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WS2: week 6, 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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WS2: week 5, 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 5, 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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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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AS1, week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

  • Write a brief summary of the key points in each section of chapter 3.
  • (Movie or book report if you did not do #2 yet).

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to pp 25-7.
  2. Read chapter 3, first 2 sections and answer the following questions
    1. Why did Guy Fawkes plot to kill King James?
    2. Why did the English Civil War happen?
  3. In the 17th-18th centuries, the Barbary pirates captured many white men, women and children and sold them as slaves in Barbary (see map below).

 

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WS2, week 6, October 28th, 2016

Homework

None

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to MCQs for chapter 15.
  2. Review your homework.
  3. Story vs message.
  4. “The Pot with the Hole”. What’s the message?
  5. TMN
    1. What is the book trying to teach?
    2. What are the characteristics for
      1. Aslan?
      2. Digory?
      3. Jadis?
      4. Uncle Andrew?
    3. What is the meaning or purpose in the story of each of these characters?
    4. What is the message of TMN? Write in 1 or 2 sentences.

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AS2, week 6, October 28th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read the handout about the 13 English colonies
  2. Write a definition sentence about
    1. the 13 colonies
    2. the New England colonies
    3. the Mid-Atlantic colonies
    4. the Southern colonies
  3. Read again chapter 3, paragraphs 1-11 (not 10), up to and including the paragraph on Greenwich Village.
    1. Write a sentence giving the key points of each paragraph, 1-11.

Today’s class

  1. Cost of steerage to the US from England in the mid-19th century?
  2. What two types of ships were there then?
  3. Which was cheaper?
  4. How long did it take?
  5. Using the information in “In the Heart of the Rockies”, write a definition sentence for “steerage”.
  6. Watch the beginning of the Chaplin silent film “The Immigrant”, and write another sentence about steerage using information from the movie clip.
  7. Read chapter 3 paragraphs 1-11 (Greenwich Village).

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WS1, week 6, May 27th, 2016

Homework

  • Read chapter 4
  • Answer the MCQs (download the PDF here): MN_MCQ_ch4
  • Answer the 2 questions below and bring your answers to the next class:
    1. As this is an English class about a British fantasy story, 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?
  • Prepare your movie presentation
  • Here is the presentation schedule as of Friday May 20th: WS1_Presentation_Schedule
  • Choose a book from the book list, find it in the library (Easy Reading section), read it, and write a short report about it. Bring your report to the next class.
    • Download the list here (Excel file): AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
    • Choose an easy book for you.
    • Easy means you can understand most of it without a dictionary.
    • Using a dictionary is OK but if you are using the dictionary all the time, the book is probably too hard for you.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation by Ms. Ito and Kawahara on the movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.
    1. Write some notes about the presentation content
    2. Give some written feedback to the presenters.
  2. Group discussions about the MCQs and individual questions about chapter 3.

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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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WS2, week 6, October 30, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  •  Chapter 14
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • Short Asnwer questions.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Yanobu – on Digory’s character
    2. Ms. Yamagami – on Uncle Andrew’s character
    3. Ms. Yamada – on whether Jadis is an evil character or not
    4. Ms. Uezawa – on Aslan as a representation of God
  2. Discussion points:
    1. Uncle Andrew broke his promise to Madam LeFay. Why? Was that foolish? Or something else?
    2. Jadis said she had to use magic (the Deplorable Word) because her sister broke their promise first and used magic. What do you think?
    3. Jadis said, “They were MY people. What were they there for other than to do my will?” What do you think? Is she right? Do those people belong to her? Can she do what she likes with them?

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