- Checked answers to quiz questions for chapters 15, 16 and 17.
- The homework 2 weeks ago was to compare the deaths of Aslan and of Jesus. Out of 23 students, only 1 student answered this question correctly. Why?
- Personal interviews with students about their outstanding assignments.
- Homework questions:
- Why is “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” still popular today?
- Why is this book studied at university?
Next week is the final exam.
There were no absences today. Well done!
(The picture on the right is the cover of Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. My father had this book on his bookshelf when I was a child. He recommended it to me, but I was not interested in it. I am reading this book now, thirty years later. I felt nostalgic when I saw this picture, so I used it here.)
- Homework #1: Please type your comments to last week’s book reports on the blog.
- Please protect your own privacy: this is a public blog. Do not use your full name: use your family name only, or given name only, or use a nickname or pen-name.
- Your email address is not visible to visitors (only the site administrator sees this).
- If you use an email address that you used before, your comment will appear immediately without delay. If you use a new email address, your comment will be held for approval by the site administrator (me!).
- Reading and checking homework: chapter 10 and 11.
- Book reports: we had the last two book reports today: The Last Battle and The Screwtape Letters. The Screwtape Letters was a very popular book, and was read by many people. Before that, Lewis was not well known except to other academics (professors) and students of English Literature. His BBC broadcasts (1944) were so popular that he was asked to do more. He collected his talks into a book called Mere Christianity キリスト教の世界。In these talks, he talked to ordinary people about Christianity.
- Homework #2: I assigned each student 2 words or phrases from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Please check the Japanese meaning of your words. Next week, bring to class the meaning, a picture or photograph to illustrate the words/phrases, and (if you got the illustration from the Internet) the URL (web address) where you got the illustration.
- Discuss your answers to chapter 8 and 9 discussion questions with your partner.
- Teacher’s comments on last week’s discussion questions.
- Checked the answers to chapters 8 and 9 quiz questions.
- Mini-lecture: the change in children’s reading. For about 2,500 years, until the late 17th century in England, there were no children’s books. Children who learned to read began reading the famous classic works of literature. These are what C.S. Lewis read as a boy. He read Latin and Greek and so read Homer and Virgil in the original languages:
Homework: Finish reading your book by C.S. Lewis and prepare a short oral report (about 2 minutes) for next class. If possible, bring the actual book to class. Give the main points of the book, and tell us if you liked it or not and why.
- Handout on Aristotle (A is A).
- Guidelines for book report #1 –
- in Japanese, because I want to encourage students to read other books about C.S. Lewis.
- presentations on June 18th. Presentations in Japanese, 2-4 minutes in length
- 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.
- Questions for chapter 6.
- Summary of chapter 6.
- 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.