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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AS2: WEEK 6, November 2nd, 2018

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2 for a quiz next time.
  2. Start preparing your book and movie presentation. All presentations should
    1. be 4-5 minutes long,
    2. use Powerpoint or handouts
    3. include 3-5 key points
    4. include a summary of the presentation contents (given at the end)
    5. include a glossary (Japanese explanation) of key words
    6. include a list of references
    7. include some sample scene(s) from the movie and sample quotes from the book.

Today’s class

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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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AS2: WEEK 5, OCTOBER 26TH, 2018

Homework

  • If you did NOT present today, choose one of your homework questions (about chapter 1) for a presentation next week (November 2nd)
    Presentation length: 1-2 minutes
  • Choose one movie and one book from the lists and prepare a presentation about it for November. Presentations can be done anytime from Nov.  9th onwards.

Today’s class

  • Student presentations on questions about chapter 1

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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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AS2: WEEK 4, OCTOBER 19TH, 2018

 Homework

  1. Choose one of your homework questions (about chapter 1) for a presentation next week (Oct. 26th)
    1. Presentation length: 1-2 minutes
  2. Choose one movie and one book from the lists and prepare a presentation about it for November.

Today’s class

  1. Sentence correction
  2. Mini-lecture on
    1. The first Americans
      1. From Asia via the land bridge
      2. Different tribes had different lifestyles depending on the environment and climate
        1. Eskimos in the frozen north
        2. Iroquois in the forests and lakes of the East
        3. Navajo in the dry desert areas
        4. Aztecs and Mayas in what is now Mexico and Guatemala
        5. The Incas in what is now Peru and the Andes mountains
    2. The Viking colony
    3. Christopher Columbus
      1. Ponce de Leon
      2. Hernando de Soto
    4. The Virginian and Plymouth colonies

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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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AS2: Week 3, October 12th, 2018

Homework

  1. Choose one question from the list about each of the 3 sections below, research the answer and write it in one paragraph. Bring to class next week.
    1. Atlantic Coast
    2. The Midwest
    3. The Louisana Purchase
  2. Write a summary in your own words of each of the sections of the textbook below:
    1. The Midwest
    2. The Louisana Purchase

Today’s class

  1. Write and choose a question about the section “The Atlantic Coast”.
  2. Map of the 13 Colonies: fill in the names.
  3. Summarize the section “The Atlantic Coast” in your own words.

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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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AS2: Week 2, October 5th, 2018

Homework

Finish reading chapter 1 and write a research question you have about each section. Bring to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Review quiz about the origins and meaning of academic writing
  2. Textbook pages 4-5
  3. Textbook chapter 1 pp 6-7. Example questions:
    1. How many states were there at the beginning of the 19th century?
    2. What was the population of the US in 1860?
    3. Why was the first attempt at a colony in Virginia?
    4. Why was it called Virginia? Who gave it that name?
    5. Why did it fail?
    6. Why did the Founding Fathers come to Massachusetts
  4. How to write academically
    1. Start with a question (“What is a good life?”) or a doubt (“Is the earth REALLY the centre of the universe?”). YOUR question, not someone else’s.
    2. Check the meanings of key words: don’t rely on your “image” or some vague understanding. Use an English-English dictionary and try to find the root or original meaning in order to properly understand the word(s) objectively, not subjectively.
    3. What is important thing, the one, unique characterstic that makes this different from other things?
    4. Connect new knowledge to your existing knowledge, e.g. to what you know about Japanese culture and history. E.g. How big is Japan compared to the US? What was happening in Japan when the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts in 1620?
Map from https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/colonies.htm

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