is nothing that the doctors can do. She returns to Lewis’ home in Oxford, this time on a stretcher.
    2. We watched the movie from 1:30:30 to 1:55:00 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzSb-PHEMOc#t=6781

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WS2, wk10, December 5th 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation
  • Start thinking about your essay topic.

NB: the makeup class for cancelled week 6 will be on January 10th, not December 13th or 20th.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation by Ms. Sakurai and Shintani on “The relation between Christianity and Lewis”
  2. Presenation by Ms. Honda and Jinno on “C.S. Lewis’ Life”.
  3. More of the movie “Shadowlands” about C.S. Lewis’ relationship with Joy Davidman.
    1. In today’s episode, Lewis realizes rather late that he is actually in love with Joy, even though he originally married her to be helpful, not because he loved her. Now that she is dying of cancer, he becomes more and more attached to her. He visits her in hospital every day. He takes care of her son Douglas. Eventually, he proposes to Joy and they are married in a simple ceremony in the hospital.
    2. On one of his train journeys, he meets his old student who has now become a teacher. They have a drink together.
    3. 1:16:43 to 1:30:30
    4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzSb-PHEMOc

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WS2, wk9, November 28th 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation
  • Start thinking about your essay topic.

NB: the makeup class for cancelled week 6 will be on January 10th, not December 13th or 20th.

Today’s class

  •  Presentation on “The Birth of Narnia” by Ms. Kuba, Matsumura & Miyamoto.
  • Presentation on “Uncle Andrew’s Experiment” by Ms. Oze and Tsuchida.
  • Watched more of the movie “Shadowlands”, up to where Joy learns she has cancer and is not expected to live long.
  • Write your comment about today’s presentations and movie (from 1:00:00 to 1:16:28)

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WS2, wk8, November 14th 2014

Homework

  • Short essay questions for chapter 7
  • Prepare your presentation

NB: the makeup class for cancelled week 6 will be on January 10th, not December 13th or 20th.

Today’s class

  •  Model answers to the short essay questions for chapter 6.
  • Watched more of the movie “Shadowlands”, up to where “Jack” marries Joy.
  • httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzSb-PHEMOc#t=1165

 

 

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WS2, wk7, November 7th 2014

Homework

Prepare your presentation.

Today’s class

  1. Model answers to the short essay questions for chapter 5.
  2. Watched the beginning of the movie “Shadowlands”.
  3. httpv://youtu.be/tzSb-PHEMOc

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