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WS2: WEEK 10, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017

Homework

  • Compare Uncle Andrew and Jadis. Are they both equally evil? Explain.
  • Decide on your final project. Tell me by Dec. 22nd.

Today’s class

  1. MLA style for bibliography
  2. In-text citation (MLA style)
  3. Claim and evidence
  4. How to re-write (paraphrase or summarise) the text.

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WS2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Homework

  • How does Digory grow in this story? Compare how he is at the beginning (when he meets Polly; when Polly disappears), in the middle  (in the Wood Between the Worlds, in Charn) and at the end (meeting Aslan, in the garden). Explain why he changes.

Today’s class

1-to-1 conferencing about students’ writing.

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AS2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Announcement

No class next week (Dec. 8th). Makeup on Saturday, Dec. 9th, 3rd period (13:15-14:45)

Homework

Continue your independent study.

Today’s class

  • Remaining presentations
  • Choosing the best presentation
  • Key cultural points about American/Western thinking
    • The first European visitors and settlers
      • Why they came
      • Where they settled
    • “Who will let you build these buildings?
      • “Who will stop me?”
    • “How will you force (your customers) to accept your ideas?”
      • “I won’t force anyone. And I will not be forced.”

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WS2: WEEK 8, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 15
  2. Answer these questions:
    1. Aslan gives the children a warning. What is the warning?
    2. This chapter has a happy ending. List the good things that happen.

Today’s class

1-to-1 conferencing about students’ writing.

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AS2: week 8, November 24th, 2017

Homework

  1. Prepare your presentation (if you did not present today)
    1. Your presentation should be at least 2 minutes long
    2. Your presentation must be about some topic of USA history
  2. Continue with your independent study

Today’s class

  • Presentations by 14 students

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WS2: week 7, November 10th

Homework

  • Next class is Nov. 24th (no class next week Nov. 17th).
  • Answer these two questions about chapter 14:
    1. How will the apple that Digory brings back from the garden help protect Narnia from the Witch?
    2. What would have happened if Digory had given the apple to his mother instead of to Aslan as he had promised? Why?

Today’s class

  • Model answers to last week’s 6 questions.
  • 1-to-1 conferencing with students about their writing

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AS2: week 7, November 10th

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation for Nov. 24th.
  • Presentations can  be made with a poster or with PowerPoint.
  • Each student should present, even if you are doing a group presentation.
  • Each student’s presentation should be 3-5 minutes long.
  • The topic MUST be some topic of USA history.
    • I understand some students would like to research about present-day America – you will have a chance to do that, but not for this presentation.
  • Read chapter 5 of ITHOTR.
    • Request: to help me make suitable reading for you, I ask you to underline or mark on your copy of chapter 5  words and expressions that you need to use a dictionary for, and then show me your copy of the chapter next time. Thanks in advance.

Today’s class

  • Mini-lecture about the first Americans, the first Europeans and why so many Americans feel strongly about the right to have guns.
    • I mentioned the movie “The Seven Samurai”. This is a Japanese class. If you have not seen it, you’re missing something!
    • Here is a commercial for gun control. If you were the woman in this video, would you prefer to have a gun, or just wait for the police?

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WS2: week 6, November 3rd

Homework

  • Read Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and compare the story of temptation with the temptation story in chapter 13 of “The Magician’s Nephew”. What similarites and differences do you notice? What other things do you notice?
  • Finish today’s class questions (see below)

Today’s class

  1. Some common writing errors.
    1. Most errors are errors of logic or rhetoric, not of grammar.
  2. Questions about chapter 13:
    1. What is written on the gates to the garden?
    2. What does it mean?
    3. Why does Digory enter the garden alone?
    4. When does Digory see the bird? What effect does this have on him?
    5. How does the Witch tempt Digory and what does she want?
    6. Why does she not succeed?
  3. Individual conferencing with students about their writing.

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AS2: week 6, November 3rd

Homework

  • Read chapter 4 of ITHOTR and write something in response. Download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch4
  • Continue with your independent study and start preparing your November presentation. All students must do one presentation by the end of this month. (Nov. 24th). There are only two classes left (10th & 24th).

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture about the earliest inhabitants of the Americas.
  2. Student writing about the earliest inhabitants, based on maps and information presented by Sheffner.
    1. Who were the first people who lived in the Americas?
    2. What were the names of some of the tribes?
    3. Where did they come from and how?
  3. What food and/or plants originated in the Americas?
  4. Overview and summary of chapter 3 of ITHOTR.
  5. BONUS: Who built Machu Picchu? Watch this video. Ignore the excitable young man who talks very fast, just look at the pictures of the two very different kinds of stone walls.

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WS2: week 5, October 27th

Homework

Read chapter 14 and write something about it.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of some key points of chapter 12 and 13.
  • One-to-one conferencing with students about their writing

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