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AS2, week 6, October 28th, 2016


  1. Read the handout about the 13 English colonies
  2. Write a definition sentence about
    1. the 13 colonies
    2. the New England colonies
    3. the Mid-Atlantic colonies
    4. the Southern colonies
  3. Read again chapter 3, paragraphs 1-11 (not 10), up to and including the paragraph on Greenwich Village.
    1. Write a sentence giving the key points of each paragraph, 1-11.

Today’s class

  1. Cost of steerage to the US from England in the mid-19th century?
  2. What two types of ships were there then?
  3. Which was cheaper?
  4. How long did it take?
  5. Using the information in “In the Heart of the Rockies”, write a definition sentence for “steerage”.
  6. Watch the beginning of the Chaplin silent film “The Immigrant”, and write another sentence about steerage using information from the movie clip.
  7. Read chapter 3 paragraphs 1-11 (Greenwich Village).

WS1, week 6, May 27th, 2016


  • Read chapter 4
  • Answer the MCQs (download the PDF here): MN_MCQ_ch4
  • Answer the 2 questions below and bring your answers to the next class:
    1. As this is an English class about a British fantasy story, what information do you want to hear from the presenters?
    2. How can a presentation be
      1. made more interesting?
      2. made easy to understand?
      3. organized so that the audience remembers the key points?
  • Prepare your movie presentation
  • Here is the presentation schedule as of Friday May 20th: WS1_Presentation_Schedule
  • Choose a book from the book list, find it in the library (Easy Reading section), read it, and write a short report about it. Bring your report to the next class.
    • Download the list here (Excel file): AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
    • Choose an easy book for you.
    • Easy means you can understand most of it without a dictionary.
    • Using a dictionary is OK but if you are using the dictionary all the time, the book is probably too hard for you.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation by Ms. Ito and Kawahara on the movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.
    1. Write some notes about the presentation content
    2. Give some written feedback to the presenters.
  2. Group discussions about the MCQs and individual questions about chapter 3.

AS1, week 6, May 27th, 2016


  • Using your notes from today’s presentation on “A Christmas Carol”, write a short paragraph about that movie. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Students who have not chosen a movie will have a movie chosen for them.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • In preparation for next week’s presentations on “Elizabeth the Golden Age” and “Oliver Twist”, please read
    • the Tudor Period (p. 23-4)
    • Films about English Queens (p. 68),
    • Mary Queen of Scots (p. 62), and
    • The Industrial Revolution (p. 32) and The Victorian Age (p. 33)

Today’s class

  1. Presentation about “A Christmas Carol”.
  2. Discussion about
    1. As this is an English class about British history, what information do you want to hear from the presenters?
    2. How can a presentation be
      1. made more interesting?
      2. made easy to understand?
      3. organized so that the audience remembers the key points?
  3. Self-evaluation about the discussions.

WS2, week 6, October 30, 2015


  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  •  Chapter 14
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • Short Asnwer questions.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by
    1. Ms. Yanobu – on Digory’s character
    2. Ms. Yamagami – on Uncle Andrew’s character
    3. Ms. Yamada – on whether Jadis is an evil character or not
    4. Ms. Uezawa – on Aslan as a representation of God
  2. Discussion points:
    1. Uncle Andrew broke his promise to Madam LeFay. Why? Was that foolish? Or something else?
    2. Jadis said she had to use magic (the Deplorable Word) because her sister broke their promise first and used magic. What do you think?
    3. Jadis said, “They were MY people. What were they there for other than to do my will?” What do you think? Is she right? Do those people belong to her? Can she do what she likes with them?

AS2, week 6, October 30, 2015

Homework (update)

  • Choose a US history topic for your presentation. Tell me next week.
  • Ms.Egami, Honjo, Horie, Irie M.,  please prepare your presentation for next week.
  • Presentation topics:
    • This semester, you can freely choose any topic of U.S. history that you like.
    • I suggest you choose a person or a group of people as the main point of your presentation.
    • In addition, you may choose any topic in the textbook, any U.S.A. history-related book that you have read, or any movie from the movie list that you have seen.
  • Here is the presentation schedule:AS2_Presentation_Schedule
  • Read an easy reading  book about US history. Note the title, author, level, period of history.
    • Keep your list on one sheet of paper.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet. Show me your list next week.
  • Bring your easy reading list and your movie list to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by:
    1. Arimitsu –
    2. Bando E. –
    3. Bando Y. –
  2. The Bill of Rights.
    1. How many?
      1. There were originally 10 in the Bill of Rights of December 15, 1791.Bill_of_Rights
    2. What were they? (Click on the image below to see a larger version). Click here to read the Japanese Wikipedia article, including a translation of all 10 articles.
      1. billofrights
    3. The key point about all the amendments is that they are negative rights.
      1. Amendment I
        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
      2. Amendment II
        A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
      3. Amendment IV
        The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
      4. Amendment V
        No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
      5. Amendment VI
        In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

AS1, wk6, May 22nd, 2015


Prepare your presentation.

Write your summary of chapter 3 and email it to me (if you did not attend Saturday May 16th makeup class).

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations by
    1. Arimitsu – Beowulf
    2. Bando Y. – Romans
    3. Sakurai – the Beaker people
  2. Why do you give presentations? What do you want to learn?
    1. How to improve your presentation skills?
    2. You need feedback:
      1. Do your classmates understand you?
      2. Can they hear you clearly?
      3. Did they remember your key points?
      4. Was it interesting for them?
      5. What else do you want feedback about? How can you get it from your classmates?
  3. Key points about
    1. Beowulf
      1. story takes place in Denmark (not England)
      2. it’s one of the oldest pieces of English literature.
      3. it was written in Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon).
    2. The Romans
      1. When the Romans came to Britain in 43 A.D.,there were no towns. The Romans brought towns and town technology to Britain.
      2. The Romans stayed 400 years in Britain. They taught people to read and write Latin.
    3. the Beaker people
      1. the Beaker people were Neolithic( 新石器時代◆およそ紀元前8000年~5000年の間)
      2. they built Stonehenge
      3. No-one knows exactly why Stonehenge was built
        1. was it a temple?
        2. Or maybe a calendar?




The most famous site in Britain from the Beaker culture period is Stonehenge.
The most famous site in Britain from the Beaker culture period is Stonehenge.
The Romans conquered Britain (except Scotland) and stayed 400 years.