Category Archives: 2015 Writing Strategies

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.

WS2, week 14, January 15th, 2016

Homework

Finish writing your essay, type it, print it out and bring it to class next week. Also, please bring your updated Easy Reading list.

Use the essay writing checklist below:

  •  Does my essay have a minimum of 1,000 words? (Not including direct quotations or my references.)
  • How many words are direct quotations?
  • Do I have at least 3 references?
  • I have not plagiarised.
  •  I have not used machine translation.
  • My references are in alphabetical order.
  • There are no Chinese characters in my essay or in my references.
  • My references are in the MLA style.

New Year’s welcome 明けましておめでとうございます

What do you see in this photo? What do you feel when you see it? What do you imagine when you see it?

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photo credit: toru.photo.box

The Japanese for “Happy New Year” is a phrase that means congratulations on the rebirthing of the year. The year was thought to have died on Dec. 31st, and then be reborn the next day. A fortunate event, indeed, worthy of celebration, and of congratulating one’s fellow beings, those who are still around to witness it.

What does January 1st mean for you?

WS2, week 11, December 11th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • See the schedule here: WS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • See the list of topics here: TMN_Essay_topics_for_22ss
  • Next week’s presentations by Ms. Anan, Fukuhara and Nakaoka.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
    • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Inui – The Magician’s Nephew raises the topic of animal rights and animal experimentation. What attitude does the author seem to take on this topic? Use examples from the novel to illustrate your answer.
    2. Ms. Kashiwagi –In many of C.S. Lewis’s works, both fictional and non-fictional, selfishness and being self-centered is associated very strongly with evil. Explain some ways that this idea is illustrated in The Magician’s Nephew
    3. Ms. Kim – The Magician’s Nephew raises the topic of animal rights and animal experimentation. What attitude does the author seem to take on this topic? Use examples from the novel to illustrate your answer

WS2, week 10, December 4th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • See the schedule here: WS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • See the list of topics here: TMN_Essay_topics_for_22ss
  • Next week’s presentations by Ms. Kim, Kasshiwagi, Inui.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
  • Title, author, level, genre, comment

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Matsumoto – Her original world and how it is different from and similar to our world.
    2. Ms. Machii – examples of anthesis of life and death in TMN
    3. Ms. Miyazaki – one of Digory’s conflicts with another character in TMN.

WS2, week 9, November 27th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • See the schedule here: WS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • See the list of topics here: TMN_Essay_topics_for_22ss
  • Next week’s presentations by Ms. Miyazaki, Matsumoto, Machii.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
  • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  • Chapter 15
    • Short Essay Questions

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Nomura – Digory’s big problem and how he overcomes it.
    2. Ms. Nishiyama – the climax or point of maximum tension in the story
    3. Ms. Nakayama – How Uncle Andrew changes during the story, from a sinister character to a comic one and finally to a better person.

WS2, week 8, November 13th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation. (next time Nov. 27th)
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  •  Chapter 15
    • Short Essay Questions

Today’s class

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Temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Artwork by Duncan Long)

Eve-and-the-serpent

 

 

 

 

  1. Presentations by
  2. Ms. Tanaka H. – “The Cabby is chosen to be the first King of Narnia. What aspects of his character will make him a good king? “
    1. He is honest
    2. He is brave (not afraid of Jadis)
    3. He is kind to his horse
    4. He is religious
    5. He is peace-loving (he is not interested in guns, like Uncle Andrew, but more interested in the Lion and his song).
    6. He is a simple man – he prefers the countryside to the city of London (he only works in London because he cannot find work in the country).
  3. Sonoda – “Charn is where Jadis, the personification of the powers of death and destruction comes from. Describe Charn and explain how this setting is also symbolic of death and destruction”
    1. There is no life in Charn
    2. No water
    3. No grass or any green life
    4. The sun is a dull red, it is old and coming to the end of its life.
    5. At the end of the story, Aslan shows the children the dry pool which used to lead to Charn. There is no water in it now: Charn is dead.
  4. Pee – “When Jadis comes to London, she has certain cultural expectations. People in London have contrasting cultural expectations. Describe some of the culture clashes that occur when Jadis spends time in London. Consider such things as law, dress, technology, magic and gender roles, plus any other cultural clashes that you find.”
    1. She thinks everyone is her slave, to obey her.
    2. She thinks she owns everyone and everything (she takes jewelry and does not think that she has to pay for it)
    3. She rides the hansom cab in a very different way from ordinary people in our world.
    4. She loses her magic power in our world (but not her physical strength).
  5. Otome – “The mountain garden where Digory takes the Apple of Life from is intended to represent or be the Narnian equivalent of the Garden of Eden. Describe the mountain garden in your own words, and explain what it does and does not have in common with the mythical Garden of Eden. (Note: if appropriate, another mythological or legendary garden can be substituted for the Garden of Eden).”
    1. Both are gardens created by a Creator (God in the Bible, Aslan in TMN).
    2. The garden of Eden had just one rule: no eating of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge
      1. The garden in TMN has 2 rules: “Come in by the gate or not at all” and “Take of the fruit for others only” (not for yourself).
    3. In the both gardens, there is someone who tempts somone else to break a promise.
      1. In Eden, it is Satan (in the form of a snake) who tempts Eve to break her promise to God not to eat the fruit of the tree of Knowledge.
      2. In TMN, it is Jadis who tempts Digory to break his promise to Aslan.
    4. In Eden, Eve (and Adam) breaks her promise.
      1. In TMN, Digory keeps his promise (just).

WS2, week 7, November 6th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  •  Chapter 15
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • Short Asnwer questions.
    • Short Essay Questions (chapter 14)

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Tanaka F.– on comparing Victorian London with Charn and the Wood Between the Worlds
    2. Ms. Sodai – on  comparing Digory’s house at the beginning and end of the story.
  2. Christian principles are absolute; not relative, and not  “case by case”. However, there is the possibility of forgiveness while one is alive.