Category Archives: Writing Strategies

WS1: week 12, July 7th, 2017

Homework

  • Choose a myth you are familiar with.
    • It can be a creation myth, but it does not have to be.
    • It can be a Japanese myth or the myth of some other culture (e.g. Tanabata)
    • If necessary, read the myth again.
    • Explain what a myth is.
    • How is it different from other types of story, e.g. a fairy tale?

Today’s class

  1. Reviewed Queenie’s claim and evidence.
  2. Looked at picture 2, “the Voluptuary” and drew inferences from the observable evidence in the picture.
  3. Look at the pictures of Jadis in TMN. What kind of person do you think she is from the information in the textbook (illustrations AND text)?
    1. Write 4 claims
    2. Support your claims with  evidence from the textbook.

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WS1: week 11, June 30th, 2017

Homework

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to ch. 8 MCQs.
  2. Presentation by Ms. Yamauchi
  3. 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.

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WS1, week 10, June 23rd, 2017

Homework

  • chapter 8 MCQs: download it here MN_MCQ_ch8
  • chapter 7 summary
  • Read a fairy story, and write a paragraph about what makes a fairy story
    • what are the characteristics of a fairy story ?
    • what makes it different from other stories?

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to chapters 6 and 7 MCQs.
  2. Summary of chapter 7

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WS1, week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

What makes a good presentation? Think about the presentations you saw in class today:

  1. which ones were good and which not so good?
  2. Why were the good ones good?
  3. Why were the not-so-good ones not so good?
  4. Be specific. Give concrete examples.

Today’s class

  • Student presentations

 

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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?

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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)」

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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?

 

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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?

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WS1, week 4, May 12th 2017

Homework

Read chapter 3 and write a short summary of the key  events.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing:
    1. Why am I in this class?
  2. Mini-lecture on how to write a book report (common mistakes)
  3. Chapter 2 MCQs and checking of answers.

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WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish ch. 1 MCQs
  2. Read chapter 2  of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  3. write a short summary of chapters 1 & 2
  4. Choose another easy reading book from the list. Read it. Write a short report :
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese  – if it is a famous novel, you will find this easily with a bit of research)
    3. Author . Some books are original stories. But many books are famous novels re-written for English students (like you).  In that case, write the name of the author of the original story, not the easy-reading version.
    4. When book published
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British from reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What  book did you read for homework?
  2. Chapter 1 multiple-choice quiz.

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