WS1, week 8, June 9th, 2017

Homework

  1. Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation on one of the British books you’ve read or British movies you’ve watched this semester. Your presentation must include:
    • information for your classmates to find the book or movie themselves
    • a brief description of the main points of the story (but don’t tell the ending)
    • what we can learn about fantasy or fairy stories from watching/reading this.
  2. Read chapter 6 of TMN and answer the MCQs. (You can download them here: MN_MCQ_ch6.rtf

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to chapter 5 MCQs.
  2. Three questions:
    1. What other story or stories do you know that include a magic word with great power? What is the word, and what is the story?
    2. Is there any dangerous knowledge that you think humans should not use, and should be kept secret? If so, what?
    3. What do we learn about Jadis’ character from her words, her actions and her appearance in chapters 4 and 5?

Here are some images of Empress Jadis. Which is best, do you think? Can you draw a good one?

WS1, week 7, June 2nd, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 5 and answer the MCQs. You can download them here: MN_MCQ_ch6

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to chapter 4 MCQs.
  2. Discussed the relationship between Polly and Digory in this story and especially in this chapter.
  3. Questions:
    1. The reader learns something about the character of the two children from what they do and say. What have you learned about their characters from chapter 4?
    2. Write your English grammar or vocabulary questions.
    3. Write a question you have about the story so far.
  4. The story for adults by C.S. Lewis that deals with men-women relationships in a Christian marriage is called That Hideous Strength, and the Japanese translation is 「いまわしき砦の戦い―サルカンドラ 地球編 (別世界物語)」

AS1, week 7, June 2nd, 2017

Homework

Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation on one of the British books you’ve read or British movies you’ve watched this semester. Your presentation must include:

  • information for your classmates to find the book or movie themselves
  • a brief description of the main points of the story (but don’t tell the ending)
  • what we can learn about Britain from watching/reading this.

Today’s class

  1. Read chapter 3, section “Plauge, Fire and Revolution” and answer these queseitons:
    1. Why were many building srebuilt after 1666?
    2. Why did Parliament invite William of Orange to be king in 1688?
    3. Why was Bonnie Prince Charlie a problem?
    4. What was the Glorious Revolution and why was it glorious?
  2. Read chapter 3, section “England + Wales + Scotland + Ireland” and answer these questions:
    1. What two acts were passed before 1710 and why were they important?
    2. What is 10 Downing Street and why is it important?
    3. When was the Union Jack designed and why?
    4. Whose statue is in Trafalgar Square and why?
  3. Mini-lecture on the causes of the Civil War.
    1. Royalists vs Parliamentarians
    2. the idea of a parliamentary system vs a royal (monarch) system
    3. Thomas Paine was the American who went to Paris in 1790 and argued for the release of the King.
    4. The parliament and the king or queen (monarch) each want more power, so there is a constant battle between them in British history.

WS1, week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

MCQ for chapter 4 (download the file here: MN_MCQ_ch4

Today’s class

  1. Checked meaning of homework words and phrases
  2. Summary of chapter 4
    1. What kind of world is this?
      1. Colours –
        1. Dull red, dark blue, black
      2. Cold, quiet
      3. Ruined buildings
      4. No sound, no people, no animals or insects, no flowers, trees, grass or moss. No life.
      5. A strange room full of waxwork images of people
    2. What happens? (Key events only).
      1. Polly and Digory explore the world, although they do not like it very much.
      2. They find a strange room full of waxwork images. There is a bell and a hammer. Polly wants to go home without touching it, but Digory wants to hit the bell to see what happens. They fight. Digory wins and hits the bell. They hear the sound of falling buildings.

Below is one artist’s impression of Charn. How about yours?

 

AS1, week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

  • Write a brief summary of the key points in each section of chapter 3.
  • (Movie or book report if you did not do #2 yet).

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to pp 25-7.
  2. Read chapter 3, first 2 sections and answer the following questions
    1. Why did Guy Fawkes plot to kill King James?
    2. Why did the English Civil War happen?
  3. In the 17th-18th centuries, the Barbary pirates captured many white men, women and children and sold them as slaves in Barbary (see map below).

 

WS1, week 5, May 19th, 2017

Homework

  1. Find the following words and expressions in chapter 3 and use a dictionary to find their meanings.
    1. beastly (“Digory explained how beastly Uncle Andrew had been.”)
    2. bother (“Oh bother Uncle Andrew.”)
    3. pluck (“He never had the pluck to come here himself.”)
    4. do listen (“No, do listen.”)
    5. No thanks. (“And get caught by Uncle Andrew and have our rings taken away before we’ve had any fun. No thanks.”)
    6. gassing (“Well don’t keep on gassing about it.”)
    7. blast (“Blast and botheration!”)
    8. game (“I’m game if you are.”)
  2. Read chapter 4. (Don’t write your summary yet. You will write a summary in class next week. )

Today’s class

  1. Chapter 3 MCQs and checking of answers. You can download the worksheet here: MN_MCQ_ch3

“The Wood between the Worlds,” said Polly dreamily. “It sounds rather nice.” (TMN, chapter 3).

The Wood between the Worlds has touched many people’s imaginations, not only Polly’s. The picture below is one artist’s impression of that place described in chapter 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis.

The picture below was painted by American artist Jef Murray, who painted many other Narnia pictures.Click here to visit his website and see more.

Click the picture below to see more. pictures by other artists on the theme of “The Wood between the Worlds”.

Have any events or objects or people in the story so far inspired your imagination? Which ones?

AS1, week 5, May 19th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose another book or movie from the list
    1. This is report #2.  report #3. My mistake, sorry.
    2. Read it/watch it.
    3. Write a short report.
    4. Use the format shown in the April 28th blog post
      1. Double-spaced, please.
  2. Textbook pp 25-27
    1. p. 25 ①+② (write your answers in the textbook)
    2. p. 26 ③ + ④ (on looseleaf)
    3. p. 27 ①+② (in the textbook
  3. Read chapter 3 to prepare for next week’s class.

Today’s class

  1. What British movie did you watch or what British  book did you read or are you reading?
  2. Textbook p. 19-24. Check the meaning, especially the key words I wrote on the board.
  3. Mini-lecture on each section.
  4. Write a few sentences about each section.
  5. Make a timeline showing the main events from Stonehenge (BCE 2,500) to the Spanish Armada (1588).

WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  • Finish writing up the claim,evidence and reasons for the Queenie picture (download it here: Slip or Trip )
  • Rewrite your report, after reading my corrections and comments.

Today’s class

Slip or trip? The Queenie mystery.

  1. List the evidence (what you can see in the picture + the autopsy report).
  2. Write Queenie’s claim. Then list the evidence and explain if it supports Queenie’s claim or not and why or how.