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Writing Strategies II, Session #12: December 24th, 2010

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

Today is presentation day.  What should be in your presentation? Read the instructions here: Children’s story presentation outline.

Thank you to all of you who presented today and last week. All these stories are classics of English-speaking culture.

Homework: Finish reading “The Magician’s Nephew” and answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 13, 14 and 15.

The Nativity

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ is called “the Nativity”. The Nativity story appears in only two of the four Gospels – in Matthew and in Luke.

The postcard above shows the Three Wise Men (also called the Magi) following the big star to the town of Bethlehem where Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn.

The table below (from Wikipedia)  shows the main events in the Nativity story

NumberEventMatthewMarkLukeJohn
1Annunciation  Luke 1:26-38 
2Visitation of Mary  Luke 1:39-56 
3Joseph’s 1st dreamMatthew 1:20-21   
4Birth of JesusMatthew 1:18-25 Luke 2:1-7 
5Annunciation to the shepherds  Luke 2:8-15 
6Adoration of the shepherds  Luke 2:16-20 
7Infant Jesus at the Temple  Luke 2:21-38 
8Star of BethlehemMatthew 2:1-2   
9Adoration of the MagiMatthew 2:3-12   
10Joseph’s 2nd dreamMatthew 2:13   
11Flight into EgyptMatthew 2:13-15   
12Massacre of the InnocentsMatthew 2:16-18   

Preceding events

Nativity of Jesus

Follow on events

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Writing Strategies II: Children’s Story Report

Children’s Story Reports.

What should you write in your report? Here is my outline. Read it carefully. This will tell you how to write your report.

Your report can be in either English or Japanese (English reports may get more points but they must be comprehensible).

  1. What is the title of your story in English and in Japanese?
  2. Who are the main characters? Don’t just tell us their names. E.g. “The main characters are a family of four London children who go to live with a Professor who lives in a big house in the country. The other characters are a wicked witch, and various talking animals, including a lion called Aslan.”
  3. Where and when does the story take place? E.g., “The story takes place in England during the Second World War. The four children are sent away from London to avoid the war. In the Professor’s house they discover a wardrobe which is a gate to a magical world called Narnia, where a wicked witch rules and it is always winter and never Christmas.”
  4. Give a short summary of the story (main points only). E.g., “A wicked witch rules Narnia where it is always winter. The real ruler of the country, however, is Aslan the lion. There is a prophecy that he will return. Another prophecy says that the witch’s rule will end when four human children sit on the four thrones of the castle in Narnia called Caer Paravel. When the witch hears that a human child has entered Narnia and that that child has 3 brothers and sisters, she decides to catch them and kill them. Some animals help the children. One of the children, Edmund, is tempted to betray his brother and sisters to the witch. But Aslan arrives and stops this. According to the old law, the traitor must be given to the Witch. Aslan and the Witch agree that Aslan shall die instead of Edmund.  Aslan is killed. The next day, however, he returns to life. There is an older magic, he says, which says that death shall be reversed if someone offers their life for another. The four children and their animal friends and Aslan defeat the Witch in battle and she is killed. Winter is over and spring returns to Narnia. The four children become kings and queens of Narnia. Many years later as adults, they go through the door of the wardrobe, and find themselves in England once again as young children.
  5. Compare the story you read with “The Magician’s Nephew”.
    1. Is magic used in your story? How? What kind of magic? Is it good magic or bad magic, or both?
    2. Is there another world in your story, like Narnia? If so, what kind of world is it? How is it different from Narnia? How is it the same?
    3. What other similar points 共通点 are there between your story and “The Magician’s Nephew”?
  6. Did you like the story you chose? Why (or why not)? Which parts did you enjoy? Do you recommend this story to your classmates? Why (or why not)?
  7. (Optional) Add your own illustrations.

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Children’s books list

The Psammead
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Here is a list of suggested readings. This list is not yet complete. It will grow over the next few weeks as I add more titles. Please feel free to add titles in the comments. Click on the titles to read more about the book on Amazon Japan, and click on the author’s name to read more on Wikipedia.

  1. A Little Princess (Puffin Classics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. The Secret Garden 100th Anniversary by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. Five Children and It (Puffin Classics) by E. Nesbit
  4. Phoenix and the Carpet (Wordsworth Children’s Classics) by E. Nesbit
  5. The Wind in the Willows (Penguin Classics) by Kenneth Grahame
  6. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glassby Lewis Caroll
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Treasure Island (Puffin Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  11. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  12. Elidor (Collins Modern Classics) by Alan Garner
  13. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley by Alan Garner
  14. The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) by George MacDonald
  15. Phantastes by George MacDonald
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by  Jonathan Swift
  17. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  18. Around the World in Eighty Days (Puffin Classics) by Jules Verne
  19. The War of the Worlds (Penguin Classics) by H.G. Wells
  20. The Invisible Man (Signet Classics) by H.G. Wells
  21. The Jungle Books (Penguin Classics) by Rudyard Kipling
  22. Plain Tales from the Hills (Penguin Classics) by Rudyard Kipling
  23. King Solomon’s Mines (Penguin Classics) by Rider Haggard
  24. She (Oxford World’s Classics) by Rider Haggard
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