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WS1: WEEK 3, APRIL 26TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a summary of the Coconut story in “Splitting the Arrow”. Your summary should include only the main points of the story and should be between 3~6 sentences long. Upload it in the assignments section of Manaba.
  2. Write a personal response to the Coconut story and upload it in the Forum on Manaba. What you write will be read by your classmates and me.

Today’s class

Thinking academically

  1. Asking questions to get correct and accurate information
    1. This is necessary in order to
      1. take correct action
      2. write correct reports or essays
      3. write persuasive essays
    2. We read the textbook, pages 01-04.
      1. Japan has a traditional practice called Zen which includes the use of unusual questions (called “koan”) to provoke deep thought and understanding in the student. One example of a “koan” is “What was your name before you were born?”
    3. We read the Coconut story, checked the meaning of difficult vocabulary and wrote a summary of it.

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AS1: WEEK 3, APRIL 26TH, 2019

Homework

  1. Write a paragraph about Stonehenge in England.
  2. Fill in the Brit movie List
    1. Write the Japanese title of the movies
    2. Check the box if the movie is in the DWC library.
    3. Bring your list to class May 10th.

Today’s class

Thinking academically:
  1. Ask questions to get correct and accurate information
  2. New question: cui bono?
  3. Definitions
    1. Categorize. E.g. England is a country in the southern part of the island of Great Britain and if is one of the four countries in the United Kingdom.
  4. We re-wrote definitions of Great Britain, the British Isles, the U.K. and England.
We read about Stonehenge and the prehistory of Britain.

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AS2: Week 3, October 12th, 2018

Homework

  1. Choose one question from the list about each of the 3 sections below, research the answer and write it in one paragraph. Bring to class next week.
    1. Atlantic Coast
    2. The Midwest
    3. The Louisana Purchase
  2. Write a summary in your own words of each of the sections of the textbook below:
    1. The Midwest
    2. The Louisana Purchase

Today’s class

  1. Write and choose a question about the section “The Atlantic Coast”.
  2. Map of the 13 Colonies: fill in the names.
  3. Summarize the section “The Atlantic Coast” in your own words.

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WS1: Week 3, April 27th, 2018

(No class next week. Next class, May 11th)

Homework (for May 11th)

  1. read chapter one of “Havelock the Warrior”
  2. underline or mark with a highlighter pen all the words and sentences that you need to use a dictionary for.
  3. Bring your paper to class next time.

Today’s class

  1. Summary of key points of academic writing
    • Academic writing.
    • Start with a research question
      • e,g, what are academic skills?
      • why did the author write/tell this story?
      • What is the purpose of stories?
      • why are stories so important to human beings?
    • Define your terms
      • e.g  original meaning of “academic”
      • history of academic writing – where does it come from
      • E.g. meaning / origin of the word “story”
    • Collect your evidence
      • Observations (what you saw/read with your own eyes)
      • objective facts (dates and names of people, places, etc)
      • make careful notes of what you find
    • Decide your answer to your research question
    • present / publish your answer (conclusion, findings, research results) including your facts which support your conclusion.
      • get feedback from audience (listeners & readers) so that you can
        • correct your language (grammar)
        • correct your thinking (logic)
        • improve your communication to make it more effective
  2. Response to lPot with the Hole” story
    1. summary
    2. what doea the author want to say? What is the meaning of the story?
    3. your personal response /reaction
    4. In future, we will discuss the author’s workdview
    5. intro to Havelock homework

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AS1: Week 3, April 27th, 2018

(No class next week. Next class, May 11th)
Homework
Read either
  1. the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 6-9), OR
  2. the story of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11)

and

  1. What are the key points of this story?
  2. What can you learn about Western civilization from this story?
Today’s class
  1. How can you improve your (academic) English ability?
  2. What is the difference between England, Britain, Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
  3. Adam & Eve story in Genesis
    1. What are the key points of this story?
    2. What can you learn about Western civilization from this story?
  • Review of key points of academic writing
    • Start with a research question
      • e,g, what are academic skills?
      • e.g. what is the difference between England, Britain, United Kingdom?
      • e.g. how has British history affected Japanese people today?
      • This research question could question existing accepted knowledge
        • e.g. is the earth really at the centre?
        • Is a classroom really the best place to learn English?
    • Define your terms, e.g.
      • original meaning of “academic”
      • history of academic writing – where does it come from
      • original meaning of “Britain”, “England”, “Great Britain”
      • History of Britain – who were the first Britons? Where did they come from? When did they come to Britain? Why? How did they live? What language(s) did they speak?
    • Collect your evidence
      • Observations (what you see, hear, touch, smell, taste with your own senses)
      • objective facts (what other people can confirm with their senses)
      • make careful notes of what you find – dates and names of people, places, etc.
    • Decide your answer (conclusion) to your research question
    • present / publish your answer (conclusion, findings, research results) including your facts which support your conclusion.

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AS2: week 3, October 13th

Homework

  • Start work on your independent study project and show me next week.
  • Read chapter 2 of ITHOTR. Write a shor comment about it.

Today’s class

  1. The desire to learn, to grow, to improve our situation, to understand ourselves and the world we live in, is a beautiful one. Where does this come from?
  2. Individual conferencing about independent study topics.

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WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish ch. 1 MCQs
  2. Read chapter 2  of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  3. write a short summary of chapters 1 & 2
  4. Choose another easy reading book from the list. Read it. Write a short report :
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese  – if it is a famous novel, you will find this easily with a bit of research)
    3. Author . Some books are original stories. But many books are famous novels re-written for English students (like you).  In that case, write the name of the author of the original story, not the easy-reading version.
    4. When book published
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British from reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What  book did you read for homework?
  2. Chapter 1 multiple-choice quiz.

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AS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2 in the textbook.
  2. Write a summary of chapter 2, like you did in class for chapter 1 – use your own words and do not look at the textbook.
  3. (for May 12th) Choose a movie OR a book from the lists, watch/read it, and write a short report
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese)
    3. Author / Director
    4. When released (or when book published)
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British history from watching this movie/reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What movie or book did you read or watch for homework?
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the question
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  3. With books closed, write a paragraph about what you learned about Britain from reading chapter 1.
  4. We watched the beginning of “Bend It Like Beckham” and recorded the main details.

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WS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

Read TMN chapter 13.

Today’s class

  1. TMN chapter 12 MCQs.
  2. Checked answers.
  3. Watched key scenes from “The Wizard of Oz”.
    1. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
    2. “Follow the yellow brick road.”
    3. “I am Oz!”

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AS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

  1. Who is Joseph in the movie “Far and Away”? Write a definition of him in 1 or 2 sentences.
  2. Read pp 3-4 of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies”
    1. How much did it cost to travel the cheapest way from UK to America in those days?
  3. Find a movie from the movie list, watch it, and write a 1 or 2-sentence definition of it. Download the movie list here: as2_usa_movie_list_v2
  4. Find a book from the reading list and start reading. Download the easy reading list here:   as2_easy_reading_list
    1. The book should be “easy” for you, that means you can understand 90% without a dictionary.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook pp 4-5 quiz.
  2. Homework review
    1. Where are the following places in the UK?  (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Portsmouth
      2. Liverpool
    2. Where are the following places in the USA? (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Denver
      2. Colorado
      3. Montana
      4. California
      5. The Rockies
  3. Where and what is Portsmouth in the UK?
    1. “Portsmouth is an important port on the south coast of England.”
  4. Where and what is Liverpool?
  5. Where and what is Denver?
  6. Where and what are the Rockies?
  7. Watch the Sir Walter Raleigh scene in “Elizabeth – the Golden Age” (chapter 3).
    1. Who and what was Sir Walter Raleigh?
    2. What did he give to Queen Elizabeth and where did they come from?
  8. Watch the beginning of “Far and Away”.

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