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WS2: WEEK 13, JANUARY 11TH, 2019

Homework

Choose a story from the ones we have read this semester, and write your first draft of a 5-paragraph essay about it. Print it out and bring to class next week.

Essay outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph 1 – introduce the book
    1. title
    2. author
    3. date of publication
    4. setting
    5. main characters
    6. story summary (short, 3-4 sentences)
  3. Body paragraph 2 – the main themes or ideas of the story
  4. Body paragraph 3 – your personal reaction
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)
If you did not give me your homework (see here) on Friday Jan. 11th, please email it to me as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  • Sample outline for a 5-paragraph essay
  • Sample introduction and body paragraphs
    (see above) .
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about your writing.

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AS2: WEEK 13, January 11th, 2019

Homework

Re-write your final “book-and-movie” essay: draft 2, using the advice and model paragraphs suggested in class today. Print it out and bring to class next week.

Essay outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph 1 – movie
  3. Body paragraph 2 – book
  4. Body paragraph 3 – what I learned about US history
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography (using APA style)
  1. Introduction: Tell the names of the movie and book you will write about, and the topics of each of your 3 body paragraphs.
  2. Body paragraph 1: “The movie Xxxxx was directed by Xxxxx, stars Xxxxx and Xxxxx, (was written by Xxxx) and was released by (studio name) in (year). It is about a (main character 1) and a (main character 2) who ……(summarize the story in 3-4 sentences). (Tell the main ideas of the story and relate them to US history and culture, e.g.
    1. “‘The Fountainhead’ is about talented young architect who refuses to compromise his ideals. He falls in love with a beautiful and idealistic young journalist, but she marries first his rival, then his best friend. Roark must fight against various enemies, including Ellsworth Toohey who does not want talented individuals to succeed. Roark eventually succeeds, but only after being arrested, spending some time in jail and losing his best friend.
    2. “The main themes (ideas) of the story are individualism and collectivism, showing how individualism is the basis for a healthy society and the way to the future. The story shows how all the good things of modern life are thanks to the creativity and intelligence of a few brave individuals, most of whom were laughed at or attacked, as Roark is. The story is based in New York, and the famous skyscrapers of that city are an important background to the story, as they represent hard work, intelligence, creativity and success against huge difficulties. (The Japanese title is actually “Skyscraper”). The main character, Roark, may have been based on a real American architect genius called Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) who designed the 2nd Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, parts of which can be seen in Meiji Mura near Nagoya.
If you did not give me your homework (see here) on Friday Jan. 11th, please email it to me as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  1. We watched the first few scenes of “The Fountainhead” (1949), and researched some information about the director, main actors and writer.
  2. We wrote a sample outline and some sample sentences for each paragraph.

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WS1: Week 13, July 13th, 2018

Homework

Havelok Team

Continue working on your Havelok project, including your weekly diary.

Others

Start work on your final report:

  • 500-800 words
  • typed
  • due July 27th (final class)
  • a book or movie
  • should be like a review on Amazon.

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AS1: Week 13, July 13th, 2018

Homework

  • Prepare your 2nd presentation (if you did not present today).
  • Start work on your final report:
    • 600-1,000 words
    • typed
    • with a bibliography
    • choose one of the topics you used for your 2 presentations
    • due July 27th
    • hard copy and digital version (by email).

Today’s class

  1. Presentations on chapter 3 topics by 11 students.
  2. Class survey.

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WS2: WEEK 13, January 5th, 2018

Homework

Email me your written work if you want me to check it. Continue working on your final probject.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing – your winter vacation
  2. Mini-lecture: according to  The Magician’s Nephew, what is more important than either friendship or family?
  3. Sentence combining. Read through your free writing, find sentences that can be combined and re-write them.
  4. Every claim needs evidence.
  5. Academic formatting:
    1. Use an English font (either Century or Times New Roman) size 12.
    2. Double-space your document.
    3. How to use MSWord’s refeerence functions to make citations and create a bibliography.
    4. For tutorial videos on how to double-space and create references, see this blog entry: https://wp.me/pwFtO-Ud

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AS2: WEEK 13, January 5th, 2018

Homework

Email me your writing if you want me to check it. Continue with your final project.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing – your winter vacation
  2. Sentence combining.
    1. Read through your free writing  and find sentences that can be combined.
  3. Claims and evidence. Every claim needs evidence. What evidence could you provide to support your claims in your free writing?
  4. How to use MSWord’s Reference function for citations and making a bibliography
  5. Document formatting for academic writing:
    1. Use an English font – either Century or Times New Roman, size 12.
    2. Choose double-spacing (see videos below)
    3. Watch the video below to review how to create references and a bibliography using MSWord

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WS1: week 13, July 14th, 2017

Homework

Collect all your writing for this class and bring them to the last class on July 28th

Today’s class

  1. We discussed the picture “The Voluptuary” and the descriptions of Jadis and how it is important to always support a claim with objective facts as evidence.
  2. We discussed the key charactersitics of a fairy tale.
  3. Writing: the characteristics of a fairy tale and of a myth.

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AS1: week 13, July 14th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose four claims from chapters 4-7 in the textbook, find detailed evidence for them, and (if necessary) given an explanation.
    • This will be a written paper, in academic format.
    • Choose at least one claim of fact (e.g. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman prime minister of Britain) and at last one claim of judgement (e.g. David Beckham is the most famous English footballer).
    • List all your sources of information.
  2. Collect together all your writings for this class and bring them to the last class, July 28th. You will need them to do your final writing.

 

Today’s class

Presentations by 12 students.

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WS2, week 13, January 6th, 2017

 

Homework

None

Announcement

Makeup class will be on Wednesday January 25th, 5th period.. Please check the noticeboard for the classroom.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing
    1. #1 – your winter vacation
    2. #2 book(s) and/or movie(s) you watched over the vacation. (If you didn’t read any books or watch any movies, explain why not!)
  2. Short essay questions about “The Magician’s Nephew”:
    1.  Is Digory a better person at the end of The Magician’s Nephew than he was at the start? How has he changed for the better or for the worse?
    2. What can Asian do that Jadis cannot?
    3. Why does Uncle Andrew like Jadis?

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AS2, week 13, January 6th, 2017

Announcement

Makeup class will be on Wednesday Jan. 18th, 5th period, room S405.

Homework

Read the chapter about Chicago and answer the 2 questions below. Remember, this class is Academic Skills, so your answer should be an academic answer. That means, complete, not just one or two details. As complete and accurate as you can.

  1. What is Chicago?
  2. Why is it important?

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by students about various paragraphs from the textbook chapter about Chicago.
  2. Some important background information which you should know. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, look them up. This is common knowledge.
    1. Where did the Mafia originate?
    2. Why were many of the early trading posts also forts?
    3. Why were the French in North America?

There are several films about Al Capone and the Prohibition era. Here is a list  of 10: http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/10-best-prohibition-movies/

And here is a list of 25 Prohibition-era movies. The gang violence was one of the main reasons why Prohibition was considered a failure and eventually abandoned.

A very popular and well known movie about Chicago (but not about gangsters) is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, directed by John “Home Alone” Hughes.

Here’s (in my opinion) the best scene in the movie. “Danke Schoen” is of course German – many people of German origin settled in Chicago, as well as Italians – and “Twist and Shout” is a Beatles song.

Here’s a scene from “The Untouchables”.

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