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WS2: week 11, December 14th, 2018

Homework

  • Check the APA style guidelines for a book reference: http://bit.ly/APABooks4WS2
  • Find the information for “The Giving Tree” by Silverstein.
  • Type it up in the APA style and bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  • Watched key scenes from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.
  • Wrote down key quotes from this famous story:
    • “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!”
    • “Follow the yellow-brick road.”
    • “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
  • Found the publishing information for the movie and the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and wrote them in APA style.

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AS2: week 11, December 14th, 2018

Announcement

I want to have a copy of your recent Powerpoint presentation. Will those students who did not attend Saturday’s class please bring their USB with their “book and movie” presentation to class next Friday (Dec. 21st), please? Thank you. 

Homework

Redo your book and movie presentation. Makeup class will be on Saturday Dec. 15th  (not Dec. 8th as I announced in class.) For presentation guidelines, see last week’s blog post here.

Everyone must do their book and movie presentation twice. If you did your book-and-movie presentation Nov 30th or earlier, please do it again on Dec. 14th or 15th (Saturday, makeup class).

  • You must
    • include historical background and
    • say what readers can learn about American history from the movie or the book (or both).
    • Give the key points.
      • A point is “the important or essential thing”.
      • A key point is “the most important or essential thing” about the movie and the book.

Today’s class

Student “movie and book” presentations.


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WS2: Week 10, December 7th, 2018

Homework

Write a bibliography list using the APA style (see links below and also on the resource page) for the following books we read in this class this semester:

  • Emily by Michael Bedard
  • The Important Book by  Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by  Frank L. Baum
  • Gotta Go! Gotta Go!  by Sam Swope
  • Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Today’s Class

For language-learning, you need:

  • Input (listening to or reading English that you understand 90% of)
  • Output (speaking or writing, using the English you have learned)
  • Feedback (do you get your meaning across?)

Answer these questions: In order to learn or to improve your English academic writing, what specific

  1. input
  2. output
  3. feedback

do you need?

We read some summaries of “Emily” on Amazon.com and on Goodreads.com

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AS2: Week 10, December 7th, 2018

CLASS CANCELLED. Next class Friday December 14th.

Makeup class = Saturday Dec. 15th 11:00 – 12:30

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WS2: Week 9, November 30th, 2018

Homework

Summarize the story of how Dorothy meets the Tin Woodman and his story of how or why he became a tin man.
(Click the video below to watch the Tin Man episode, which begins at the 40:44 mark.)

Today’s class

  1. Write a summary in your own words about Emily Dickinson, using the “Afterword” of the book “Emily” and the Wikipedia and other pages that we read.
  2. We watched a bit of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” and read most of the chapter “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman”, from the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

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AS2: Week 9, November 30th, 2018

Homework

Prepare your book and movie presentation, if you have not done your presentation yet (today, Nov. 30th).  Dec. 7th class has been cancelled.  Makeup class will be on Saturday Dec. 15th (not Dec. 8th as I announced in class.) For presentation guidelines, see last week’s blog post here.

Everyone must do their book and movie presentation twice. If you did your book-and-movie presentation Nov 30th or earlier, please do it again on Dec. 14th.

  • You must
    • include historical background and
    • say what readers can learn about American history from the movie or the book (or both).
    • Give the key points.
      • A point is “the important or essential thing”.
      • A key point is “the most important or essential thing” about the movie and the book.

Today’s class

Student “movie and book” presentations.

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WS2: Week 8, November 16th, 2018

Homework

No class next week (23rd). Next class will be Nov. 30th.

Write four paragraphs about these four themes in “Miss Nelson is Missing”, using your answers to the worksheet questions, as demonstrated in class:

  1. Respect
  2. Fear
  3. Identity
  4. Deception

Today’s class

  • Finished reading “Emily”
  • Complete your summary of the story.
  • A sample summary of “Miss Nelson is Missing” and the beginning of the paragraph about the theme of respect in that story:
    • “Miss Nelson is Missing” is an illustrated children’s story about an elementary school teacher called Miss Nelson who cannot control her class. One day, she comes up with a plan. The next day, Miss Nelson does not come to school and instead of her there is a Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Swamp dresses in black, is very strict, gives lots of homework and makes the kids study hard. The kids did not respect Miss Nelson, but they are afraid of Miss Swamp and do as they are told. I (do not) think this means they respect her…. (to be continued for homework).

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AS2: Week 8, November 16th, 2018

Homework

  1. Write 3 paragraphs comparing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and Fred Astaire’s “Girl Hunt Ballet” music videos.  Use your own English. Don’t copy and paste.
    1. Paragraph 1 – introduce Michael Jackson.
    2. Paragraph 2 – introduce Fred Astaire
    3. Paragraph 3- compare the two music videos, focusing on the similar points.
  2. Start preparing your book and movie presentation.  All presentations must be done by the next class, Nov. 30th. There is no class on Nov. 23rd, so Nov. 30th is the last chance.  For presentation guidelines, see last week’s blog post here.

Today’s class

 

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WS2: Week 7, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018

Homework

Write a summary of the part of “Emily” we read in class today.

Today’s class

  • “Miss Nelson is Missing” worksheet: answer the questions about “Identity” and “Deception”.
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about your writing (continued next week)

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AS2: Week 7, November 9th, 2018

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2 for a quiz next time.
  2. Start preparing your book and movie presentation. All presentations must be done by Nov. 30th. There is no class on Nov. 23rd.
  3. All presentations should
    1. be 4-5 minutes long,
    2. use Powerpoint or handouts
    3. include 3-5 key points
    4. include a summary of the presentation contents (given at the end)
    5. include a glossary (Japanese explanation) of key words
    6. include a list of references
    7. include some sample scene(s) from the movie and sample quotes from the book.

Today’s class

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