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WS2: Week 9, November 30th, 2018

Homework

Summarize the story of how Dorothy meets the Tin Woodman and his story of how or why he became a tin man.
(Click the video below to watch the Tin Man episode, which begins at the 40:44 mark.)

Today’s class

  1. Write a summary in your own words about Emily Dickinson, using the “Afterword” of the book “Emily” and the Wikipedia and other pages that we read.
  2. We watched a bit of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” and read most of the chapter “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman”, from the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

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AS2: Week 9, November 30th, 2018

Homework

Prepare your book and movie presentation, if you have not done your presentation yet (today, Nov. 30th).  Dec. 7th class has been cancelled.  Makeup class will be on Saturday Dec. 15th (not Dec. 8th as I announced in class.) For presentation guidelines, see last week’s blog post here.

Everyone must do their book and movie presentation twice. If you did your book-and-movie presentation Nov 30th or earlier, please do it again on Dec. 14th.

  • You must
    • include historical background and
    • say what readers can learn about American history from the movie or the book (or both).
    • Give the key points.
      • A point is “the important or essential thing”.
      • A key point is “the most important or essential thing” about the movie and the book.

Today’s class

Student “movie and book” presentations.

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WS1: Week 9, June 15th 2018

Homework

none

Today’s class

  1. Exchange homework with classmates.
  2. New story: the two ants
    1. read it
    2. write a paragraph on how it relates to you
  3. 1-2-1 conferencing
  4. Havelok team: discuss your project and report to me.

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AS1: Week 9, June 15th2018

Homework

None.

Today’s class

  • presentations
  • what do you want presenters to do? Make a list.
  • 1-2-1  conferencing about presentations
  • Textbook pp 24-26.

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WS2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Homework

  • How does Digory grow in this story? Compare how he is at the beginning (when he meets Polly; when Polly disappears), in the middle  (in the Wood Between the Worlds, in Charn) and at the end (meeting Aslan, in the garden). Explain why he changes.

Today’s class

1-to-1 conferencing about students’ writing.

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AS2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Announcement

No class next week (Dec. 8th). Makeup on Saturday, Dec. 9th, 3rd period (13:15-14:45)

Homework

Continue your independent study.

Today’s class

  • Remaining presentations
  • Choosing the best presentation
  • Key cultural points about American/Western thinking
    • The first European visitors and settlers
      • Why they came
      • Where they settled
    • “Who will let you build these buildings?
      • “Who will stop me?”
    • “How will you force (your customers) to accept your ideas?”
      • “I won’t force anyone. And I will not be forced.”

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WS1, week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

What makes a good presentation? Think about the presentations you saw in class today:

  1. which ones were good and which not so good?
  2. Why were the good ones good?
  3. Why were the not-so-good ones not so good?
  4. Be specific. Give concrete examples.

Today’s class

  • Student presentations

 

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AS1, week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

None.

Today’s class

  1. Remaining student presentations
  2. What can we learn about British history and/or culture from watching movies or reading British books?
    1. Facts
      1. Dates
      2. Names
    2. E.g.  “The movie ‘Diana’ focuses on Pricness Diana’s life from her marriage to her death.”
      1. Yes, but WHEN did she marry (what year) and WHEN did she die?
    3. E.g. “Pride and Prejudice” –
      1. date of the original novel
      2. date of the BBC dramatization
        1. Main actors (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle)
          1. Who is Colin Firth? What other movies has he been in?
      3. date of the most recent movie (2005)
        1. main actors’ names (Keira Knightley)
        2. Who is Keira Knightley? What other movies has she been in?
      4. List of dramatizations and movies based on “Pride and Prejudice”
    4. E.g., “Love Actually”
      1. Directed by Richard Curtis
        1. What other movies has he directed? Who acted in them?
      2. Main actors
        1. What other movies have they been in?

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WS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read the following passages from the Bible (if the original English is too difficult, by all means read it in Japanese):
    1. Exodus 7:1-8:19
    2. Deuteronomy 18:9-15
    3. Daniel 2
    4. Acts 8:9-13
    5. Acts 13:1-12
    6. Galatians 5:19-21
  2. What does the Bible say about magic?

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2
  2. Watched the English episode of a TV drama
    1. What did you learn from this video about writing successfully in English?

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AS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

Prepare a 3-4 minute presentation on any topic of US history.  You can use any topic from the textbook or from the handouts. You can use the same topic as for your New York presentation if you want (but it must be 3-4 minutes long).

  • Use PowerPoint rather than the overhead camera, for clarity
  • repeat the key points several times during your presentation.
  • Speak slowly.
  • Remember the lessons you learned from watching the video today.
    • use simple English.
    • use words that you know (if you don’t know them, your listeners probably won’t know them either).
    • use short sentences.
    • speak key words
      • loudly,
      • slowly,
      • clearly,
      • with gestures
      • point to the picture, map, illustration, etc.
      • speak with life and passion.

Today’s class

Presentations by 3 students.

We watched an episode from a famous TV drama and made notes about how to communicate key points, how to be convincing and persuasive, and how to write (and speak) in English with few mistakes.

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