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WS1, wk14, July 18th 2014

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Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapters 14 and 15
  2. No summary writing homework. Finish writing your essay instead.
  3. Choose a topic for your essay:
    1. Write in detail about one of the characters in “The Magician’s Nephew” (TMN).
    2. Write in detail about one of the settings in TMN: Narnia, Charn, Uncle Andrew’s study, London, the Wood Between the Worlds.
    3. Write about another Narnia story and compare with TMN (similarities and differences)
    4. Write about the similarities and differences between TMN and the Bible (Genesis – the creation of the world and the temptation of Eve)

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 13.
  2. Read the key points of chapter 12 and 13:
    1. Have you ever bathed in a mountain river?
    2. Digory reads the silver words on the golden gates.
    3. Digory takes an apple, then smells it. It smells so delicious, he wants to eat one. He begins to think it may be ok to eat one.
    4. He sees the witch in the garden. She has eaten an apple. She did not come in by the gate. She has broken two of the rules.
    5. Seeing her face, Digory begins to understand the meaning of the words on the gate: “For those who steal or those who climb my wall Shall find their heart’s desire and find despair.”
    6. The witch trieds to tempt Digory to not go back to Aslan. She uses several arguments:
      1. She tells him to listen to her because she will give him some important and useful knowledge. Digory is curious, although he says he isn’t.
      2. She offers Digory to be King of Narnia with her. Digory refuses.
      3. She tells Digory the apple he has could save his mother’s life. Why does he give the apple to Aslan, when his mother needs it more? Digory says he made a promise to Aslan, and that his mother would not like him to break his promise or tell a lie.
      4. She tells Digory that no-one will ever know about his promise to Aslan. Digory can go straight home, and leave Polly here in Narnia. Suddenly, Digory knows what he must do. He will never leave Polly alone in Narnia. He escapes from the witch and delivers the apple to Aslan.

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As1, wk14, July 18th 2014

Homework:

Finish writing your final essay.

  • Final essay should be 800-1000 words (excluding the bibliography).
  • The topic can be any topic connected with British history in the 19th century.
  • Choose something you are interested.
  • Choose something you want to find out about.
  • Your essay title should be a question, e.g. “Why did Britain become so rich in the 19th century?”, “Why did prices fall and wages double in the 19th century?” , “Why was compulsory education introduced in Britain?” etc.

Today’s class:

Rules for writing:

  1. Format:
    1. Double-spaced?
    2. Indent-style paragraphs?
    3. Nice big indent (at least 5 characters, 10 is ok)
    4. At least 5 paragraphs?
    5. At least 3 items in the bibliography?
    6. One item must be the textbook. Use your MLA Guildebook
    7. Reference in the body of the essay?
  2. Everything in your essay, including the bibliography, must be in Roman letters only.
    1. If you used Japanese sources, write them in Roman lettes. Don’t translate them!
  3. Don’t use contractions like  “don’t, aren’t, isn’t, it’s, they’re” etc.
  4. Don’t write names in ALL CAPITALS. It’s like shouting.
  5. Don’t being a sentence with “And, So, But, Because”. Use “In addition,” “However,”  “Therefore,”. Or combine with the previous sentence to make a single sentence (and keep the “and, so, but or because”).
  6. Give your opinion with evidence: facts, numbers, etc.
  7. Say where you got the information from.
  8. Make sure your introductory (first) paragraph has the outline of your essay.

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Studies in English II, week 14: January 17th, 2014

Homework:

Finish writing your final essay, print it out and bring it to class next week. All students must complete this essay to pass this course. Students absent on this day or who fail to give me their final essay will automatically fail the course. We will also read each other’s essays and do some final free writing.

Today’s class:

Read each other’s essays. Check for
  1. Spelling
  2. Punctuation
  3. Missing words
  4. Verb forms and tenses
  5. Subject-verb agreement
  6. Academic language
  7. Format (double-spaced, name, date, etc., title, at least a 5-space indent, bibliography) – see the example student essay in your MLA handbook
Comments on Final essays: make sure all the Japanese words are in Roma-ji
Class survey
Questions. Write yr answers on loose leaf paper:
  1. “Okinawan is a dialect of Japanese.” Is that statement a fact or an opinion? How can we check it?
  2. How do dialects differ from a standard language?

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Writing Strategies II, week 14: January 17th, 2014

Homework:

Finish writing your final essay, print it out and bring it to class next week. All students must complete this essay to pass this course. Students absent on this day or who fail to give me their final essay will automatically fail the course. We will also read each other’s essays and do some final free writing.

Today’s class:
Presentations

  1. Takami – about CS Lewis’ collection of essays “Of Other Worlds “
  2. Miyakawa – about the Bible story of Adam, Eve, the fruit and the snake.
Read each other’s essays. Check for
  1. Spelling
  2. Punctuation
  3. Missing words
  4. Verb forms and tenses
  5. Subject-verb agreement
  6. Academic language
  7. Format (double-spaced, name, date, etc., title, at least a 5-space indent, bibliography) – see the example essay in your MLA handbook.
Comments:
  • Mis-spelling of Tolkien, Inklings and fairy tale: this is the responsibility of the presenter who did not give/show the English spellings of these key words.

Comments on MN, chapters 11 and 12.

  • See highlights in my Kindle edition of MN, chaps 11 & 12.
Class survey

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Studies in English I, week 14: July 19th, 2013

Homework:

  • finish writing your final paper on your chosen topic. See the MLA handbook (p. 20 ff) for details of the format (including bibliography)
  • Your paper should be at least 2 pages long (not including the bibliography).
  • All the references in your bibliography must be written in Roman letters. Do not translate titles

Today’s class:

  1. We checked the answers to question2 of the “Comprehensive Survey of Language Knowledge” worksheet
  2. We transcribed some Japanese words using the IPA.
  3. We read each other’s papers.

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Writing Strategies I, week 14: July 19th, 2013

Homework:

  • Finish writing your final paper. See the MLA handbook, p. 20 ff for details of format.
  • Read chapters 14 & 15  and answer the questions.
  • Next week is the last class and the last chance to hand in your remaining written work.

Today’s class:

  1. We checked the answers to chapter 13
  2. We read and discussed some key points of chapter 13:
  3. Several students reported on their Bible verses. Today’s students did a very good job. Well done, everyone.
  4. We watched parts of “The Gospel of John”: the death of Jesus and the hours leading up to it.

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Studies in English, week 14: January 18th, 2013

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Photo credit: www.assassyveneer.blogspot.com

Homework:

Re-write your final paper, with correct citations and quotations, and correctly formatted bibliography, print out and bring to class next week (last week).

Today’s class:

Students read and commented on each others’ essays.

Review of the correct format for academic paper.

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Writing Strategies II, week 14: January 18th, 2013

Photo credit: seventenn: how to rock a final research paper
Photo credit: seventeen: how to rock a final research paper

Homework:

Re-write your final paper, with correct citations and quotations, and correctly formatted bibliography, print out and bring to class next week (last week).

Today’s class:

Students read and commented on each others’ essays.

Review of the correct format for academic paper.

 

 

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Studies in English, week 14: July 20th, 2012

Today,

  1. Copy these quotes, translate them then write your opinion about the ideas expressed:
    1. Without language, there is no thought.
    2. “Language, created by consciousness, also feeds back to it. And this feedback is very powerful, in the sense that it informs our way of viewing reality. The structure of language becomes, in a true sense, a monitor on what we can see and what we can’t see. What we can imagine and what we can’t imagine.”
    3. “You have to admit that we UNDERSTAND each other when we use language. Maybe not perfectly, but we understand. Meaning means something. You can’t describe how we know the meaning of conversation and text.”
  2. Write a question YOU have about language.
  3. Answer the 6 questions about chapter 5 on page 51. Write the answers on looseleaf.

Homework:

Finish your report.

If you have not yet written your comments on your blog about the presentations, do so before next Friday, 27th.

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Writing Strategies 1, week 14: July 20th, 2012

Wulan is an Indonesian student studying economics in Japan. Visit her site to read her tips about presentations: tsukinokenkyuuato.blogspot.jp/2011/05/simple-presentation-structure.html
Wulan is an Indonesian student studying economics in Japan. Visit her site to read her tips about presentations: tsukinokenkyuuato.blogspot.jp/2011/05/simple-presentation-structure.html

Today, we listened to more presentations.

We answered two questions:

  1. Why is the Narnia series so popular even today, 50 years or more after they were written?
  2. What do you think of LWW? If you like it, why? If you don’t like it, why not?

Next week is the last class. There will be one final presentation, a short lecture on LWW, then the final test. You can bring your notes, your dictionary, anything to use for the test.

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