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Writing Strategies II, week 11: December 14th, 2012

English: Mural depicting C.S. Lewis and images...
English: Mural depicting C.S. Lewis and images associated with his work (Aslan, Jadis, Lucy opening the wardrobe), Ballymacarrett Road, east Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lewis spent much of his childhood in northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis' stepson)...
English: Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis’ stepson) at the UK premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  1. Read chapter 13.
  2. Free writing: make personal connections between chapter 13 and your personal experiences and history and knowledge. Ask questions, etc.
  3. Type your free writing in MS Word, save the file as “WS2_MN_chap13_Name”, run spell-checker, and send it to me by email by Wednesday midnight. Your email subject should be the same “WS2_MN_chap13_Name”.
  4. Continue researching your project for your final paper, January 11th (week 13).

Today’s class:

  1. Read chapter 12. Questions:
    1. Who passes by the children in the night in chapter 12?
    2. Why does C.S. Lewis have Polly accompany Digory to get the apple, even though Aslan‘s original idea was that only Digory go?
    3. Why does Aslan give Strawberry a new name (Fledge)?
    4. Why does the cabby’s wife Nellie get a new name (Helen) when she becomes Queen of Narnia?
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Writing Strategies II, Session #13: January 7th, 2011

Happy New Year

I took this photo over New Year while visiting Horyu-ji with my family. How did you spend the New Year’s holidays?

We have two classes left, Jan. 7th and Jan. 14th, then a final exam.

Here is the lesson plan for Jan. 7th:

  1. In groups, you will check your answers to the Study Questions for chapters, 13, 14 and 15 (Study Guide pages 39-44).
  2. I will call you up individually. 
    1. Show me your answers to Study Questions for chapters 10-12 (Study Guide pages 35-38).
    2. Show me the notes you took on your classmates’ presentations, Dec. 17th and 24th (if you still have them; you can show me next week, too)


  1. Answer the “Story Structure” questions in the Study Guide, page 45
  2. Translate your presentations into English
    1. Character study, or
    2. How we treat other people, or
    3. Curiosity.
    4. Another classic English children’s story from the ealry 20th century or before.
  3. Make sure you have correctly written the bibliographical data for the children’s story you read. You will need this in the exam (Jan. 21st). Here are two examples. Yours should be exactly like this:
    1. J.R.R. Tourukin. Hobbito no bouken. Trans. Teiji Seta. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000. Print.
    2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. London: Harper Collins, 1979. Print.
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Writing Strategies II, Session #10: December 10th, 2010

mountain momiji
Mountain Japanese maple (momiji), by Sheffner

Today, we began working on the Study Guide questions for chapters 10-12. Students worked in pairs or small groups.

In addition, I talked to some of you individually about your work.
  1. Continue reading your children’s story. Presentations and papers are due Friday December 24th. That will the last chance. I will not accept late papers.
  2. Finish the Study Guide questions for the section Chapters 10-12.

Writing Strategies session #11: Friday, July 2nd, 2010

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  1. Writing. Summaries of chapters 8-11.
  2. Share the words and pictures that you researched for homework.
  3. Reading, writing. Questions for chapters 12-13.


  1. Finish writing the summaries for chapters 8-11.
  2. Answer the questions for chapters 14-15.
  3. Translate the passage below.

    “It goes beyond the expression of things we have already felt. It arouses in us sensations we have never had before, never anticipated having, as though we had broken out of our normal mode of consciousness and “possessed joys not promised to our birth.”  It gets under our skin, hits us at a level deeper than our thoughts or even our passions, troubles oldest certainties till all questions are reopened, and in general shocks us more fully awake that we are for most of our lives.” (from the Foreword to George MacDonald by C.S. Lewis)

  4. Read the Passion of Christ in the New Testament: The Passion begins at Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John 12 (see English Wikipedia here:  and in Japanese here).
  5. What are the points of similarity between Christ’s Passion and Aslan’s?
  6. Any comments about today’s class? You can leave comments here, in English or Japanese, or send me an email.
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