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Writing Strategies 2, session 8: November 11th, 2011

Remembrance Sunday

Nov. 11th is Remembrance Day in the UK and Europe. (Click here for more pictures.)


  1. Final presentations will be on Jan. 6th and 13th (sessions 13 and 14). Everyone, please be ready to give your presentation on Jan. 6th. I will select about half the students to present on that day at random.
    1. see below for details of final presentations and final papers.
  2. The final exam will be on Jan. 20th (session 15).
  3. The make-up class will be on Nov. 25th, 5th period in the same classroom as usual. I will show a movie, “Shadowlands” which tells the story of Lewis’ short marriage to Joy Davidson.

Homework (for Nov. 25th, session 9)

  1. summarise chapters 11 and 12
  2. write 8 questions about chapters 11 and 12:
    1. 5 quiz questions (the answers are in the story)
    2. 3 non-quiz questions – things you don’t understand or want to know, and the answers are not in the story
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18, 19 and 2 Corinthians 2:15, 16 (write or print out the Japanese translation and bring to the next class)
    1. For whom is the gospel “foolishness”?
    2. For whom is the gospel “the power of God”?
  4. Read John 10:1-30 (write or print out the Japanese translation and bring to the next class).
    1. Who is the shepherd Jesus talks about?
    2. Who are the sheep?

Final presentations

      1. Students must
        1. give a final presentation  and also hand in a written paper by January 13th, 2012.
        2. Choose ONE from the list of topics below (if you want to do something that is not on the list, please email me or talk to me in class).
        3. You can use
          1. Powerpoint, or
          2. make a poster or
          3. make handouts.
        4. The presentation should be 5  minutes.
        5. The written paper should be about 2 pages of A4 (double-spaced, with a reference list 参照文献), and in English only.
      2. For a C grade,
        1. Write a summary of the book.
        2. Write a review of the book in Japanese and post it on Amazon Japan.
      3. For a B grade,
        1. What does “The Magician’s Nephew” teach us about Christianity?
        2. Book reports. Compare“The Magician’s Nephew” with
          1. another of the Narnia stories
          2. another story by C.S. Lewis
          3. a non-fiction book by C.S. Lewis
          4. another English children’s fantasy story (click here to see the list on Google Docs – no login necessary).
      4. For an A grade,
        1. Do both presentation AND final paper IN ENGLISH ONLY. BUT!
          1. When you do your presentation, remember you are talking to your CLASSMATES
          2. Look at their faces – do they understand you?
          3. If necessary, explain key or difficult English words IN JAPANESE, by
            1. verbal explanation 口頭の説明
            2. writing on the board
            3. prepare a handout beforehand with key or important or difficult English words explained in Japanese
          4. speak slowly and clearly
          5. look at your audience’s faces (eye-contact)



Writing Strategies 1, session 8: June 17th, 2011

Today we translated parts of chapters 6, 7 and 8 (up to page 86).

We also checked the answers to the logic questions in the Study Guide, p. 23.


  1. Read LWW chapters 9 and 10.
  2. Answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 7 and 8 (pages 24-26), up to question 8. Questions 9, 10 and the Writing Project are all options: you can do them if you want an A or B grade.
  3. Make sure your Study Guide is up to date. Show me your Study Guide next week.
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