Category Archives: 2014 WS

WS2, wk5, October 24th 2014

Homework

  1. Choose a topic for your presentation
    1. a research question you have about the Magician’s Nephew (e.g. a “why” question)
    2. about the author
    3. about another Narnia story
    4. about another story or book by the same author
    5. comparing the Magician’s Nephew with another, similar, story (in any language)
  2. Choose a partner for your presentation
  3. Choose a date for your presentation (any Friday between Nov. 7th – Dec. 19th)
  4. Answer four questions from the eight short essay questions for chapters 6 and 7 (answer at least one question from each chapter)
  5. Next class will be November 7th.
  6. Makeup class will be Dec. 13th (Saturday)

Today’s class

  1.  How to write an answer to a “why” question.
    1. Start with facts from the book (what does the text say?)
    2. Then give your interpretation but explain your reasoning as you go so the reader can follow your logical thinking steps.

 

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WS2, wk4, October 17th 2014

Homework

  1. Short-answer questions for chapter 5
  2. Short essay questions for chapter 5
  3. What might be Lewis’ purpose or meaning for the “Deplorable Word”?

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to short-answer questions for chapter 4
  2. Checked answers to short essay questions for chapter 4
  3. What is the purpose of the figures in the chamber on Charn?
  4. Why did Lewis have Polly and Digory quarrel in the chamber?

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WS2, wk2, October 3rd 2014

Homework

  1. Answer the short (1 or 2 word-answers) questions about chapter 3.
  2. Read again the answers for the “short essay questions” for chapter 1
  3. Write answers to the “short essay questions” for chapter 3.

Today’s class

  1. If you were absent last week, please read the blog.
  2. We checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2.
  3. Together, we wrote answers to the short essay questions for chapter 2.
    1. Question 5: Summarize, in your own words, how Uncle Andrew obtained the dust used for making the rings.
      1. Uncle Andrew was asked by his godmother to destroy a box that she kept secret, but instead, he kept the box. He first investigated the box and eventually learned that it came from the lost civilization of Atlantis. He then began to study magic. He then opened the box and saw the dust, and guessed that it came from another world and that it would help someone travel from world to world.
    2. Question 6: Why did Uncle Andrew need two children for his “experiment” with the rings?
      1. First, Uncle Andrew believes he is too important and too special to do dangerous things. The truth is, he is simply a coward. Secondly, he needed someone he could trick easily; an adult would not be easily tricked. Third, he planned things so that the first child (Polly) would take a ring without realizing what would happen. Then the second child (Digory) would want to rescue the first and so he would be able to give the second child instructions for returning from the other world.
    3. Question 7: What does Digory say that actually gets Uncle Andrew’s full attention and why does it have this effect?
      1. Digory says that now that the old tales about magic are true and that people like Uncle Andrew are always punished. As Uncle Andrew is something of a coward – he is not brave enough to try the rings himself – this possibility of danger or destruction really frightens him.
    4. Question 8: Why does Digory wish he was older (or bigger)?
      1. Digory wishes he were older because he wants to punch Uncle Andrew. If a child punches an adult, he will probably be punished, but if he were an adult, people would listen to his explanation. Digory is angry at Uncle Andrew for tricking Polly and manipulating him into rescuing her.

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WS2, wk1, September 26th 2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Writing Strategies 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

  • you will spend more time practicing writing , both for classwork and for homework.
  • you will discuss and write about different aspects of the story.

Homework

  1. Answer the short (1 or 2 word-answers) questions about chapter 2.
  2. Read again the answers for the “short essay questions” for chapter 1
  3. Write answers to the “short essay questions” for chapter 2.

Today’s class

  1. Essays from semester 1
  2. quizzes from semester 1 last class
  3. read and answer the short-answer questions for chapter 1
  4. Check the answers.
  5. 4 kinds of writing we will do in this semester
    1. Recount – tell what happened. This is what you wrote when you wrote the chapter summaries last semester.
    2. Describe – what kind of boy is Digory? What is Charn like? What is Jadis like?
    3. Explain – why things happened, why people acted in certain ways. E.g. “Why did Digory hit the bell in Charn?”
    4. Argue – give reasons for your opinion and persuade the reader, e.g. “Why did CS Lewis write this story? Why should young people today read this story?”

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WS1, wk15, July 25th 2014

Homework:

Enjoy your summer holidays.

Today’s class:

  1. Finished reading The Magician’s Nephew.
  2. Corrected the multiple-choice questions for chapters 14 & 15.
  3. Handed in essays.
Cover of "The Days are Just Packed" by Bill Waterson
Art by Bill Waterson

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WS1, wk14, July 18th 2014

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Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapters 14 and 15
  2. No summary writing homework. Finish writing your essay instead.
  3. Choose a topic for your essay:
    1. Write in detail about one of the characters in “The Magician’s Nephew” (TMN).
    2. Write in detail about one of the settings in TMN: Narnia, Charn, Uncle Andrew’s study, London, the Wood Between the Worlds.
    3. Write about another Narnia story and compare with TMN (similarities and differences)
    4. Write about the similarities and differences between TMN and the Bible (Genesis – the creation of the world and the temptation of Eve)

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 13.
  2. Read the key points of chapter 12 and 13:
    1. Have you ever bathed in a mountain river?
    2. Digory reads the silver words on the golden gates.
    3. Digory takes an apple, then smells it. It smells so delicious, he wants to eat one. He begins to think it may be ok to eat one.
    4. He sees the witch in the garden. She has eaten an apple. She did not come in by the gate. She has broken two of the rules.
    5. Seeing her face, Digory begins to understand the meaning of the words on the gate: “For those who steal or those who climb my wall Shall find their heart’s desire and find despair.”
    6. The witch trieds to tempt Digory to not go back to Aslan. She uses several arguments:
      1. She tells him to listen to her because she will give him some important and useful knowledge. Digory is curious, although he says he isn’t.
      2. She offers Digory to be King of Narnia with her. Digory refuses.
      3. She tells Digory the apple he has could save his mother’s life. Why does he give the apple to Aslan, when his mother needs it more? Digory says he made a promise to Aslan, and that his mother would not like him to break his promise or tell a lie.
      4. She tells Digory that no-one will ever know about his promise to Aslan. Digory can go straight home, and leave Polly here in Narnia. Suddenly, Digory knows what he must do. He will never leave Polly alone in Narnia. He escapes from the witch and delivers the apple to Aslan.

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WS1, wk13, July 11th 2014

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Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 13
  2. No summary writing homework. Start writing your essay instead.
  3. Choose a topic for your essay:
    1. Write in detail about one of the characters in “The Magician’s Nephew” (TMN).
    2. Write in detail about one of the settings in TMN: Narnia, Charn, Uncle Andrew’s study, London, the Wood Between the Worlds.
    3. Write about another Narnia story and compare with TMN (similarities and differences)
    4. Write about the similarities and differences between TMN and the Bible (Genesis – the creation of the world and the temptation of Eve)

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 12.
  2. Read the key points of chapter 11:
    1. Aslan talks to Digory and asks him if he is ready to undo the wrong he has done. Digory says he is. Aslan does not force Digory. Digory must do this of his own free will.
    2. Digory is shocked to see Aslan crying real tears. Aslan understands Digory’s sorrow.
    3. Aslan does not punish Digory for bringing Jadis into Narnia. Instead, he gives him the chance to “put things right” 正常な状態にする[戻す]
    4. Polly volunteers to accompany Digory. She does not have to go, but she wants to go.
    5. Digory offers Polly the chance to go home and eat. He is thoughtful and chivalrous. He has changed.

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WS1, wk12, July 4th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 12
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 11 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Read Genesis chapter 2 and 3 (see today’s video), and compare with chapters 10 and 11 of TMN. Write the similarities and differences.

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 11.
  2. Watched the beginning of “The Bible: In the Beginning…” about the Eve and the snake (Genesis, ch 3)
  3. Read the key points of chapter 10 and 11.

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WS1, wk11, June 27th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 11
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 10 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Read Genesis chapter 2 and 3, and compare with chapters 10 and 11 of TMN.

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 10.
  2. Watched the beginning of “The Bible: In the Beginning…” about the creation of the world (Genesis, ch 1)
  3. Listed the differences between the Bible story and the creation of Narnia.

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