Category Archives: 2019 AS

AS1: Week 10, June 21st, 2019

Homework

Read my comments to your movie report draft 2. They may help you when you make your presentation.

Today’s class

Questions (if you were absent today, you can email me your answers if you wish):

  1. What did you feel was interesting about doing the movie report (finding the movie, watching it, researching, writing, uploading, everything)?
  2. What did you not like about doing your movie report?
  3. What do you want to improve in this class?
  4. How can you improve #3 and enjoy this class more? Tell me what you can do, and something I (Mr. Sheffner) can do to help you improve and enjoy more.

Instructor (model) presentation on the movie “Bend it Like Beckham”, demonstrating how to use a popular movie for learning about British history: making a presentation starts with identifying questions you have. Some of my questions were:

  1. Who is Beckham in the title? What does the title mean?
  2. Why is an Indian family living in Britain? Where did they come from? How many other “British Indians” are there living in Britain? When did they start coming? Why?
  3. Why does the story take place in Hounslow? Where is Hounslow? Is it a new town or does it have a long history?
  4. What questions do you have about this movie?
  5. What questions do you have about the British history movie you watched?

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AS1: Week 9, June 14th, 2019

Homework

  • Re-write your British history movie report and post to Manaba by next Friday’s class. Don’t forget your “Reference” page.
  • Save your document as “AS1 Movie report draft2 Your Name”.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of student movie reports
  • Watch a video about writing English composition.
  • What did you learn about writing from today’s class?

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AS1: Week 8, June 7th, 2019

Homework

Watch the British history movie you chose and write a report on it. You should include

    • a very brief summary of the story, including
      • where and when it takes place (maps and illustrations are recommended)?
      • Who are the main characters?
    • What historical facts are is the movie based on?
    • What original story is the movie based on?
    • Is the movie famous? If so, why? Director? Actors? Original story? Other reason?
    • list the movie in your “References” list according to the APA style. For details, see this reference page: Reference list – other non-print sources.

Today’s class

  • Academic writing about history includes not only facts but also explanations of human behaviour, e.g. why people acted the way they did.
    • Why did Boudicca start a rebellion against the Romans?
    • Why is she famous and popular today?
      • The Roman history of Britain, including about Boudicca, was written by Tacitus and lost after the fall of the Roman Empire, then rediscovered in the Renaissance.
      • The Romans were impressed by the Britons’ heroism and savagery.
        • Queen Elizabeth I was likened to Boudicca in a poem written in 1588.
      • There is a statue of Boudicca in London; ironic considering she and her soldiers burned the town to the ground and killed many inhabitants.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boadicea_and_Her_Daughters
      • Not everyone agrees that Boudicca was worth respect: they argue that for personal reasons she started a rebellion that involved tens of thousands of people (maybe even hundreds of thousands) and in which many innocent people were killed indiscrimately – Romans, Britons and Romano-Britons, men, women and children.
  • Timeline of British and Japanese history from the beginning of the building of Stonehenge to the end of the Anglo-Saxon period (1066).
  • How to use a movie to learn about British history (using “Great Expectations” as an example).

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AS1: Week 7, May 31st, 2019

Homework

Watch the British history movie that you have chosen. Take notes. You will write a report about it (due June 14th).

Today’s class

  1. Anglo-Saxon (Old English) poem, “The Battle of Maldon”(see video on YouTube)
    1. What words can you recognize as modern English words?
    2. What letters are not used in modern English?
  2. How to cite a YouTube video in your “References” list. Here are the guidelines:
    1. Author, A. A. [Screen name]. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.someaddress.com/full/url/
  3. Alfred the Great. Why was he called “Great”?
    1. How to cite a Wikipedia page using Microsoft Word’s citation function
  4. Excalibur (the movie) – how Arthur was born and why there’s a sword in the stone.

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AS1: Week 6, May 24th, 2019

Homework

Write up your notes about the “Dark Ages”, the Anglo-Saxon times. Upload to Manaba by Wednesday midnight as usual.  Try to use your new APA Template. You should include:

  1. When the Anglo-Saxons came,
  2. Where they came from
  3. Why they came
  4. Where they came and settled (talk about and explain Wessex, Sussex and Essex)
  5. what language they spoke
  6. A brief introduction to King Arthur and his legend
  7. The Viking/Danish invasions (when, where from, where to)
  8. King Alfred the Great (who he was, when he lived, what he did that was famous, why he is called “the Great”).
  9. If possible, use your template you made last week with APA formatting.

Today’s class

  1. Were you able to see my two files (*.htm and *.rtf) with my corrections and comments to your writing? Were they useful to you? (If you were absent from class today, please email me your answer to this question.)
  2. Release forms from students for
    1. this class
    2. for public use (including publication)
  3. Academic writing rules:
    1. Avoid non-academic language (conversational English, contractions like “don’t”,  “isn’t”, etc.)
    2. Don’t begin new sentences with “And”, “But” or “Because” but instead keep them as part of the same sentence.
    3. One paragraph, one topic. New topic, new paragraphs. Keep sentences about the same topic together.
  4. The Anglo-Saxons. Key points:
    1. Where they came from (see the maps here)
    2. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
      1. Merlin the Magician
      2. Guinevere
      3. Sir Lancelot
      4. Excalibur (Arthur’s sword)
    3. They spoke Anglo-Saxon (not Celtic, not Latin), which is also called Old English.
      1. Here is part of an Anglo-Saxon poem called the Battle of Maldon which was a battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings (Danes) which took place in 911 A.D. (The Vikings won!) Can you recognize any modern English words in this Old English text?
  1. the monk Bede and his History of the English Church (written in Latin of course because Bede was a monk) and later translated into Anglo-Saxon by King Alfred.
  2. King Alfred the Great, Danegeld, Danelaw

Bonus – Celtic videos

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AS1: Week 5, MAY 17th, 2019

Homework

  1. Create your own APA-style template. You can download the explanations here
  2. Choose a British history movie from the list. Tell me your choice next class (May 24th).
  3. After reading my corrections to your last homework (the Celts and Romans), which I will either upload to Manaba or email to you, write a new paragraph about the Romans, including the Roman invasions, Boudicca’s revolt, benefits that Romans brought to Celtic Britain and when the Romans left.

Update

I have corrected your “Celts and Romans” writing, and uploaded them to Manaba. Please take a look.

Today’s class

  1. Explanation of APA style and how to make a template.
  2. Explanation of Sheffner’s error-correction system
  3. The Romans (continued):
    1. Invasions
    2. Boudicca’s revolt
    3. Benefits that Romans brought to Celtic Britain.
      1. Hadrian’s wall (click the link to see what Hadrian’s wall looks like today)
        1. Hadrian’s wall today (short travel video)
      2. Roman baths (click the link to see what some Roman baths look like today)
      3. Roman roads
      4. Roman villas
    4. Christianity came to Britain while the Romans were there. Maybe it was brought by Roman soldiers or by Christians in Gaul. Many churches began to be built in Britain from the first century AD.
  4. Boudicca’s revolt video: Battle of Watling Street (61CE) Rome Vs British Barbarians

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AS1: WEEK 4, MAY 10TH, 2019

Homework

Using the notes you took in class today, write a paragraph in English about each of these two topics and upload to Manaba:

  • the Celts
  • the Roman invasion of Britain

Use your own English. The purpose is not to write perfect English but to use your own mind.

Today’s class

  1. Examples of student writing with comments
  2. Format and guidelines for submission of assignments
  3. Deadline is Wednesday midnight before class.
  4. We read about the Celts and the Roman invasion of Britain. Students took notes while reading and listening.

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AS1: WEEK 3, APRIL 26TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a paragraph about Stonehenge in England.
  2. Fill in the Brit movie List
    1. Write the Japanese title of the movies
    2. Check the box if the movie is in the DWC library.
    3. Bring your list to class May 10th.

Today’s class

Thinking academically:
  1. Ask questions to get correct and accurate information
  2. New question: cui bono?
  3. Definitions
    1. Categorize. E.g. England is a country in the southern part of the island of Great Britain and if is one of the four countries in the United Kingdom.
  4. We re-wrote definitions of Great Britain, the British Isles, the U.K. and England.
We read about Stonehenge and the prehistory of Britain.

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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 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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