Interactive Writing #14: July 24th, 2009


  1. (70%) Write a book report about “Diddakoi”. Your report should be divided into four separate paragraphs.
  2. (30%) Write about either
    1. gypsies, or
    2. Rumer Godden

I want to see proof that you

  • have read the book
    • quote from the book
    • mention names, places, events in the story
  • have done some reading and research about the book and the topic
    • give the reference for the book(s), article(s), website(s), movie(s), using the MLA style
  • have thought about what you have read
    • show that you are aware of different opinions, different arguments, “for and against”.
  • have your own opinion
    • show logical thinking and independent thinking
    • show that you are not just repeating ideas or opinions that you have received from others
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Research in English #14: July 24th, 2009


  1. (50%) Write about one of the topics below (25-350 words):
    1. sheep farming
    2. deportation and convict settlers
    3. gold rush
    4. the rabbit problem
    5. the Australian constitution
    6. Australia in World War I and World War II
    7. Australian heroes
  2. (50%) Write about any Australian topic of your choice (250-350 words)

You need to show the instructor the following:

  1. That you have done some reading and research
    1. give the origin or source of your information (book title, author, publishing date, URL, etc)
  2. That you have thought about the topic
    1. you know some arguments for and against
  3. That you have your own opinion

Interactive Writing #12: July 10th, 2009

  1. Returned old papers
  2. Individual conference with each student to discuss her summary of chapter 3
  3. Homework: Report on chapters 4 & 5
  4. Next week (July 17th):
    1. vocabulary test (same as the one in April)
    2. summary of chapters 6 & 7
  5. Exam (July 24th): write a 300-500-word book report on “Diddakoi“.¬† You must show me that
    1. you have read the book (i.e. you know the story, and can give examples from it (including actual words and sentences from the book)
    2. you know something about gypsies and about Rumer Godden – i.e. you have done some background reading
    3. you have read some reviews of the book (e.g. here or here or in Japanese here)
    4. you have thought about what you have read: you have some questions or some comments about the themes in the book (themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work) (e.g. a comparison with a story with similar themes)
    5. you have your own opinion about the book – show me you are a human being not a parrot.
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Research in English #12: July 10th, 2009

  1. Checked answers to homework unit 3 part 2
  2. Some comments on multiculturalism:
    1. is multiculturalism “good”?
    2. why?
    3. “discrimination” means to tell good from bad
  3. Checked answers to page 26 T/F
  4. reading and writing: page 28 #3 – check “A” or “D”, then write your opinion about the law
  5. listening: Unit 4 – “Voting, a tough choice”
  6. Next week: I will give you another vocabulary test. This test has no effect on your final grade.
  7. Exam (July 24th): You will be asked to write about two topics from the following list:
    1. Sheep farming (in Australia, of course)
    2. Deportation and convict settlers
    3. the Gold Rush
    4. the rabbit problem (including myxamatosis)
    5. Australian constitution
    6. Australia in WWI and WWII
    7. Australian heroes
  8. Homework (for July 17):
    1. Find an essay or article about Australia
    2. summarise it in English,
    3. compare it with something similar
    4. provide the reference
    5. Unit IV part II worksheet
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Interactive Writing session #11: July 3rd, 2009

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There WILL be an examination – July 24th. (In today’s class, I said there would not be an examination: that was incorrect).

I will tell you more about the examination next class – July 10th. It will be a reading and writing exam, based on the two textbooks we have used this semester.

July 3rd lesson plan.

  1. Diddakoi“, page 24 ~ page
  2. Watch 2 sections of the movie Kes This movie was made at about the same time as the Diddakoi book was published. The main character, Caspar, is not a gypsy and he is older than Kizzy and has a brother. There are a few similarities: he has no friends (like Kizzy), is bullied (like Kizzy), and although he has a mother, she does not look after him well and they hardly ever see each other.
    1. Caspar steals a young kestrel and takes it home. Then he steals a book on falconry to learn how to train the kestrel. He trains the kestrel.
    2. We see Caspar at school, taking a sports lesson. He is not good at sports, he does not have any kit, and he is bullied by the sports teacher, who behaves rather childishly.
  3. What differences or similarities do you see between Britain of the 1970s and Japan of today?

N.B.: many of you wrote that in Britain the age of voting is 21. This is incorrect. In Britain the age at which people can vote is 18. In the movie, the librarian tells Caspar that, in order to borrow a library book, he must get the card signed by someone over the age of 21 and on the electoral roll (i.e. someone who lives in that city).


Write a report about chapter 3 of Diddakoi. Your report should be about 150 words. It must include:

  1. a summary of the main (key) points or events of the chapter
  2. an explanation of why these points or events are important for the story as a whole
  3. a comparison with another story you know, your own experience, or a news item
  4. your evaluation of the chapter: did you learn from it? If so, what? Be specific, and give details from the chapter.
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Research in English #11: July 3, 2009

Indiana Jones
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  • Poster presentation
  • Check the meaning of the following:
    1. idol
    2. idolize
    3. romantic
    4. romanticize
    5. discover
    6. invade
    7. conquer
  • Watch this short scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. What does this tell you about cultures?
  • Discuss your homework with a partner: why did various people¬†emigrate to Australia?
  • What do you think of
    1. White Australia policy?
    2. Australia’s multicultural policy?
  • Homework:
    1. For July 10:
      1. Textbook : read page 25 and answer the Comprehension questions on page 26
      2. Complete the worksheet Unit IV Part I
    2. For July 17:
      1. find a newspaper or magazine article about Australia (the article can be in either English or Japanese),
      2. summarize it,
      3. compare it with
        1. another news article
        2. a movie or story you know
        3. your own experience
        4. the case in Japan,
      4. then give your own opinion about the contents of the article
      5. Length: 150~200 words.
      6. Here are some BBC news articles about Aborigines
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