WS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 11 and write something about it, either

  1. a summary
  2. your response
  3. both 1 and 2.

Today’s class

Checked student summaries of chapter 10.

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AS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose a topic of US history for your independent study
  2. If you wish, find classmates to study with.
  3. Begin your research.
  4. Read chapter 1 of “In the Heart of the Rockies” (ITHOTR). You can download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch2_v2

Today’s class

  1. Explanation of textbook: instead of a textbook, we will read and discuss together a simplified version of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies” by G.A. Henty
  2. Changes to the class:
    1. More time for one-to-one conferencing  (for giving feedback to written work and presentations)
    2. Independent study (alone or in groups)
    3. Choice as to what you produce as a result of your research.
  3. Student announcements

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WS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 10, write a summary and bring any questions you have to class next week.

Today’s class

  • Review of chapters 1-9.
  • Explanation of Cockney
  • Mythological characters in chapter 10:
    • Characters from Greek and Roman myth
    • Characters from Norse and Germanic myths
  • Start reading chapter 10

 

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AS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Update: There is no textbook for this semester. I will provide handouts in class. My apologies for the mistake.

Homework

  • Send me an email introducing yourself.
  • Leave a comment on this blog, so that I know you have visited.
    Thank you.

Today’s class

  1. What do you know about US history?
  2. What do you want to know about US history?
  3. What do you think is important to know about US history?
  4. What are “Academic Skills”?
  5. How do you want to study in this class?
  6. How do you want me to help you?
  7. Draw a map of the USA.
  8. How many states are there? List as many as you can.  Place as many as you can on your map
  9. What mountains, rivers and other natural features of the USA do you know? List as many as you can. Place them on the map.
  10. List as many cities of the USA as you can.
  11. Take a movie list (download it here: AS2_USA_movie_list_v3 )
  12. Take a book list (easy reading list). Download it here: AS2_Easy_Reading_List

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WS1: week 15, July 28th, 2017

Today’s class

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the creation of Narnia in TMN and the creation of the world as described in Genesis.
  2. Describe ONE main character from TMN. Give examples of the character’s words and behaviour from the story (give page numbers) as evidence to support your claim.
  3. C.S. Lewis, the author of TMN, wrote that his Narnia stories are fairy tales. Do you agree? Explain your answer with evidence from the text.

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AS1: week 15, July 28th, 2017

Today’s class

  1. Describe a movie or book that deals with British history. Explain what you can learn about British history from this movie or book.
  2. Describe a famous British person, explay why they are famous and how they have affected Japanese people living today.
  3. Write about any British topic you learned about this semester. Explain why it is interesting to you.

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WS1: week 14, July 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 9 of TMN and answer the MCQs (download them here:   )
  2. Read the Bible, Genesis chapters 1-3 (in Japanese).
  3. Either
    1. Bring your Bible to class next week or
    2. Print out Genesis chapters 1-3 in both English and Japanese and bring to class next week.
    3. What is the relationship between God and man in
      1. the Bible
      2. TMN?
  4. Bring all your writings for this class (assignments, MCQs, etc) to class next Friday. You will do some writing in class and you will need your textbook and your written work.

Today’s class

  1. Class survey
  2. Feedback for Sheffner
    1. Self-evaluation ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate yourself and give yourself a score out of 100 for what you have done in this class this semester (homework, presentations, reports, etc). Explain your reasons for your score.
    2. Sheffner evlauation: ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate your instructor for his work in this class this semester. Explain your reasons for your score.
    3. What did you learn in this class this semester?
    4. Any other comments – e.g. about the textbook, assignments, blog, presentations, etc.

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AS1: week 14, July 21st, 2017

Homework

Collect all your writings for this class and bring them to class next week. You will do one final piece of writing in class, using your textbook and your own writings.

Today’s class

  1. Class survey
  2. Feedback for Sheffner
    1. Self-evaluation ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate yourself and give yourself a score out of 100 for what you have done in this class this semester (homework, presentations, reports, etc). Explain your reasons for your score.
    2. Sheffner evlauation: ?/100 + reasons. Evaluate your instructor for his work in this class this semester. Explain your reasons for your score.
    3. What did you learn in this class this semester?
    4. Any other comments – e.g. about the textbook, assignments, blog, presentations, etc.

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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.

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AS1: week 13, July 14th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose four claims from chapters 4-7 in the textbook, find detailed evidence for them, and (if necessary) given an explanation.
    • This will be a written paper, in academic format.
    • Choose at least one claim of fact (e.g. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman prime minister of Britain) and at last one claim of judgement (e.g. David Beckham is the most famous English footballer).
    • List all your sources of information.
  2. Collect together all your writings for this class and bring them to the last class, July 28th. You will need them to do your final writing.

 

Today’s class

Presentations by 12 students.

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