Category Archives: 2016 WS

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).

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)

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?

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?

WS2, week 7, November 4th, 2016

Homework

  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading List (click here to download: ws_easy_reading_library_list ),
  • read it
  • write a short report
    • Title
    • Author
    • Main characters
    • Key points of story
  • Bring your report to class to report to your classmates next week

Today’s class

  1. In groups of 4, discuss
    1. Your impressions of “The Magician’s Nephew”
    2. The highlights?
    3. What other stories (English or Japanese) does it remind you of? Why (give examples.)
    4. Is the book’s message positive, negative or neutral? Why? (Gives examples.)
    5. The message of the story “The Pot with the Hole”
    6. The main teachings of TMN
    7. The characteristics of the 4 main characters of TMN, with examples.
      1. Aslan
      2. Digory
      3. Jadis
      4. Uncle Andrew

 

WS2, week 6, October 28th, 2016

Homework

None

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to MCQs for chapter 15.
  2. Review your homework.
  3. Story vs message.
  4. “The Pot with the Hole”. What’s the message?
  5. TMN
    1. What is the book trying to teach?
    2. What are the characteristics for
      1. Aslan?
      2. Digory?
      3. Jadis?
      4. Uncle Andrew?
    3. What is the meaning or purpose in the story of each of these characters?
    4. What is the message of TMN? Write in 1 or 2 sentences.