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Writing Strategies 1, week 2: April 20th, 2012

cherry blossom along the Kamogawa river, Kyoto, April 2012
cherry blossom along the Kamogawa river, Kyoto, April 2012

Today’s homework:

  1. Finish reading chapter 1: read in Japanese translation (if you need to); read the English and look up the words you don’t know.
  2. On page 3 of The LWW, each of the four children in the story is introduced.
    1. Each one guesses what kind of animal or bird might be living in the mountains.
    2. The guess each child makes gives the reader clues about each character’s personality.
    3. For example: Lucy hears a noise. Peter, who is the oldest, suggests that the noise is an owl. In literature, an owl often represents wisdom. From this choice, the reader can infer that Peter is wise.
    4. Read the following excerpt and then complete the CHARACTER TRAIT CHART. Each child’s name is followed by the animal or animals that he or she suggests. Use the characteristics of each animal to identify the personality traits of each child.
    5. “What’s that noise?” said Lucy suddenly. It was a far larger house than she had ever been in before and the thought of all those long passages and rows of doors leading into empty rooms was beginning to make her feel a little creepy.
      “It’s only a bird, silly,” said Edmund.
      “It’s an owl,” said Peter. “This is going to be a wonderful place for birds. I shall go to bed now. I say, let’s go and explore tomorrow. You might find anything in a place like this. Did you see those mountains as we came along? And the woods? There might be eagles. There might be stags. There’ll be hawks.”
      “Badgers!” said Lucy.
      “Foxes!” said Edmund.
      “Rabbits!” said Susan. (Pg. 3)

Today’s class:

  1. C.S. Lewis’ life. Read more (in Japanese) on Wikipedia here.
  2. We started reading chapter 1 (up to page 3)
    European badger - an animal not seen in Japan but very familiar to British people
    European badger - an animal not seen in Japan but very familiar to British people

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