Category Archives: 2018 WS

WS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 25TH, 2019

Today’s class

  • hand in AND email your final version
  • leave a comment about your experience of this class:
    • the good points
    • the “could-be-better” points

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WS2: WEEK 14, JANUARY 18TH, 2019

Homework

Re-write your draft 1 and email it to me as soon as possible. I will send it back to you with some final comments. Then please re-write, print out and bring your final essay to class next week.

Today’s class

Quick review of outline:

  1. Introduction – list all the books you read in this class this semester
  2. Body paragraph 1 – introduce the book title, author, date of publication, setting, main characters, story summary (short, 3-4 sentences)
  3. Body paragraph 2 – the main themes or ideas of the story
  4. Body paragraph 3 – your personal reaction
  5. Conclusion – repeat the main points of paragraphs 2, 3 and 4.
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)

One-to-one conferencing about draft #1.

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WS2: WEEK 13, JANUARY 11TH, 2019

Homework

Choose a story from the ones we have read this semester, and write your first draft of a 5-paragraph essay about it. Print it out and bring to class next week.

Essay outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph 1 – introduce the book
    1. title
    2. author
    3. date of publication
    4. setting
    5. main characters
    6. story summary (short, 3-4 sentences)
  3. Body paragraph 2 – the main themes or ideas of the story
  4. Body paragraph 3 – your personal reaction
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)
If you did not give me your homework (see here) on Friday Jan. 11th, please email it to me as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  • Sample outline for a 5-paragraph essay
  • Sample introduction and body paragraphs
    (see above) .
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about your writing.

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WS2: week 12, December 21st, 2018

Homework

For each of the stories listed below, write

  • The title and some basic information to identify the book (original publication date, country, author, etc).
  • A short summary of the story in 2~3 sentences; you may use Wikipedia or Goodreads or Amazon to help you but do not copy and paste – use your own words).
  • Some background information, e.g.
    • about the author (if famous)
    • about the illustrator (if famous)
    • anything interesting, unusual or important about the book – things that people should know about it
  • Your personal response or evaluation of it.

Here is the list of books:

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

Today’s class

  • “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We read the story together, then wrote a simple summary of the story, then read about the book on Wikipedia.
  • How to make a bibliography using the APA style, with MSWord.
    See the resource page for details and more resources.

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WS2: week 11, December 14th, 2018

Homework

  • Check the APA style guidelines for a book reference: http://bit.ly/APABooks4WS2
  • Find the information for “The Giving Tree” by Silverstein.
  • Type it up in the APA style and bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  • Watched key scenes from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.
  • Wrote down key quotes from this famous story:
    • “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!”
    • “Follow the yellow-brick road.”
    • “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
  • Found the publishing information for the movie and the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and wrote them in APA style.

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WS2: Week 10, December 7th, 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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