Category Archives: 2014 AS

AS2, week 14, January 15th, 2016

Homework

Finish writing your essay, type it, print it out and bring it to class next week. Also, please bring your updated Easy Reading list and Movie List.

Use the essay writing checklist below:

  • Does my essay have a minimum of 1,000 words? (Not including direct quotations or my references.)
  • How many words are direct quotations?
  • Do I have at least 3 references?
  • I have not plagiarised.
  •  I have not used machine translation.
  • My references are in alphabetical order.
  • There are no Chinese characters in my essay or in my references.
  • My references are in the MLA style.

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AS2, week 13, January 8th, 2016

Homework

Write the 2nd draft of  your essay  and bring it to class.

 

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AS1, week 9, June 12th, 2015

Homework:

Prepare your presentation. Updated presentation schedule is here: ACADEMIC SKILLS 1 PRESENTATION SCHEDULE  Review these pages in the textbook for next week’s presentations:

  1. Henry VII (pp. 67-8)

    HenryVII
    Henry VII ( King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, as the first monarch of the House of Tudor.
  2. Henry VIII , especially the Reformation (pp. 68-70)

    Henryviii
    Henry VIII ( King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death in 1547. He was Lord, and later assumed the Kingship, of Ireland).
  3. Mary, Queen of Scots (pp. 77-8)
    Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart[3] or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560.
    Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart[3] or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560.
  4. Queen Elizabeth I (especially the Spanish Armada p. 73-4), Sir Francis Drake (pp. 73-4) and Language & Culture (p. 85)

    Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
    Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

Today’s class:

Presentations by

  1. Izumi – Christianity
  2. Tanaka – Vikings
  3. Yamaguchi – Who would be king?
  4. Konishi – The Book of Kells.

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As1, wk2, April 17th, 2015

Homework
Read chapter 1 “Earliest Times” and take the quiz

Today’s class
  • 10 minutes free reading
  • reading report
    • in writing
    • orally in groups
  • textbook chapter 1
    • look at the pictures
    • list words in English related to the pictures
    • look at the section titles
    • notice the dates (numbers) in the text.
  • listening: fill-in-the blanks
    • listen and fill in the blanks for an academic text about early human history.

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As2, wk15, January 23rd, 2015

Today’s class

  • Hand in your final essay
  • Take the exam

I enjoyed teaching you this semester. Please enjoy this life.

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As2, wk14, January 16th, 2015

Today’s class

Today we will practice writing an autobiography and citations.

I will also answer student questions about their specific essay.

Next week (Jan. 23rd) will be the last class, and essays must be handed in on this day.

Homework

  • Finish writing your essay.
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

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As2, wk13, January 9th, 2015

Makeup class is tomorrow, Saturday, January 10th at the usual time and in the usual classroom.

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay title if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

Today’s class

  1. Why write an essay about US history in English?
    1. To encourage you to think about the reasons why things happened in history.
    2. An essay is not a report: it expresses your opinions (with reasons) or it tries to persuade the reader to accept a new idea or point of view.
    3. It forces you to clarify your thoughts and to learn how to express your thoughts clearly in English.
  2. Basic essay format
    1. Review the format in the MLA Style guidebook.
      1. Notice: double-spacing, nice big indents, no blank lines between paragraphs, and the format for the bibliography.
    2. Download the sample template here: Sample_Essay_template

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Best wishes for 2015

IMG_0242Best wishes to you all for 2015 and I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday. I look forward to seeing you on January 9th.

Here are some statistics for this website, if you are interested: http://jetpack.me/annual-report/7785948/2014/

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As2, wk12, December 19th, 2014

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay topic  if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on chapter 29 “Black Americans”  (pp 112-5).by Ms. Kishi, Mimura and Nakagawa Yumi.
  2. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
  3. Presentation on chapter 22 “The Roaring Twenties” (pp 92-5) by Ms Nakagawa Mai, Ohashi and Shibata
  4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc7c8ZNy4f4

Key ideas:

  • non-violent resistance (also called non-violent protest or non-violent non-cooperation). From the English wikipedia page: “The modern form of non-violent resistance was popularised and proven to be effective by the Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi in his efforts to gain independence from the British.” (Read about it in Japanese here).
  • Life, liberty and property (later changed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. constitution to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”).
  • the free market ((in Japanese here) also known as “laissez-faire” (in Japanese here).
  • small government

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As2, wk11, December 12th, 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Read the textbook chapter 22 “The Roaring Twenties” (pp 92-5).
  • Read the textbook chapter 29 “Black Americans”  (pp 112-5).
  • Choose your essay topic.

 

NB: the makeup class for cancelled week 6 will be on January 10th, not December 13th or 20th.

There will be an exam at the end of the semester, on the last day of class January 23rd. It will be similar to the exam in the first semester, but a little shorter and with more choices.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on chapter 11  “North and South” (pp 44-49) by Ms. Kiyokawa, Takagi and Tange.
  2. Presentation on chapter 29 “Balance of Terror”  (pp 120-123) by Ms. Kitano, Kori and Sasaki.

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