Category Archives: 2016 AS

AS2, WEEK 5, OCTOBER 21ST, 2016

Homework

  1. “In the Heart of the Rockies”.
    1. Your impressions.
      1. Interesting?
      2. Difficult?
      3. Want to read more?
  2. Make your own movie list and report. Keep all your movie reports together and separate from your other written work for this class.
    1. Write a short report (B5) about one move from the list.
      1. Title (in English)
      2. Title (in Japanese)
      3. Date you watched it
      4. Response: Start with 1 or 2 definition sentences, then write your impressions. What did you learn about US history from this movie?
    2. Write a short (B5 x 1) report about an Easy Reading book from the Easy Reading list.
      1. Title
      2. Date(s) you read  it
      3. Level
      4. Response: start with 1 or 2 definition sentences, then write your impressions of the story.  What did you learn about US history or culture from this book?

Today’s class

  1. Reviewed definition sentences about Joseph (from the movie “Far and Away”).
    1. Joseph is a young, poor, hard-working, ambitious tenant farmer on the coast of Ireland, who loves his father and also likes fighting.
  2. Checked answers to other homework questions:
    1. Show Leif Ericson’s journey on the map of the Atlantic.
    2. Who were the first Europeans?
      1. They were Vikings from Scandinavia. Leif Ericson established a colony  in 1001 in what is now Canada, but abandoned it after a few years.
    3. colony, to colonize, a colonist; a discovery, to discover, a discoverer; a coast, to coast, coastal (adjective).
    4. “In the Heart of the Rockies”.
      1. Which is cheaper to go to the US, by steamship or sailing ship?
        1. A: They are both the same.
      2. How long does it take by steamer?
        1. A: 10 days.
      3. Where does Tom get on the steamer?
        1. A: Liverpool.
      4. What is the name of Tom’s steamship?
        1. The “Parthia”.
  3. Textbook.
    1. p. 14 Before/After
    2. p. 15 Quiz before you read about New York.
  4. Projects for this 2nd semester
    1. poster presentation Dec. 2
      1. on any topic of USA history.
    2. The department will make a booklet of the best work of all students in the AS2  classes. Hand in a digital version of your best work on the last day of class, Jan. 20th.

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AS2, WEEK 4, OCTOBER 14TH, 2016

Homework

  1. On the map of Europe and the Americas,
    1. find and colour
      1. Scandinavia
      2. Spain,
      3. England
      4. France
      5. the Netherlands
    2. mark Leif Ericssons journey
  2. Who were the first Europeans who came to America? Read the handout about the Vikings, then write a definition sentence, like you did for “the first Americans”.
  3. Migration (abstract noun), to migrate (verb), a migrant (person). Write a similar list of 3 variations on these words from the handout:
    1. colonists
    2. discover
    3. coast
  4. Read pp 5-6 of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies” and answer these questions:
    1. Which is the cheaper way to America, by steamship or sailing ship?
    2. How long does it take by steamer?
    3. Where does Tom get on the steamer?
    4. What is the name of Tom’s steamer?

Today’s class

  1. What movie from the list did you warch last week?
    1. Where did you find it? (In the DWC library? At a rental store? On the internet (Hulu, Netflix, etc)?
  2. What easy-reading book have you read or started reading?
  3. Handout: the earliest Americans
    1. Definition sentence.
    2. what is a land bridge?
  4. Textbook p. 13 True/False.
  5. On your loose leaf paper, rewrite your homeowork definition sentence about Joseph (from the movie “Far and Away”).
  6. Rewrite your answer to the question about “In the Heart of the Rockies”.

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AS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

  1. Who is Joseph in the movie “Far and Away”? Write a definition of him in 1 or 2 sentences.
  2. Read pp 3-4 of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies”
    1. How much did it cost to travel the cheapest way from UK to America in those days?
  3. Find a movie from the movie list, watch it, and write a 1 or 2-sentence definition of it. Download the movie list here: as2_usa_movie_list_v2
  4. Find a book from the reading list and start reading. Download the easy reading list here:   as2_easy_reading_list
    1. The book should be “easy” for you, that means you can understand 90% without a dictionary.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook pp 4-5 quiz.
  2. Homework review
    1. Where are the following places in the UK?  (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Portsmouth
      2. Liverpool
    2. Where are the following places in the USA? (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Denver
      2. Colorado
      3. Montana
      4. California
      5. The Rockies
  3. Where and what is Portsmouth in the UK?
    1. “Portsmouth is an important port on the south coast of England.”
  4. Where and what is Liverpool?
  5. Where and what is Denver?
  6. Where and what are the Rockies?
  7. Watch the Sir Walter Raleigh scene in “Elizabeth – the Golden Age” (chapter 3).
    1. Who and what was Sir Walter Raleigh?
    2. What did he give to Queen Elizabeth and where did they come from?
  8. Watch the beginning of “Far and Away”.

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AS2, week 2, September 30th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read “In the Heart of the Rockies”
    1. Where are the following places in the UK?  (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Portsmouth
      2. Liverpool
    2. Where are the following places in the USA? (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Denver
      2. Colorado
      3. Montana
      4. California
      5. The Rockies
  2. Read the textbook pp 6-12 and make sure you understand the following topics mentioned in the text:
    1. Jamestown, Virginia (where is it?)
    2.  “Founding Fathers”
    3. “The Mayflower”
    4. The Louisiana Purchase
    5. Manifest Destiny
    6. Transcontinental Railroad

Today’s class

  1. What connections do you know between the USA and
    1. Ireland?
    2. Religious conflict in Britain?
    3. British travel and exploration?
    4. The British Industrial Revolution?
  2. What movies do you know that are based on some subject of USA history? Suggestions from today’s class were
    1. “Far and Away”
    2. “Gone with the Wind”
    3. “The Patriot”
    4. “The West Side Story”
    5. “Glory”
  3. This semester we will
    1. Do some presentations like last semester
    2. Do a little more writing than last semester
    3. Read a story about an English boy who goes to the USA at the time of the gold rush.
  4. I encourage you to read as much as you can in easy English. I will give you a list of suggested titles from the DWC “Easy Reading” library next week.

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AS1, week 15, July 29th, 2016

Today’s class

  1. Poster presentations in 2 groups.  Some photos here: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?page_id=3054  (not very good ones, I’m afraid, but I thought I’d put them up anyway.)
  2. What did you learn about British history
  3. Textbook comments
  4. Presentation comments.
  5. Easy reading comments.
  6. Grade you think you deserve.
  7. English skills improved?
  8. Other comments or suggestions

Enjoy the holidays. Enjoy this life.

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AS1, week 14, July 22nd, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your poster presentation (see the list of students and topics here, updated July 19th:   Poster Presentations
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Who is the man kneeling on the floor with his hands behind his back? What did he try to do?
  2. Why was Elizabeth I so popular?
  3. Why is there a statue of Boudicca beside the river Thames in London?
  4. After reading about Cromwell, how do you think Irish people might feel about the English and why?
  5. Why is Stonehenge so popular?
  6. In the Industrial Revolution, why did so many people move from the country to the cities to work in the factories, even though working and living conditions were often bad?

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AS1, week 13, July 15th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your poster presentation (see the list of students and topics here, updated July 19th:   Poster Presentations    Mistakes? Please email me immediately, thank you.)
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Quiz on the textbook pages 33 – 6.
  2. Class survey.
  3. Final post presentation topic assignments (see the list here: Poster Presentations

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AS1, week 12, July 8th, 2016

Homework

  • Read the textbook pages 33 – 6.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture on finding the topic and main idea of paragraph.
  2. Finding the main ideas of the 3 paragraphs on page 22.
    1. “In the Middle Ages, both the church and the king had great power, and this sometimes led to problems.”
    2. “There was also a fight for power between the kings and the rich men of England, and in 1215 they made King John sign the Magna Carta, a document that limited the power of the king and created a strong parliament.”
    3. “throughout the Middle Ages there were important wars between England and France, and one war – the Hundred Years War – ended after 116 years with England losing all its lands in France except Calais.”
  3. Write a topic sentence for the paragraphs on pages 28 -32.

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AS1, week 11, July 1st, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s  3 presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Write the title, topic and the main idea (in 1 or 2 sentences) of the movie you gave your presentation about.
  • Write the title, topic and the main idea (in 1 or 2 sentences) of one of the easy reading books you have read this semester.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Excalibur”, “David Copperfield” and “Bend It Like Beckham”.
  2. Mini-lecture on finding the topic and main idea of a movie, and how to present  it.
  3. Find the topic and main idea for the three paragraphs of p. 22 of the textbook.

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AS1, week 10, June 24th, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s  3 presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Write the main idea (in 1 sentence) of paragraph 2 of “The Normans” on page. 21.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, all of it, again.
  • Prepare your presentation. Download the latest presentation schedule here: AS1_Presentation_Schedule_june24

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Great Expectations” and “Jane Eyre”.
  2. Find the topic and main idea for the first paragraph of p. 21 of the textbook:
    1. topic – Harold and William (or King of English and Duke of Normandy)
    2. Key words – 1066, Saxon King Harold (died in battle), Duke William of Normandy, great battle of Hastings.
    3. Main idea – In 1066, Duke William of Normandy killed Saxon king Harold at the Battle of Hastings and became the first Norman King of England.

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