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Writing Strategies session #7: Friday, June 4th, 2010

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  1. Handout on Aristotle (A is A).
  2. Guidelines for book report #1 –
    1. in Japanese, because I want to encourage students to read other books about C.S. Lewis.
    2. presentations on June 18th. Presentations in Japanese, 2-4 minutes in length
    3. you must give me the title of the book you read using the MLA style. Here is an example. Let’s say you read this book: カスピアン王子のつのぶえ You would write, C.S.Ruisu. kasupian ooji no tsunobue. Trans. Teiji Seita. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000.
  3. Questions for chapter 6.
  4. Summary of chapter 6.
  5. Questions for chapter 7.

Homework: read chapters 8 and 9 and answer the questions. (Download the questions for chapter 8 and for chapter 9 from Google Docs.)

Write  summary of chapter 7.

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Writing Strategies session #6: Friday, May 28th, 2010

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  1. Returned last week’s homework. List of C.S. Lewis books in the DWC library – list ALL the books which are in English AND the books which are in Japanese in the library. If your homework has an X on it, please do the assignment again CORRECTLY.
  2. Chapter 4 and 5 discussion questions.
  3. Write a summary of chapter 5 (dictation).
  4. Mini-lecture: how do we know what we know?
    1. A key point in the story “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the matter of knowledge and belief.
    2. Some things we can know, some things we cannot really know, we must believe them (or not); we must either rely on and believe other people, or we mus rely on and believe our own heart or conscience.
    3. What can we know and what cannot we know? What can we know and what must we believe? How can we tell the difference?
    4. For example, is it raining now? We can know by looking out the window or opening the window. We do not need to believe. It would be stupid to believe when we can know for ourselves. We should not believe or rely on other people when we can confirm facts for ourselves.
    5. On the other hand, where are you now? In Japan? In Kyoto? How do you know? In fact, you do not know, you cannot know, you can only believe. This is Japan because everyone agrees that it is Japan. In such a case, we would waste a lot of time if we insisted on confirming for ourselves; we can save time by believing, by relying on other people.
    6. To know something for ourselves means to check, using our own 5 senses (seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting).
    7. Another way to know something instead of believing, is to use logic, as the Professor does.
    8. In chapter 6, Edmund asksPeter, “How do we know which side [the robin] is on?” It is an intelligent question. In this case, logic is not the answer. It is impossible to know, to confirm for oneself. The only thing to do is to trust one’s instinct or listen to one’s heart.


  1. Read C.S. Lewis. “It All Began With a Picture”. Of Other Worlds. Ed. Walter Hooper. Orlando: Harvest, 1975. 42
  2. Answer the questions for chapter 6 and chapter 7.
  3. If you were absent on Friday and did not hand in your homework for last week, you must either email me your homework or give it to me next Friday. Next Friday is the last day I will accept it.
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Writing Strategies session #5: Friday, May 21st, 2010

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  1. Returned quizzes on chapters 2 & 3.
  2. Returned homework from session #3. Comments:
    1. Read the instructions. The instructions were to write three paragraphs to answer the question, “What is a fairy tale?”
    2. Lucy Barfield is not Lewis’ daughter or granddaughter.
    3. Comparison. Which is the more useful comparison:
      1. Compare human beings with monkeys;
      2. compare human beings with rice-cakes.
    4. #1 is more useful. Why? Because human beings are similar to monkeys. Therefore, a comparison is useful: it can lead to new knowledge, new insights and understanding. Human beings and rice-cakes are too different. A comparison between them is unlikely to reveal new knowledge or insights.
  3. Reading and writing. Comprehension questions to chapter 4 and chapter 5.


  1. Choose a book by C.S. Lewis in Japanese translation to read and write a report about by the end of this semester. Tell me the book you have chosen next Friday. If you are absent on Friday, please email me your chosen book title. You cannot change your choice after you have told me, unless I tell you to choose a different book.
  2. Research and write two paragraphs in English about the history of the fairy-tale.
  3. Write the information about the movie of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” using the MLA style (see your MLA textbook, page 9, #38).
  4. Read and make notes on chapter 6.
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Writing Strategies session #4: Friday, May 14th, 2010

  1. Discuss your homework answers with your neighbour.
  2. Hand in your homework.
  3. Chapter summaries. Your summaries are mostly too detailed. Give only the important information.
  4. Using the proper format, take in dictation sample summaries for chapters 1, 2 and 3.
  5. Chapter 4: read and translate. We read and translated up to page 39 (top paragraph).


  1. For next week (May 21st): go to DWC library and list all the books – in both English and Japanese translations –  by C.S. Lewis. Divide your list into fiction and non-fiction titles.
  2. Borrow from the DWC library at least two books by C.S.Lewis in Japanese translation and begin reading them.
    1. You must read one book by C.S. Lewis in Japanese and write a report about it this semester.
    2. The book can be either fiction or non-fiction.
    3. Any title is OK except the two textbooks (“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Magician’s Nephew”).
    4. Choose your book by session #6, May 28th.
  3. Finish reading chapter 4 and write a short summary of it in English.
  4. Read and prepare chapter 5.
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Writing Strategies session #3: Friday, May 7th, 2010

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  1. Writing: answer questions about chapter 1.
  2. Answer questions about chapter 2.
  3. Answer questions about chapter 3.


  1. Read the dedication, and answer these questions:
    1. How old is “too old for fairy tales”?
    2. How old is “old enough to start reading fairy tales again”?
    3. Who was Lucy Barfield?
  2. What is a fairy-tale? How is it different from other genres, e.g. fantasy, myth, legend? Write three paragraphs. Write your paper using the “Student Paper” format I showed you last time (see last time’s handout). It can be typed or hand-written, and should be double-spaced.
    1. give examples of well-known fairy-tales, including fairy-tales you read (or had read to you) as a child,
    2. give examples of typical fairy-tale characters and themes,
    3. and compare fairy-tales with other genres, such as traditional stories. For example, are Japanese traditional stories 昔話 fairy-tales? Why, or why not?
  3. Visit the C.S. Lewis Resource page, click on the different links, listen to C.S. Lewis’ voice, leave a comment.
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Writing Strategies session #2: Friday, April 23rd, 2010

  1. Read and translate and answer oral questions on chapter 1.
  2. Academic writing: writing for the reader
    1. Proper format for written academic paper
    2. handout #1
    3. Write your name and date on a piece of looseleaf paper, using the format in the handout #1
    4. Re-write your self-introduction for the reader:
      1. Where were you born? Where in Japan is it?
      2. What is it famous for? (If you use Japanese words, explain them for the reader).
    5. Proper MLA style for referencing book titles (MLA handbook, page 3
    6. Write the title of our textbook using this MLA style, on your looseleaf paper.
  3. Assignment #2 (for session 3, May 6th):
    1. Finish reading chapter 1.
    2. Write a summary in Japanese of chapter 1 in 5 sentences.
    3. Leave a comment on this blog, with the title of the book(s) you have read from cover to cover in English. Include a link to the book (e.g. on Amazon Japan) using the HTML tag you learned in this class, so that other readers can find out more about the book.

Thank you for your comments and emails

Day 212: The Modern American Family Gathering
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Dear Writing Strategies students,

Thank you for your emails and comments. I checked them 07:15, Thursday April 22nd. You can still send me an email and leave a comment (please do, if you have not done so already). It will be counted next week.

Your comment does not appear immediately: I must approve it first. I do that when I next go online (about once a day). So if your comment does not immediately appear, please do not write another one. It will appear the next day.

To protect your privacy, do not write your full name on this blog. (I edited some comments to leave just the family name.)

Today, it is raining. I hope you enjoyed the weather last week. I look forward to seeing you all in class tomorrow, April 23rd.

(By the way, this picture has nothing to do with Writing Strategies, but I just liked it! The title is “The Modern American Family Gathering”.)

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Welcome to the Writing Strategies I class blog

Dear DWC Writing Strategies I students. This is the class blog for students of Sheffner’s class in the academic year 2010. Please bookmark this blog. It will contain valuable information about this class, about your assignments and useful links related to your studies. Here I will post lesson plans and assignment details. Bookmark this site and visit regularly, or add it to your reader by clicking the RSS feed link here –> in the right-hand sidebar. –>

Assignment #1:

  1. Please leave a comment. First-time comments only can be in English or Japanese. Click on “Comments” below.
  2. Send me an email introducing yourself. Send the email by 23:59 Wednesday April 21st. My email address is on the handout.
  3. Read the first chapter of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

I look forward to seeing you in the first class, Friday, April 16th.

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