Category Archives: 2014 AS

As2, wk10, December 5th, 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Read the textbook chapter 11  “North and South” (pp 44-49).
  • Read the textbook chapter 29 “Balance of Terror”  (pp 120-123).
  • Start thinking about your essay topic.

December 12th. Presentations on “North and South” (about slavery) and on “Balance of Terror” (about the Cold War).

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

There was no presentation today due to the absence of one of the presenters.

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As2, wk9, November 28th, 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Read the textbook chapter 29 (pp 120-123).
  • Start thinking about your essay topic.

December 5th. Presentation on “Balance of Terror”.

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

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on The American Revolution by Ms. Furukawa, Kano and Muraoka.
    1. The American Revolution was a war between Britain and the 13 colonies in North America which lasted from 1775-1783.
  2. Presentation on Crash and Depression by Ms. Takeda and Tanaka
    1. The Crash was a sudden fall in share prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929.
    2. The Depression was a serious economic depression which followed the Wall Street Crash and lasted from 1930 to the beginning of WWII in 1941.

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As2, wk8, November 14th, 2014

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Read the textbook chapter 7 (pp 28-31) and chapter 23 (pp 96-99).

November 28th. Presentations on Fighting for Independence and Crash & Depression.

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

Today’s class

Three presentations

  1. Inoue, Nishimori, Tahira – The American Century
  2. Okano, Sakaue, Yokoo – Cold War and Korea
  3. Hashimoto, Kashihara – Puritan New England

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As2, wk7, November 7th, 2014

Homework

Start preparing your presentation.

Today’s class

  1. Look at these pictures. Do you like them? Have you seen any of  them before? How do you feel about them? Write your response.
  2. “The Great Experiment”. What does that mean?
  3. Watch these scenes and answer the questions:
  4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjqe6cmvzPY
    1. Howard Roark is ….
    2. Peter Keating is …
    3. Henry Cameron is …
    4. Why is Roark expelled?
    5. Who tells Roark to compromise? Does he?
    6. Why does Roark refuse Keating’s help and money?
  5. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i6tr2foVtQ

As2, wk5, October 24th 2014

Homework

  • Choose a topic for your presentation.
  • Choose a partner for your presenation
  • Choose a date for your presentation
  • Start preparing your presentation
  • Presentations should be about 10-15 minutes, should include both English and Japanese, and should be interesting and easy to understand.

Today’s class

  1. Where would you look for accurate information about the past, if you were making a movie like “Far and Away”?
    1. Museums (to see what kind of clothes people wore, what tools they used, what houses they lived in, what food they ate, etc.)
    2. Newspaper archives
    3. Old posters
    4. Old photographs
    5. Diaries
  2. How do you know? Don’t trust any single source, but check your facts with other sources.

 

 

As2, wk4, October 17th 2014

Homework

  • Choose a topic for your presentation.
  • Choose who you will do the presentation with.

Today’s class

  1.  Why do we study history?
  2. How do we learn the truth?
  3. Is the movie that we watched true?
  4. Essay writing practice:
    1. What kind of house does Joseph live in? -> What kind of houses did Irish peasants live in the 19th century?
      1. They lived in stone houses with grass, straw or earth roofs (Howard; McDowall, 150)
    2. Bibliography:
      1. Far and Away. Dir. Ron Howard. Perf. Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman. Universal Studios, 1992. DVD.
      2. McDowall, David. Illustrated History of Britain, An. Edinburgh: Longman, 2010.
  5. How accurate is the movie? Did many Irish people really go to America in the 19th century? Did Irish people in New York have their own communities with “ward bosses” like in the movie? Did America really give land away for free? Did people really have duels with pistols? Would a gentleman like Chase really have a duel with a peasant like Joseph?

As2, wk2, October 3rd 2014

Homework:

  • None

Today’s class

  1. If you were absent last week, please read the blog.
  2. What kind of house does Joseph live in?
    1. Joseph lives in a house made of stone, wood and grass/straw/earth. He lives there with his two brothers and father (who dies early in the story). The house is on a hill by the sea.
  3. Why does Joseph want to kill Mr. Christie?
    1. Joseph wants to kill Mr. Christie because Mr. Christie’s representative burned his house down. Also, Joseph is angry at all landlords because another landlord (not Mr. Christie) was partly responsible for the death of Joseph’s father, and because many landlords in Ireland at that time were not Irish but English.
  4. Watch the next part of the movie (up to where Shannon plays American music on the piano).
  5. What kind of house does Mr. Christie live in?

As2, wk1, September 26th 2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Academic Skills 2.

It is almost exactly 2 months since the last class in the first semester. I hope you enjoyed your 2 months’ holiday.

This semester will be more or less the same as last semester, except that

  • the textbook is “Illustrated History of the U.S.A.” (I recommend buying a 2nd-hand one if you can).
  • we will spend more time practicing writing about historical topics, both for classwork and for homework.
  • presentations will begin later in the semester.

Homework:

  • Why does Joseph want to kill Mr. Christie, the landlord?

Today’s class

  1. Returned 1st semester essays
  2. Returned 1st semester exam
  3. Writing:
    1. Why study history?
    2. What do you know about American history? What are you interested in about American history?
  4. 4 kinds of writing we will do in this semester
    1. Recount – tell what happened
    2. Describe – what kind of clothes did people wear? What kind of work did they do? What kind of food did they eat? What kind of houses did they live in?
    3. Explain – why things happened, why people acted in certain ways
    4. Argue – give reasons for your opinion and persuade the reader, e.g. “Why study American history?”
  5. Video – watch the first few scenes from “Far and Away”, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (up to when Joseph meets Mr. Christie in the pub).
    1. What happened? Recount the story so far.
    2. What kind of house does Joseph live in? Describe it.

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