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C.S. Lewis resource page

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Writing Strategies session #3: Friday, May 7th, 2010

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  1. Writing: answer questions about chapter 1.
  2. Answer questions about chapter 2.
  3. Answer questions about chapter 3.

Homework:

  1. Read the dedication, and answer these questions:
    1. How old is “too old for fairy tales”?
    2. How old is “old enough to start reading fairy tales again”?
    3. Who was Lucy Barfield?
  2. What is a fairy-tale? How is it different from other genres, e.g. fantasy, myth, legend? Write three paragraphs. Write your paper using the “Student Paper” format I showed you last time (see last time’s handout). It can be typed or hand-written, and should be double-spaced.
    1. give examples of well-known fairy-tales, including fairy-tales you read (or had read to you) as a child,
    2. give examples of typical fairy-tale characters and themes,
    3. and compare fairy-tales with other genres, such as traditional stories. For example, are Japanese traditional stories 昔話 fairy-tales? Why, or why not?
  3. Visit the C.S. Lewis Resource page, click on the different links, listen to C.S. Lewis’ voice, leave a comment.
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Writing Strategies session #2: Friday, April 23rd, 2010

  1. Read and translate and answer oral questions on chapter 1.
  2. Academic writing: writing for the reader
    1. Proper format for written academic paper
    2. handout #1
    3. Write your name and date on a piece of looseleaf paper, using the format in the handout #1
    4. Re-write your self-introduction for the reader:
      1. Where were you born? Where in Japan is it?
      2. What is it famous for? (If you use Japanese words, explain them for the reader).
    5. Proper MLA style for referencing book titles (MLA handbook, page 3
    6. Write the title of our textbook using this MLA style, on your looseleaf paper.
  3. Assignment #2 (for session 3, May 6th):
    1. Finish reading chapter 1.
    2. Write a summary in Japanese of chapter 1 in 5 sentences.
    3. Leave a comment on this blog, with the title of the book(s) you have read from cover to cover in English. Include a link to the book (e.g. on Amazon Japan) using the HTML tag you learned in this class, so that other readers can find out more about the book.

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Thank you for your comments and emails

Day 212: The Modern American Family Gathering
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Dear Writing Strategies students,

Thank you for your emails and comments. I checked them 07:15, Thursday April 22nd. You can still send me an email and leave a comment (please do, if you have not done so already). It will be counted next week.

Your comment does not appear immediately: I must approve it first. I do that when I next go online (about once a day). So if your comment does not immediately appear, please do not write another one. It will appear the next day.

To protect your privacy, do not write your full name on this blog. (I edited some comments to leave just the family name.)

Today, it is raining. I hope you enjoyed the weather last week. I look forward to seeing you all in class tomorrow, April 23rd.

(By the way, this picture has nothing to do with Writing Strategies, but I just liked it! The title is “The Modern American Family Gathering”.)

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Welcome to the Writing Strategies I class blog

Dear DWC Writing Strategies I students. This is the class blog for students of Sheffner’s class in the academic year 2010. Please bookmark this blog. It will contain valuable information about this class, about your assignments and useful links related to your studies. Here I will post lesson plans and assignment details. Bookmark this site and visit regularly, or add it to your reader by clicking the RSS feed link here –> in the right-hand sidebar. –>

Assignment #1:

  1. Please leave a comment. First-time comments only can be in English or Japanese. Click on “Comments” below.
  2. Send me an email introducing yourself. Send the email by 23:59 Wednesday April 21st. My email address is on the handout.
  3. Read the first chapter of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

I look forward to seeing you in the first class, Friday, April 16th.

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Sayonara




Precious Nuts

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To all the students of Research in English ID / IID and Interactive Writing I/II, farewell. I enjoyed teaching you, and I learned a lot. Best wishes in all things.

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Interactive Writing II Session #14: January 15th, 2010

Cover of "Little Plum"
Cover of Little Plum

Today is the last class before the final exam (next Friday, Jan. 22nd).

  1. Hand in your re-written report comparing “Little Plum” with a representative, Japanese children’s story.
  2. Complete the “Little Plum” quiz.
  3. Hand in any other outstanding assignments.
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Research in English II Session #14: January 15th, 2010

Today is the last class before the final exam.

  1. Hand in your re-written report #2
  2. Finish the Australia quiz
  3. Hand in any other work outstanding.

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Interactive Writing II Session #13: January 8th, 2010

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  1. Important announcement: the makeup class on January 19th has been canceled. Instead there will be class as usual on Friday, January 15th.
  2. Returned reports (“Comparison between ‘Little Plum‘ and (your chosen Japanese story)
  3. What does “compare” mean?  Compare – requires an answer that sets items side by side and shows their similarities and differences. A balanced (fair, objective) answer is expected.
  4. A fair comparison. Is comparing a novel with a picture book a fair comparison? Is comparing a novel with a movie a fair comparison? Is comparing a novel with a cartoon or manga a fair comparison?
    1. If you make an unfair comparison, you will draw false conclusions (as some of you did).
  5. Review of the criteria I use to evaluate your writing
    1. conventions of writing: sentence and paragraph structurepunctuation, etc.
    2. Vocabulary: rich, precise, correctly used.
    3. Grammar: basic and advanced structures, word order
    4. Organization: logically organized, correct use of paragraphs
    5. Originality: have you used your own words? Do you have interesting ideas or approaches?
    6. Academic writing:
      1. formal register:
        1. avoid “I”; your writing should be impersonal and objective;
        2. avoid contractions like “don’t”;
        3. instead of “And”, use “Moreover” or “In addition”.
        4. instead of “But”, use “However,”
        5. instead of “So”, use “Therefore,”
        6. be precise in your use of words
      2. citations (“according to ….”, (Krashen, 2003), etc.
      3. references / bibliography, including websites (give the name of the website as well as the URL, e.g. “Research, Reading & Writing http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/ and the date visited
      4. opposing arguments (both sides of an issue)
      5. logical thinking
  6. Quiz on Little Plum (we will finish this next class).
    1. Why did Belinda climb the ilex tree?
    2. Who saw “Little Plum” first?
    3. Who does Little Plum belong to?
    4. Who named Little Plum?
    5. What was the first “present” that Belinda asked Nona to make for Little Plum?
    6. What did Belinda use to get across to Gem’s window?
    7. What was written in the first letter Belinda wrote to Gem (not the one where she said sorry for crashing into Gem while roller-skating, but the one she wrote when she gave Gem her first “present”)?
    8. What did Gem write in reply?
    9. What did Gem do with Belinda’s first “present”?
    10. What was Belinda’s second “present”?
    11. What was Belinda’s message with her second present?
    12. What did Gem do with the second present, and what message did she write?
    13. What was Belinda’s third present to Gem, and what message did she send with it?
    14. What was Gem’s response? (What was her message and what did she do?)
    15. What was Belinda’s fourth present, and what message did she send with it?
    16. What was Gem’s response? (What did she do and what was her message?)
    17. What was Belinda’s fifth present and message?
    18. What was Gem’s response?
    19. What did Belinda do next?
    20. Who won the fight?
    21. Who helped Belinda safely off the ladder and how?
    22. Was Belinda punished? How? Why?
    23. Do you think Belinda should have been punished? How would you punish Belinda?
    24. Why did Belinda ask Mr. Twilfit for advice?
    25. What was Mr. Twilfit’s advice?
    26. When is the Japanese Festival of Dolls?
    27. Who was the surprise guest at the Doll’s Festival?
    28. What did Gem think of Belinda’s messages?
    29. What will Belinda teach Gem
    30. What will Gem let Belinda do?
  7. Details of the final exam:
    1. There will be 2 questions:
      1. a choice of 1 of 3 topics for a paper
      2. some questions about the story of “Little Plum”.
      3. You can bring anything into the exam room.
      4. You will need to prepare your paper before the day of the exam, and bring suitable materials.
  8. Homework:
    • Re-write your essay comparing Rumer Godden‘s novel for children Little Plum with a Japanese children’s story. You must
      1. write the full references for the two books you use (using the MLA style)
      2. make a fair comparison (i.e. compare a novel with a novel, not with a movie or a cartoon)
      3. use a formal, academic register (do not use slang, do not use contractions like “don’t”, etc)
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Research in English II Session #13: January 8th, 2010

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Welcome back, everyone, to the first of our last two classes in 2010.

Important announcement: the makeup class scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 13th has been cancelled. Instead, there will be class as usual on Friday, Jan. 15th.

Here is the lesson plan for today:

  1. I return the remaining #2 reports.
  2. Review of the criteria I use to evaluate your writing
    1. conventions of writing: sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, etc.
    2. Vocabulary: rich, precise, correctly used.
    3. Grammar: basic and advanced structures, word order
    4. Organization: logically organized, correct use of paragraphs
    5. Originality: have you used your own words? Do you have interesting ideas or approaches?
    6. Academic writing:
      1. formal register:
        1. avoid “I”; your writing should be impersonal and objective;
        2. avoid contractions like “don’t”;
        3. be precise in your use of words
      2. citations (“according to ….”, (Krashen, 2003), etc.
      3. references / bibliography, including websites and the date visited
      4. opposing arguments (both sides of an issue)
      5. logical thinking
  3. What does “discuss” mean?  Discuss – requires an answer that explains an item or concept, and then gives details about it with supportive information, examples, points for and against, and explanations for the facts put forward. It is important to give both sides of an argument and come to a conclusion.
  4. Topics for January, and details of the final exam.
  5. Australia quiz. Who or what are these (answer in 1 or 2 sentences):
    1. Alice Springs
    2. the Great Barrier Reef
    3. Canberra
    4. Stolen generation
    5. White Australia policy
    6. Pavlova
    7. vegemite
    8. Lamingtons
    9. RFDS
    10. Uluru
    11. Broome
    12. Bush tucker
    13. didgeridoo
    14. APEC
    15. What does Australia export apart from beef?
    16. How many foreign students does Australia have?
    17. Where did the new settlers who came to Australia in 2001-2 come from?
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