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Writing Strategies 2, session 3: October 7th, 2011

The wood between the worlds.
by timmenzies on flickr. Click the photo to visit.
wood between the worlds
The wood between the worlds. Photo by joannalynne on flickr. Click the photo to visit.

Which picture do you think is better for “the Wood between the Worlds”? Can you find a better one? If so, bring it to class.
Homework:

  1. (by email) Send me a summary of chapters 3 and 4 by midnight (23:59), Wednesday October 11th.
  2. Answer these questions about the story. Bring your answers to class:
    1. What happened when Digory saw Polly?
    2. Where did Digory and Polly think they were?
    3. How does Digory compare the Wood to the tunnel that connects the houses?
    4. Before they set off to explore the other pools, what do Polly and Digory do to make sure they can find their way home again?
    5. Explain how the magic rings work.
    6. What does the Queen point out to the children as she leads them out through the palace?
    7. What is “the Deplorable Word”?
    8. The Queen tells the children how she became Queen of Charn. Her words are like those of Uncle Andrew. How are they similar?
    9. What does the Queen want the children to do and why?

 

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Writing Strategies 2, session 2: September 30th, 2011

Today’s quiz questions about chapter 1

  1. Why did Digory come to live in London?  (A: father is in India & mother is sick.)
  2. What mistake did Polly and Digory make when going through the tunnel? (A: they came out in the wrong house.)
  3. What happened to Polly when she touched the ring? (A: She disappeared.)

Homework:

  1. What was special about uncle Andrew’s grandmother?
  2. What was uncle Andrew’s plan?

Optional questions (bonus points):

  1.   Polly & Digory explore the tunnel because they want to explore the empty house. Do you think they were right to do this?
  2. What does “narrow minded” mean ? What does Uncle Andrew mean?
  3. How did Uncle Andrew manipulate the children into doing what he wanted?

From week 1:

  1. (for week 3) Read Genesis 1~3 (in either English or Japanese) 日本語聖書検索
  2. (for week 3)  What does the Bible teach us about magic? What is God’s attitude towards magic and towards people who use magic? Read each of the following Bible verses to find the answer:
    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

What did we do in today’s class?

  1. 今日はChapter1のクイズを解いて簡単な話の流れを教科書に沿って確認し、Chapter2に入りました。
  2. I studied about chapter 1 summary last class. A concept is important to harmonize contents.
    Chapter 1's content is Polly disappeared from this countory.
    I'm looking forward to studying about chapter 2 next class.
  3. We checked about Chapter 1, and answered some questions about it.
    In addition, we looked through Chapter 2, then checked some sentences and vocabulary items.
  4. There is a lot of information in our world, so we must classify the information and define concepts. For that, we improve thinking ability in the university. For example, understanding background information for reading a book and how to use dictionary are important. It is not important what we study but how we grasp the information.
  5. 前回の授業では、3つの問題を使ってchapter1のおさらいをしました。そして、chapter2の文章を音読して、Uncle Andrew はどのような人物なのかを考えました。
  6. 30日の授業でしたこと
    チャプター1を復習してチャプター2に入りました。
    難しい単語の意味を習いました。
    内容を確認するクイズをいくつかやって答え合わせしました。
  7. 先週の授業では、まずch.1についての問題を解いた。
    そして、ch.2についての質問を教えてもらい、今週の宿題となった。
    そこから、ch.2の大まかな内容をつかむために、先生が指示した場所を読み、わからない単語や熟語をチェックした。
  8. 9月30日の授業では、chapter1のクイズをし、答え合わせをしました。そのあとchapter2に入り、順番に音読していきながら、説明を聞きました。
  9. チャプター1と2についての質問に答え、
    本文の内容を詳しく読み進めていった。
    どこが大事なポイントなのかがよく分かってよかった。
  10. Last Friday, we talked about Christianity, and we read and translated chapters 1 and 2.
  11. In last Friday’s class, we read some sentences of Chapter 1 and answered the questions about Chapter 1.
    And I’ll answer the questions about Chapter 2.

    1. What was special about uncle Andrew’s grandmother?
      She was one of the last mortals in this country who had fairy blood in her
    2. What was uncle Andrew’s plan?
      He planned the whole thing that Polly would go without knowing about the rings and then Digory would have to go after her.
    3. Polly and Digory explore the tunnel because they want to explore the empty house. Do you think they were right to do this?
      Yes, I do, because I would want to explore the empty house, too, if I was a child.
    4. What does “narrow minded” mean ? What does Uncle Andrew mean?
      That means to have a prejudiced thinking. He means his grandmother is not wrong, though many people say she is wrong.
    5. How did Uncle Andrew manipulate the children into doing what he wanted?
      He talked Polly into touching a yellow ring without telling her what would happen. Then he told Digory about the rings, and talked him into going after her. Uncle Andrew is very persuasive and cunning.
  12. We are given some questions about chapter 1 and discussed the questions. We read some parts of chapter 2 and checked some English vocabulary.
  13. In the lesson last week, we translated the textbook in Japanese, and I understood the contents.
  14. Chapter1 の解説と内容確認のためのクイズをし、chapter2 に入り大まかな説明を聞きました。
  15. In the latest class, we answered some questions from chapter 1, and read chapter 1 and 2. Also, we checked the words.
  16. We wrote answers to Ch.1 and 2 Questions. We read some of Ch.2.
    We discussed what is the most important thing to do in University: it is understanding concepts and make own ideas. We also discussed how to use dictionary and look up background information. These are important when reading.
  17. First, we learned from the teacher that Japanese culture and European culture are different. In Japan, “How do we learn?” is the point. But in Europe, “Why do we learn?” is the point. And we reviewed chapter 1 and read chapter 2. We thought about 3 questions for chapter 1 and shared ideas about Uncle Andrew’s character.

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Writing Strategies 2, session 1: September 23rd, 2011

Homework:

  1. (for week 2) Write a summary of chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew”, in English, in 5~7 sentences.
  2. email it to me by Monday 6 pm.
  3. I will correct it and return it to you by email.
  4. When you get your corrected summary back from me, post it on this blog as a comment (use your family name only)
  5. (for week 3) Read Genesis 1~3 (in either English or Japanese) 日本語聖書検索
  6. (for week 3)  What does the Bible teach us about magic? What is God’s attitude towards magic and towards people who use magic? Read each of the following Bible verses to find the answer:
    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

We also discussed, “What is Christianity? How is it different from Buddhism and other religions?”

According to the Book of Genesis, God gave the earth and everything in it to man to use:

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

This is sometimes called “dominion theology” or dominionism (see English Wikipedia entry).

Many people blame the dominion theology of Genesis for our environmental problems. [From http://www.religioustolerance.org/tomek30.htm. Accessed 2011.09.23]

What do you think?

Please read the other students’ summaries in the comments below. Which ones are good summaries?

Rowhouses
A row of town houses in London. Digory and Polly may have lived in one of these. Can you imagine the tunnel under the roof, connecting all the houses in a row? "Rowhouses" By Damian Gadal on Flickr. Perhaps nagaya in Japan is similar

 

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Sayonara!

おめでとう!
Congratulations, everyone! You finished your presentations, wrote your papers, and finished the semester!

Well done, everyone! All the presentations were interesting and well done.

 
I apologize for going overtime. Thank you for your patience.
Have a great summer vacation!

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Questions from students

I received the following questions recently about Friday’s presentations:

  1. Q: 先日のメールで”Please tell us your opinions.
    Relate the story to Japan, to Japanese young people, to
    today’s modern culture, etc.”
    と書いていましたがこれらはレポートの中か
    それともプレゼンテーションの発表のどちらに
    入れるべきですか?
    A: Both 両方とも。
  2. Q: 友達と共同で発表する際に、気をつけなければならないことや、
    発表内容に入れなければならない事柄はありますか?
    A: You both have to hand in a 2-page written report.各自、自分のレポートを提出してください

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Writing Strategies 1, session 11: July 1st, 2011

  1. Checked the vocabulary questions for chapters 9-10 on pages 28-29.
  2. Answered and checked the questions 1-5 on pages 29-30
  3. Read aloud and translated excerpts from pages 109, 110, 111, 116, 117 and 118.

Homework:

  1. Study Guide pages 30-31 (“Dig Deeper” – 8, 9, 10)
  2. Study Guide for chapters 11-12:
    1. Vocabulary (just write the Japanese translation)
    2. Answer questions 1-6 (pages 33-34).
  3. Final report topics. Students must give a final presentation on July 29th and also hand in a written paper on that day (or earlier). Choose ONE from the list of topics below (if you want to do something that is not on the list, please email me or talk to me in class). You can use Powerpoint, or make a poster or make handouts. The presentation should be about 5 – 7 minutes. The written paper should be about 2 pages of A4 (double-spaced, with a reference list 参照文献).
  4. The list below gets gradually more difficult. If you are happy with just a C grade, do one of the earlier items on the list. If you want a B you should do one of the later items, and if you want an A, you should do it all in English. 以下のリストは難しさの順番に並んでいます。<可」という成績を目指している学生は前半の項目の中から選んでもらう。「良」を目指している学生は後半の項目の中から選んでもらう。そして「優」を目指している学生は後半の項目から選んで、全て英語で(口頭発表も論文も)。
    1. Write a summary of the book.
    2. New. Write a review of the book in Japanese and post it on Amazon Japan.
    3. Draw a map of Narnia, marking where the key events take place.
    4. Mini Study Guides.
      1. List the mythological creatures and birds and animals mentioned in the book. Add your own illustrations, Japanese names and simple explanations.
      2. List all the characters in the book and give a simple analysis of each one.
      3. List the flowers and trees mentioned in the book. Add your own illustrations, Japanese names and simple explanations.
    5. Biographical reports:
      1. About Lewis’ Christian activities and work
      2. About Lewis’ university work and life
      3. About Lewis’ marriage
    6. Book reports:
      1. Another of the Narnia stories
      2. Another story by C.S. Lewis
      3. A non-fiction book by C.S. Lewis

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Writing Strategies 1, session 10: June 24th, 2011

This was a make-up session to replace April 15th.

Individual conferencing.

Students read aloud and translated excerpts from chapters 8 and 9.

The Beavers' House
The Beavers' House (from http://performingarts.about.com/od/Sets/ss/From-Shakespeare-To-Tangled-A-Conversation-With-Designer-Douglas-Rogers_9.htm)

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Writing Strategies 1, session 9: June 24th, 2011

Students worked on the Study Guide, finishing the questions for chapter 7 and 8  (pages 24-26), up to question 8, and starting to read chapters 9 and 10.

Mr. Sheffner interviewed most of the students one by one, checking their Study Guides.

Homework:

Read chapters 9 and 10, and answer the Study Guide vocabulary questions and questions 1-5 on pages 28-30.

Aslan
Aslan (from http://aslanism.tumblr.com/)

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Writing Strategies 1, session 8: June 17th, 2011

Today we translated parts of chapters 6, 7 and 8 (up to page 86).

We also checked the answers to the logic questions in the Study Guide, p. 23.

Homework:

  1. Read LWW chapters 9 and 10.
  2. Answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 7 and 8 (pages 24-26), up to question 8. Questions 9, 10 and the Writing Project are all options: you can do them if you want an A or B grade.
  3. Make sure your Study Guide is up to date. Show me your Study Guide next week.
A beaver dam
A beaver dam - this one is in Wales (photo from Beaver Information Exchange in Wales - click the photo to visit the original site)
A pair of beavers in Lake Caddo, Texas. Photo by Adam Welz. Click the photo to visit his excellent travel blog
Beavers have sharp teeth. They need them!
Beavers have sharp teeth. They need them! Photo by Milos Andera. Click to visit site.

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Student voices: What is a myth? And other questions

What is a myth?

Below are students’ answers to these questions:

  1. What is a myth? Is a myth the same as a folk-tale (昔話)? Are they different? How are they different?
  2. Is a myth different from a fairy-story, or is it the same? How are they different? How are they the same?
  3. What is the difference between a myth and an epic poem such as Heike Monogatari?
  4. What is the difference between a myth and a novel such as the Tale of Genji?
  5. What is the difference between a myth and a legend, such as The One Inch Boy?
  1. .
    1. Myth is believed by people, but folk tale is made up story.
    2. Fairy tale is a story that someone has invented and is difficult to believe.
    3. Heike monogatari is chronicle, and character really lived long time ago.
    4. Genji monogatari is love fiction.
    5. This story is juvenile reading.
  2. .
    1. I think it is different. Myth is an idea or story that many people believe
    2. I think it is different.Fairy-tale is children’s story
    3. I think it almost is the same thing.Because they show up the god.
    4. I think it is different. Myth is really story, but novel is concoction.
    5. I think it is the same thing. I think they are true story.
  3. .
    1. I think myth is describe natural human behave and feeling. Different point is telling us about god or human living. Same point is based on human.
    2. Different point is fairy tale is more funny and understandable than myth. Same point is fiction.
    3. Different point is the history is really happens or not. Same point is fiction
    4. Different point is written a historical background or not. Same point is narrativity.
    5. Different point is legend is often change the story but myth is not. Same point is involved in a place-name and faith. Continue reading Student voices: What is a myth? And other questions

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