Category Archives: 2015 Academic Skills

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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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?

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AS2, week 12, December 18th, 2015

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Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your essay and start planning.
    • Write a bullet list of key points you want to write about
    • Write an outline for your essay.
  • Essay requirements:
    • 1,000 – 2,000 words.
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.IMG_0242

Today’s class

Textbook:

  • Read “Clara Barton”.
    • What is the main idea of paragraph 1?
    • What is the main idea of paragraph 2?
    • What is the main idea of paragraph 3?
    • What is the main idea of paragraph 4?

 

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AS2, week 11, December 11th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your essay.
  • Textbook:
    • Read “America in the 1800s” p. 51-2 and answer the questions on page. 52
    • Read “Growth of Cities” pp 58-60 and answer the questions
    • Read “Underground Railroad” p. 60-63 and answer the questions on p. 63
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

Presentations by:

  1. Ms.Tanaka – “Teddy” Roosevelt
  2. Ms. Yamaguchi –John Steinbeck
  3. Ms. Tanigawa – Hollywood
  4. Ms. Ohashi – Clara Barton
  5. Ms. Toshikawa – Philadelphia (movie)
  6. Ms. Oya – Nike

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AS2, week 10, December 4th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation.
  • Textbook: Read “The Trail of Tears” p. 39 and “Cotton is King” p. 40 and answer the  comprehension questions on p. 41
  • Read “Henry David Thoreau” p. 47 and write a paragraph about him.
  • Review the 4th amendment in the Bill of Rights. Please bring the complete text in both English and Japanese to the next class.
  •  Ms. Ohashi, Oya, Tanaka, Tanigawa, Toshikawa and Yamaguch please prepare your presentations for next time (Dec. 11th).
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the updated presentation schedule:  AS2_Presentation_Schedule (updated Dec. 4th)
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Ms. Okada – Gone with the Wind
    2. Ms. Saga – Thomas Edison
    3. Ms. Sakurai – M&Ms
    4. Ms. Horie – John F. Kenney
    5. Ms. Izumi – A history of music in the USA.

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AS2, week 9, November 27th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation.
  • Textbook: Read pages 25-26 and answer the questions in the textbook.
  • Review the 4th amendment in the Bill of Rights. Please bring the complete text in both English and Japanese to the next class.
  •  Ms. Okada, Ms. Izumi, Ms. Ohashi, Ms. Saga and Ms Sakurai, please prepare your presentations for next time (Dec. 4th).
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the updated presentation schedule: AS2_Presentation_Schedule (updated Nov. 27th)
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Konishi– Hawaii (related movies – Princess Ka’iulani (2009), Picture Bride (1994, Japanese men living in Hawaii are looking for Japanese wives),  The Descendants (2011, starring George Clooney).
    2. Makiyama – Star Wars and its influence on the US movie industry
    3. Nakagawa – A short history of baseball  (related movies – The Natural (a young baseball prodigy goes to Chicago to try out for a professional team, but something happens to him when he gets there), A League of their own (the first women’s baseball team), The Babe (about Babe Ruth), Mr. Baseball (an aging American baseball player comes to Japan and is not happy about it), The Rookie, (a chemistry teacher who always dreamed of being a baseball player has a chance to make his dream come true).
  2. The Louisiana Purchase – handout Louisiana_Purchase

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AS2, week 8, November 13th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation.
  • Handout: Check the meaning of the quotes by Hamilton and Brutus about the Bill of Rights, and write your opinion. Download the handout here: Why the Bill of Rights
  •  Ms. Irie S., Ms. Izumi,Ms. Konishi, Ms. Makiyama and Ms Nakagawa, please prepare your presentations for next time (Nov. 27th, in two weeks).
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the updated presentation schedule:AS2_Presentation_Schedule (updated Nov. 13th)
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Aoeda – the movie “Forest Gump”
    2. Ishida – Neil Armstrong
  2. The Bill of Rights. Checked the meaning of the quotes by Hamilton and Brutus about the Bill of Rights, and students wrote their opinion. (If you were absent, download the handout here: Why the Bill of Rights

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AS2, week 7, November 6th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation.
  • Handout: Check the meaning of the quotes by Hamilton and Brutus about the BIll of Rights, and write your opinion. Download the handout here: Why the Bill of Rights
  •  Ms. Irie S., Ms. Ishida, Ms. Aoeda and Ms. Izumi, please prepare your presentation sfor next week.
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the presentation schedule:AS2_Presentation_Schedule (updated Nov. 13th)
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Egami – Slavery
    2. Honjo – the movie “Glory”
    3. Irie M.  – Thanksgiving
  2. The Bill of Rights.
    1. Rights 7-10.
    2. Federalism – a small central government and a federation of states: the united states (not United States).

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AS2, week 6, October 30, 2015

Homework (update)

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation. Tell me next week.
  • Ms.Egami, Honjo, Horie, Irie M.,  please prepare your presentation for next week.
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the presentation schedule:AS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet. Show me your list next week.
  • Bring your easy reading list and your movie list to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Arimitsu –
    2. Bando E. –
    3. Bando Y. –
  2. The Bill of Rights.
    1. How many?
      1. There were originally 10 in the Bill of Rights of December 15, 1791.Bill_of_Rights
    2. What were they? (Click on the image below to see a larger version). Click here to read the Japanese Wikipedia article, including a translation of all 10 articles.
      1. billofrights
    3. The key point about all the amendments is that they are negative rights.
      1. Amendment I
        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
      2. Amendment II
        A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
      3. Amendment IV
        The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
      4. Amendment V
        No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
      5. Amendment VI
        In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

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AS2, week 5, October 23, 2015

Homework (update)

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation. Tell me next week.
  • Ms. Aoeda, Arimitsu, Bando E. and Bando Y., please prepare a presentation for next week.
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the presentation schedule:AS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • Find the original English version of the Bill of Rights.
    • How many amendments are there?
  • Find a Japanese translation of the Bill of Rights and bring it to class.
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet. Show me your list next week.
  • Bring your easy reading list and your movie list to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook page 14, questions 1 and 3 on looseleaf.
  2. Textbook p. 17 “Check your comprehension”
  3. Textbook p. 19, A
  4. PREAMBLE to the Declaration of Independence:
    1. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  5. All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. – John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government, chapter 2.
  6. From the Japanese Constitution
    1. 第十三条 すべて国民は、個人として尊重される。生命、自由及び幸福追求に対する国民の権利については、公共の福祉に反しない限り、立法その他の国政の上で、最大の尊重を必要とする。Article 13. All of the people shall be respected as individuals. Their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness shall, to the extent that it does not interfere with the public welfare, be the supreme consideration in legislation and in other governmental affairs.

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AS2, week 4, October 16, 2015

Homework

  • Find the original English version of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Copy out the Preamble. Bring it to class.
  • Find a Japanese translation of the Preamble and bring it to class.
  • Go to library and find an easy reading  book about US history . Borrow and read the book. Note the title, author, level, period of history
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet.

Today’s class

  1. Sentences about
    1. Captain John Smith,
    2. Pocahontas
    3. William Bradford
    4. The Mayflower
    5. The Mayflower Compact
  2. Handout – capitalism vs communism: ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

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