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Writing Strategies 1, session 6: June 3rd, 2011

  1. Tell your Greek or Roman myth to your partner. How is it similar to the Japanese myth you wrote last week?
  2. How to write references 参照文献の書き方。

    参照文献 MLA style
  3. Subject line for emails

    Email subject line 件名の正しい書き方
  4. Vote for the best Amazon review.
  5. Discussion about myth:
    1. What is a myth? Is a myth the same as a folk-tale (昔話)? Are they different? How are they different?
    2. Is a myth different from a fairy-story, or is it the same? How are they different? How are they the same?
    3. What is the difference between a myth and an epic poem such as Heike Monogatari?
    4. What is the difference between a myth and a novel such as the Tale of Genji?
    5. What is the difference between a myth and a legend, such as The One Inch Boy?
  6. Chapter 4 quiz questions. We checked the answers. Also “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
  7. LWW, study guide questions for chapters 5 and 6 (pages 18-19, questions 1-8).


  1. Finish the study guide questions for chapters 5 and 6, pages 20-22, up to and including question 9.
  2. Re-write your bibliography for your Greek/Roman myth correctly (see the handout), and email it to me by midnight Wednesday.

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 #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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