Category Archives: Academic Skills

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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AS1, week 2, April 22nd, 2016

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog. This is a record of each week’s lesson, plus the homework. I may sometimes add related information or videos for you to watch or read. I will update this blog each Friday evening usually, and by Sunday evening at the latest.

NB:  Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.

Homework:

  1. Using the list of British movies (download the list here: Brit movie List
    1. Find and write in the Japanese title for each movie.
    2. Is the movie in the DWC library? If so, put a check mark in the right-hand column.
    3. Bring this list to class next week
  2. Read pp 5-12 in the textbook. There will be a test next week. about today’s class and your notes and questions about the video clip.
  3. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment you must
      1. Click the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post,
      2. type in your name (use your family name only for your privacy)
      3. type in your university email address (this is not public; only I can see this)

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