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WS1: Week 2, April 19TH, 2019

Homework

Send me an email using correct email format as shown in the image here: https://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/email-format/

  • Your name
  • your class
  • comments about today’s class

Today’s class

  1. Principles of academic writing (thinking academically)
    1. Ask questions BEFORE judging, deciding, writing or speaking in order to get correct and accurate information
      1. what?
      2. when?
      3. where?
      4. why?
      5. how?
      6. who?
    2. Define your terms. E.g. “define cat – what category is a cat and how is it different from other animals in the same category?”
    3. We read the first story, “The Pot with the Hole”.
    4. We wrote a summary of the story in 3 sentences.
    5. Students wrote a  response paragraph.

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AS1: Week 2, April 19TH, 2019

Homework

Send me an email using correct email format as shown in the image here: https://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/email-format/

  • Your name
  • your class
  • comments about today’s class

Today’s class

  1. Draw a map of Britain WITHOUT looking at last week’s map or using the Internet. Use your own head.
  2. Principles of academic writing (thinking academically)
    1. Ask questions BEFORE judging, deciding, writing or speaking
      1. what?
      2. when?
      3. where?
      4. why?
      5. how?
      6. who?
    2. Define your terms.
    3. Write a definition for each of the following:
      1. What is “Britain”?
      2. What is the United Kingdom?
      3. What is England?
      4. What are the British Isles?
    4. Why do you study? Watch the video below .
    5. Meaning of “liberal arts education”.
    6.   Education for free people (not for slaves)
      1. Education to train people to think for themselves and make their own judgements without relying on others (see #1 above – drawing a map of Britain)
      2. Education for self-defence, so as not to be tricked by others

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Writing Strategies I

Welcome to Sheffner’s Writing Strategies I (WS1) class.

The textbook is “Splitting the Arrow” by Prem Rawat. We will start using this from next week.

I have uploaded today’s (Friday April 12th) presentation to the resources folder. You can also download it here: WS1 2019- course intro

Homework: send me an email.

  • Introduce yourself briefly,
  • tell me what class of mine you are in and why you are taking this class
  • make a short comment about today’s class (April 12th).
  • Use a current email address that you check regularly. I will use this to contact you from time to time during the semester.

Check out the email format image if you’re not sure of the format.

I’m looking forward to this semester. See you next Friday, April 19th.

Today’s class

  • What is academic writing?
  • What is the origin of the word “academic”?
  • Who started it?
  • What are the characteristics of academic writing?
  • Key points of today’s class:
    • What? When? Where? Who? How?Why?
    • Defininitions / define your terms
    • Why study? Watch this video

Liberal Arts were originally education for free people as opposed to slaves. The first three liberal arts were 

  • grammar (correct language)
  • logic (correct thinking)
  • rhetoric (how to persuade others)

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I class. The topic is British history. I have uploaded today’s (Friday April 12th) presentation to the resources folder on Manaba. You can also download it here: AS1, 2019- course intro

Homework: send me an email.

  • Introduce yourself briefly,
  • tell me what class of mine you are in and why you are taking this class
  • make a short comment about today’s class (April 12th).
  • Use a current email address that you check regularly. I will use this to contact you from time to time during the semester.

Check out the email format image if you’re not sure of the format.

I’m looking forward to this semester. See you next Friday, April 19th.

Today’s class

  • What is academic writing?
  • What is the origin of the word “academic”?
  • Who started it?
  • What are the characteristics of academic writing?
  • Key points of today’s class:
    • What? When? Where? Who? How? Why?
    • Defininitions / define your terms
  • What is Britain?
  • Draw a map of Britain
  • The Hometown game

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WS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 25TH, 2019

Today’s class

  • hand in AND email your final version
  • leave a comment about your experience of this class:
    • the good points
    • the “could-be-better” points

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AS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 25TH, 2019

Today’s class

  • hand in hard copy of draft #2
  • 1-to-1 conferencing to discuss draft #2
  • hand in AND email your final version.
  • write a comment about your experience of this class:
    • the good points
    • the “could-be-better” points

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WS2: WEEK 14, JANUARY 18TH, 2019

Homework

Re-write your draft 1 and email it to me as soon as possible. I will send it back to you with some final comments. Then please re-write, print out and bring your final essay to class next week.

Today’s class

Quick review of outline:

  1. Introduction – list all the books you read in this class this semester
  2. Body paragraph 1 – introduce the book title, author, date of publication, setting, main characters, story summary (short, 3-4 sentences)
  3. Body paragraph 2 – the main themes or ideas of the story
  4. Body paragraph 3 – your personal reaction
  5. Conclusion – repeat the main points of paragraphs 2, 3 and 4.
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)

One-to-one conferencing about draft #1.

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AS2: WEEK 14, JANUARY 18TH, 2019

Homework

Re-write your draft 1.

Today’s class

Review of essay outline:

  1. Introduction: movie and book titles and dates, + why you chose them.
  2. Movie:
    1. genre of movie.
    2. Story summary – main characters and main events
    3. Director, main actors (if famous),
    4. Main ideas
    5. (Original story / writer)
  3. Book:
    1. Same as movie
  4. Historical background
    1. Make it clear whether you are writing about the history that is seen IN the movie or what happened when the movie was made.
    2. Give dates for events and people, and any other important information, e.g. President Kennedy, 35th president of the USA from 1961-63, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963.
  5. Conclusion: summary of what you learned, and your personal opinion.
  6. Bibliography in APA style

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WS2: WEEK 13, JANUARY 11TH, 2019

Homework

Choose a story from the ones we have read this semester, and write your first draft of a 5-paragraph essay about it. Print it out and bring to class next week.

Essay outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph 1 – introduce the book
    1. title
    2. author
    3. date of publication
    4. setting
    5. main characters
    6. story summary (short, 3-4 sentences)
  3. Body paragraph 2 – the main themes or ideas of the story
  4. Body paragraph 3 – your personal reaction
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)
If you did not give me your homework (see here) on Friday Jan. 11th, please email it to me as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  • Sample outline for a 5-paragraph essay
  • Sample introduction and body paragraphs
    (see above) .
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about your writing.

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AS2: WEEK 13, January 11th, 2019

Homework

Re-write your final “book-and-movie” essay: draft 2, using the advice and model paragraphs suggested in class today. Print it out and bring to class next week.

Essay outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph 1 – movie
  3. Body paragraph 2 – book
  4. Body paragraph 3 – what I learned about US history
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)
  1. Introduction: Tell the names of the movie and book you will write about, and the topics of each of your 3 body paragraphs.
  2. Body paragraph 1: “The movie Xxxxx was directed by Xxxxx, stars Xxxxx and Xxxxx, (was written by Xxxx) and was released by (studio name) in (year). It is about a (main character 1) and a (main character 2) who ……(summarize the story in 3-4 sentences). (Tell the main ideas of the story and relate them to US history and culture, e.g.
    1. “‘The Fountainhead’ is about talented young architect who refuses to compromise his ideals. He falls in love with a beautiful and idealistic young journalist, but she marries first his rival, then his best friend. Roark must fight against various enemies, including Ellsworth Toohey who does not want talented individuals to succeed. Roark eventually succeeds, but only after being arrested, spending some time in jail and losing his best friend.
    2. “The main themes (ideas) of the story are individualism and collectivism, showing how individualism is the basis for a healthy society and the way to the future. The story shows how all the good things of modern life are thanks to the creativity and intelligence of a few brave individuals, most of whom were laughed at or attacked, as Roark is. The story is based in New York, and the famous skyscrapers of that city are an important background to the story, as they represent hard work, intelligence, creativity and success against huge difficulties. (The Japanese title is actually “Skyscraper”). The main character, Roark, may have been based on a real American architect genius called Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) who designed the 2nd Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, parts of which can be seen in Meiji Mura near Nagoya.
If you did not give me your homework (see here) on Friday Jan. 11th, please email it to me as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  1. We watched the first few scenes of “The Fountainhead” (1949), and researched some information about the director, main actors and writer.
  2. We wrote a sample outline and some sample sentences for each paragraph.

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