Category Archives: Academic Skills

AS1, week 12, July 8th, 2016

Homework

  • Read the textbook pages 33 – 6.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture on finding the topic and main idea of paragraph.
  2. Finding the main ideas of the 3 paragraphs on page 22.
    1. “In the Middle Ages, both the church and the king had great power, and this sometimes led to problems.”
    2. “There was also a fight for power between the kings and the rich men of England, and in 1215 they made King John sign the Magna Carta, a document that limited the power of the king and created a strong parliament.”
    3. “throughout the Middle Ages there were important wars between England and France, and one war – the Hundred Years War – ended after 116 years with England losing all its lands in France except Calais.”
  3. Write a topic sentence for the paragraphs on pages 28 -32.

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AS1, week 11, July 1st, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s  3 presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Write the title, topic and the main idea (in 1 or 2 sentences) of the movie you gave your presentation about.
  • Write the title, topic and the main idea (in 1 or 2 sentences) of one of the easy reading books you have read this semester.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Excalibur”, “David Copperfield” and “Bend It Like Beckham”.
  2. Mini-lecture on finding the topic and main idea of a movie, and how to present  it.
  3. Find the topic and main idea for the three paragraphs of p. 22 of the textbook.

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AS1, week 10, June 24th, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s  3 presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Write the main idea (in 1 sentence) of paragraph 2 of “The Normans” on page. 21.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, all of it, again.
  • Prepare your presentation. Download the latest presentation schedule here: AS1_Presentation_Schedule_june24

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Great Expectations” and “Jane Eyre”.
  2. Find the topic and main idea for the first paragraph of p. 21 of the textbook:
    1. topic – Harold and William (or King of English and Duke of Normandy)
    2. Key words – 1066, Saxon King Harold (died in battle), Duke William of Normandy, great battle of Hastings.
    3. Main idea – In 1066, Duke William of Normandy killed Saxon king Harold at the Battle of Hastings and became the first Norman King of England.

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AS1, week 9, June 17th, 2016

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, pages 21-23 “The Normans” and “The Middle Ages”  for a quiz next week.
  • Prepare your presentation. Download the latest presentation schedule here: AS1_Presentation_Schedule_june19

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Bridge on the RIver Kwai”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Sword in the Stone”.
  2. Open-book quiz on the “The King Buried in a Ship” and “The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings”. (p. 19-20).

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AS1, week 8, June 10th, 2016

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s presentation on “Bridge on the River Kwai”. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • All those students who did not do last week’s homework, do it by next Friday, June 17th.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, pages 19-21 for a quiz next week.
  • Prepare your presentation. Download the latest presentation schedule here: AS1_Presentation_Schedule

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Bridge on the RIver Kwai” by Ms Otome.
  2. Open-book quiz on the “A Warrior Queen” and “The Roman Occupation”. (p. 18-19).

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AS1, week 7, June 3rd, 2016

Homework

  • Using your notes from today’s presentation on “Oliver Twist” and “Elizabeth the Golden Age”, write a short paragraph for each presentation . You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, pages 16-19 for a quiz next week.
  • Prepare your presentation.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Oliver Twist” and “Elizabeth the Golden Age”.
  2. Quiz on the Tudor Period (p. 23-4).

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AS1, week 6, May 27th, 2016

Homework

  • Using your notes from today’s presentation on “A Christmas Carol”, write a short paragraph about that movie. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Students who have not chosen a movie will have a movie chosen for them.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • In preparation for next week’s presentations on “Elizabeth the Golden Age” and “Oliver Twist”, please read
    • the Tudor Period (p. 23-4)
    • Films about English Queens (p. 68),
    • Mary Queen of Scots (p. 62), and
    • The Industrial Revolution (p. 32) and The Victorian Age (p. 33)

Today’s class

  1. Presentation about “A Christmas Carol”.
  2. Discussion about
    1. As this is an English class about British history, what information do you want to hear from the presenters?
    2. How can a presentation be
      1. made more interesting?
      2. made easy to understand?
      3. organized so that the audience remembers the key points?
  3. Self-evaluation about the discussions.

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AS1, week 5, May 20th, 2016

Homework

  • Choose a movie from the list (download the list here: Brit movie List
  • Email me before next Friday to tell mewhich movie you have chosen and the names of the student(s) giving the presentation.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the first 2 pages of chapter 2 of the textbook.

Today’s class

  1. Add “Bend it Like Beckham” (starring Keira Knightley) and “King Arthur” (2004 and also starring Keira Knightley) to the movie list.
  2. Watched parts of “Excalibur” (1981).
    1. Made notes and questions.
  3. Discussion about the movie.

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AS1, week 4, May 13th, 2016

 

Homework

  • Prepare your movie presentation.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read chapter 2 of the textbook.

Today’s class

  1. Add “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth the Golden Age” to the movie list.
  2. Group discussions of student questions about page 5-6 of the textbook.

 

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AS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation on the movie “Excalibur” (Ms. Kitamura and Ms. Ariyoshi).
  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • My challenge for you is to read 15 books from this list by the end of this semester.

Today’s class

  1. Quiz on textbook pp 5-12. See page 13 Section 1 (Comprehension) and 2 (Vocabulary).
  2. Purposes for studying British history in English
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
    3. To develop your English skills of
      1. listening
      2. reading (vocabulary, grammar, idioms, etc)
      3. speaking
      4. writing
      5. presenting
        1. Be interesting
        2. easy to understand
        3. memorable
    4. Discussion about the 7 questions about Japan at the bottom of page. 13 of the textbook.
      1. Two groups:
      2. Group 1 discussed questions 1~3
      3. Group 2 listening and gave a score out of 10 for group 1’s discussion.
      4. Change: group 2 discussed questions 4~7, while group 1 listening and gave a score out of 10.

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