Category Archives: 2018 WS

WS2: Week 10, December 6th, 2018

Homework

Write a bibliography list using the APA style (see links below and also on the resource page) for the following books we read in this class this semester:

  • Emily by Michael Bedard
  • The Important Book by  Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by  Frank L. Baum
  • Gotta Go! Gotta Go!  by Sam Swope
  • Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Today’s Class

For language-learning, you need:

  • Input (listening to or reading English that you understand 90% of)
  • Output (speaking or writing, using the English you have learned)
  • Feedback (do you get your meaning across?)

Answer these questions: In order to learn or to improve your English academic writing, what specific

  1. input
  2. output
  3. feedback

do you need?

We read some summaries of “Emily” on Amazon.com and on Goodreads.com

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WS2: Week 9, November 30th, 2018

Homework

Summarize the story of how Dorothy meets the Tin Woodman and his story of how or why he became a tin man.
(Click the video below to watch the Tin Man episode, which begins at the 40:44 mark.)

Today’s class

  1. Write a summary in your own words about Emily Dickinson, using the “Afterword” of the book “Emily” and the Wikipedia and other pages that we read.
  2. We watched a bit of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” and read most of the chapter “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman”, from the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

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WS2: Week 8, November 16th, 2018

Homework

No class next week (23rd). Next class will be Nov. 30th.

Write four paragraphs about these four themes in “Miss Nelson is Missing”, using your answers to the worksheet questions, as demonstrated in class:

  1. Respect
  2. Fear
  3. Identity
  4. Deception

Today’s class

  • Finished reading “Emily”
  • Complete your summary of the story.
  • A sample summary of “Miss Nelson is Missing” and the beginning of the paragraph about the theme of respect in that story:
    • “Miss Nelson is Missing” is an illustrated children’s story about an elementary school teacher called Miss Nelson who cannot control her class. One day, she comes up with a plan. The next day, Miss Nelson does not come to school and instead of her there is a Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Swamp dresses in black, is very strict, gives lots of homework and makes the kids study hard. The kids did not respect Miss Nelson, but they are afraid of Miss Swamp and do as they are told. I (do not) think this means they respect her…. (to be continued for homework).

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WS2: Week 7, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018

Homework

Write a summary of the part of “Emily” we read in class today.

Today’s class

  • “Miss Nelson is Missing” worksheet: answer the questions about “Identity” and “Deception”.
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about your writing (continued next week)

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WS2: Week 6, November 2nd, 2018

Homework

  • “Miss Nelson is Missing” worksheet, section 2 “Fear”, answer all the questions (1-9).

Today’s class

  • Read “Miss Nelson is Missing” together.
  • Summarize the story.
  • Answer the worksheet questions, section 1 “Respect”.
  • In groups of 4, compare your answers and report the different opinions or answers to each question.

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WS2: WEEK 5, OCTOBER 26TH, 2018

Homework

None

Today’s class

  • Compare your worksheet question answers with classmates in small groups.
  • Report your and your classmates’ answers in writing.
  • 1-2-1 conferencing to discuss your summaries of “Frederick” and “Gotta Go!” stories.

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WS2: WEEK 4, OCTOBER 19TH, 2018

Homework

Worksheet for “Frederick” by Leo Leonni

Today’s class

  1. Checking grammar for answers to “Gotta Go, Gotta Go!” worksheet
  2. “Frederick” by Leo Leonni
  3. Summarize the story in your own words.

 

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WS2: Week 3, October 12th, 2018

Homework

  • Summarise the story “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!”

Today’s class

  1. Correction of student sentences.
  2. In groups, report the different opinions about one of the “Frog and Toad” questions.
  3. Reading of “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” story, and started answering the worksheet questions. To be continued next week.

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WS2: Week 2, October 5th, 2018

Homework

  • Write the story of “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” as far as we read in class.
  • The theme of “Dragons and Giants” was ‘bravery’. What is an important theme of this story, do you think?

Today’s class

  1. Read again the story of Frog and Toad “Dragons and Giants”
  2. Worksheet questions:
    1. Write your answers to the worksheet questions
    2. discussion with classmates in small groups
    3. Write a short comment about the discussion
  3. New story: “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!”

 

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WS2: WEEK 1, September 28th, 2018

Hi, and welcome to Writing Strategies 2. I hope you enjoyed the summer vacation. I made a short trip to Lake Biwa and Nagano. How about you? You can let me know in the comments.

In this semester, we will continue reading simple stories in English. We will also focus on discussing the stories in English and writing reports of our discussions, in preparation for the final essay which will be due on the last class, Jan. 25th, 2019.

We will read new stories as well as read again some stories from last semester.

There is no textbook for this class.

Homework

  • None.

Today’s class

What is academic writing?
Why Sheffner does not count attendance when calculating students’ final grade
  • In my British university, there was
    • No attendance taken
    • no credit system, instead, there was a test/exam system:
      • a test at the end of the first year
      • “finals” at the end of the 3rd (final) year
      • no graduation certificate, but instead a degree certificate
    • Therefore I don’t put much emphasis on attendance but rather on the work that you do.
    • If you miss a class find out what we did (see this blog) and do the work
Academic writing
  • Plato’s academy
    • Not a school, more a community of learners, people who like to discuss and think about big questions, e.g. “what is a good person? How to live a good life?” etc.
  • Scientific revolution (Europe, 16th/17th centuries
    • Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, etc.
    • Questioning: is the earth really the centre? If so, there must be objective, sensory evidence.
      • I.e. looking for more than religious belief
Story
The Important Book (photocopies)
  • Read
  • Fill in the table
  • What is the meaning of “the important thing”?
  • Do you agree?
Pick 1 or 2 objects from the list that you disagree with and write what you think is the important thing about it.
Dragons and Giants (from Frog and Toad Together)
  1. Read the story and give the rough meaning in Japanese
  2. Fill in the story matrix.

Write a short comment about today’s class.

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