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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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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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AS1, week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

None.

Today’s class

  1. Remaining student presentations
  2. What can we learn about British history and/or culture from watching movies or reading British books?
    1. Facts
      1. Dates
      2. Names
    2. E.g.  “The movie ‘Diana’ focuses on Pricness Diana’s life from her marriage to her death.”
      1. Yes, but WHEN did she marry (what year) and WHEN did she die?
    3. E.g. “Pride and Prejudice” –
      1. date of the original novel
      2. date of the BBC dramatization
        1. Main actors (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle)
          1. Who is Colin Firth? What other movies has he been in?
      3. date of the most recent movie (2005)
        1. main actors’ names (Keira Knightley)
        2. Who is Keira Knightley? What other movies has she been in?
      4. List of dramatizations and movies based on “Pride and Prejudice”
    4. E.g., “Love Actually”
      1. Directed by Richard Curtis
        1. What other movies has he directed? Who acted in them?
      2. Main actors
        1. What other movies have they been in?

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WS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read the following passages from the Bible (if the original English is too difficult, by all means read it in Japanese):
    1. Exodus 7:1-8:19
    2. Deuteronomy 18:9-15
    3. Daniel 2
    4. Acts 8:9-13
    5. Acts 13:1-12
    6. Galatians 5:19-21
  2. What does the Bible say about magic?

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2
  2. Watched the English episode of a TV drama
    1. What did you learn from this video about writing successfully in English?

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AS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

Prepare a 3-4 minute presentation on any topic of US history.  You can use any topic from the textbook or from the handouts. You can use the same topic as for your New York presentation if you want (but it must be 3-4 minutes long).

  • Use PowerPoint rather than the overhead camera, for clarity
  • repeat the key points several times during your presentation.
  • Speak slowly.
  • Remember the lessons you learned from watching the video today.
    • use simple English.
    • use words that you know (if you don’t know them, your listeners probably won’t know them either).
    • use short sentences.
    • speak key words
      • loudly,
      • slowly,
      • clearly,
      • with gestures
      • point to the picture, map, illustration, etc.
      • speak with life and passion.

Today’s class

Presentations by 3 students.

We watched an episode from a famous TV drama and made notes about how to communicate key points, how to be convincing and persuasive, and how to write (and speak) in English with few mistakes.

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WS1, week 9, June 17th, 2016

Homework

  • Read chapter 7 of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  • Answer the MCQs (download the PDF here): MN_MCQ_ch7
  • Prepare your movie presentation
  • Here is the presentation schedule as of Friday June 3rd: WS1_Presentation_schedule
  • Using your notes from today’s presentations on “V for Vendetta” and “Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring”, write a short paragraph (4~6 sentences) 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
    • Challenge – 15 books this semester!

Today’s class

  1. Presentation “V for Vendetta” and “Lord of the Rings part 1”.
    1. Write some notes about the presentation content
    2. Give some written feedback to the presenters.
  2. Checked answers to MCQ chapter 6.

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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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WS2, week 9, November 27th, 2015

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • See the schedule here: WS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • See the list of topics here: TMN_Essay_topics_for_22ss
  • Next week’s presentations by Ms. Miyazaki, Matsumoto, Machii.
  • 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 15
    • Short Essay Questions

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Nomura – Digory’s big problem and how he overcomes it.
    2. Ms. Nishiyama – the climax or point of maximum tension in the story
    3. Ms. Nakayama – How Uncle Andrew changes during the story, from a sinister character to a comic one and finally to a better person.

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AS2, week 9, November 27th, 2015

Homework

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation.
  • Textbook: Read pages 25-26 and answer the questions in the textbook.
  • Review the 4th amendment in the Bill of Rights. Please bring the complete text in both English and Japanese to the next class.
  •  Ms. Okada, Ms. Izumi, Ms. Ohashi, Ms. Saga and Ms Sakurai, please prepare your presentations for next time (Dec. 4th).
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the updated presentation schedule: AS2_Presentation_Schedule (updated Nov. 27th)
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Konishi– Hawaii (related movies – Princess Ka’iulani (2009), Picture Bride (1994, Japanese men living in Hawaii are looking for Japanese wives),  The Descendants (2011, starring George Clooney).
    2. Makiyama – Star Wars and its influence on the US movie industry
    3. Nakagawa – A short history of baseball  (related movies – The Natural (a young baseball prodigy goes to Chicago to try out for a professional team, but something happens to him when he gets there), A League of their own (the first women’s baseball team), The Babe (about Babe Ruth), Mr. Baseball (an aging American baseball player comes to Japan and is not happy about it), The Rookie, (a chemistry teacher who always dreamed of being a baseball player has a chance to make his dream come true).
  2. The Louisiana Purchase – handout Louisiana_Purchase

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