Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Writing Strategies I

Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Writing Strategies I class blog. Thank you for visiting.

This blog will be updated weekly. Each week there will be a summary of the lesson and the homework details.

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.


  1. Send me an email: what did we do in today’s class and your comment.
    1. Use the proper email format
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post (投稿).
    1. The comment topic is: “Introduce yourself to your classmates: tell us about your experiences of reading books (both English and Japanese books) and/or tell us about your childhood memories, or both”
    2. For your privacy, when leaving a comment, use your family name only or use a nickname.
    3. If you use a nickname, please tell me your nickname when you send me your email.
    4. To leave a comment, you must first type in your email address. Please use your school email address.
  3. Homework deadline for #1 and #2 above: Tuesday (April 16th) midnight (23:59).

In today’s class, we

  1. introduced ourselves in English
  2. Received Sheffner’s contact information and blog address.


  1. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (LWW) (Click the link to buy it on Amazon Japan. Save money! Buy the Kindle version here.) If you find this book difficult, I strongly recommend you also buy the Japanese translation to help you. Click here to see it on Amazon Japan.)
  2. A Guide to MLA Documentation

In this class this semester, we will

  • read C.S. Lewis’ story
  • learn something about C.S. Lewis himself
  • learn about academic writing formats
  • make 1 or 2 presentations
  • write a final paper in English.

Why read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (LWW)?

  1. It is a very famous children’s story in the English-speaking world.
  2. You can learn about British culture and history (a little) by reading it
  3. You can learn about Christianity
  4. Christianity is an important part of Western culture
  5. It is a children’s story, so it is relatively easy to read
  6. It is not a textbook, but an original story written for native-speaking English children.
C.S. Lewis
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17 thoughts on “Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Writing Strategies I”

  1. Hello. I am Sakurako. I commute between Osaka and Kyoto everyday. It takes me 2 hours to go to school. I have to get up at 5:30 am if I have a class at the first period. It is very hard for me to get up so early. However, I decided that I would attend as many class as possible. I want to make efforts to enhance my English skill in this class communicating all members in this class. I anticipate that I will enjoy this class.

  2. Sorry, I’m late for leaving this comment.When I was a child, I was troublemaker.One day I went to hospital to have a injection with my mother,I escaped from hospital without shoes because I hate injections.Doctors,nurses, and my mother followed me.Finally,I was caught by my mother and took back to the hospital. This is the most impressive memory for me.

  3. I’ll explain my childhood. I was born in Ehime. My elementary school was so small and there were only 18 students in my grade. So, we got along very well. I remember that I went camping with all classmates, our families and our teachers. We enjoyed having a barbecue, breaking watermelons and looking at the sunrise. This is one of the best memories.

  4. I’ll leave a comment about me. I was born in Nara, 19th August in 1993. I have an older brother. When I was an elementary student, I played with him and his friends outside, played soccer ball, Onigokko and Kan-keri. Sometimes, we played inside, played cards-game and computer games. It seemed as if I was a boy. So I like my brother. we are good brother and sisiter, I think.

  5. “Awaji Island is calm Island” … except when there’s an earthquake! I hope your family were not hurt.

  6. I was born in Kagawa. I’ll introduce my memory of my childhood. When I was 5, went to sea with my family. I picked up a lot of shell. After I went back to home, my grandmother made straps by sticking a piece of cloth. They became my treasure.

  7. When I was 11 years old, I went to New York to the siteseeing because my cousin lived in there then. My cousin speaks English very well, so I was helped by them. I can’t speak English but I thought it was experienced very much
    and I’ll try to practice English very hard.And I was member of volleyball team when I was 17 to 18 years old. It was strict to practice and protect our rules, but, however, I thouht it was very good to play volleyball. And my favorite book is “Moshidora”. It’s very useful to spend my life.

  8. I was born in Kochi. I lived in Tottori for three years when I’m in high school. So, I know about Tottori as well as Kochi.
    My best memory is that I went to Spain with my friends in church. Seeing the pope I was impressed! I really want to go there again.
    I have many books written by Japanese and translated. Now I’m trying to read “Harry Potter in chamber of secrets” in English. It’s so long story. But reading books is fun!

  9. I talk about my childhood. I was born in east Osaka. When I was six teen years old, I moved to Nara. My best memory is that I bought a dog. Look at him on the shelf, I had a love at first sight. After I brought him to my house, I always played with him.So we were like a friend at all.

  10. I remember the memory about my childhood a little.I was born in Chiba. And my family moved twice. So I live in Osaka now. When I was a child, I`ve been to Camp with my family many times.We had BBQ and play with my family. It was very fun. In there, nature is very beautiful! Now, I’m busy. But I want to go to Camp again. Thank you for reading.

  11. *I have a painful memory which I have experienced when I was child.
    It is the scar on my eyeblow.When I was about 4 years old I was playing with my sister.I was injured by the big scoop which she used.
    *I recommend you “If the world were a village of 100 people”.It is the most impresse book which I have ever met.
    This book is one of my treasures:-).

    I’m from Awaji Island of Hyogo.Awaji Island is calm Island.
    Thank you!

  12. I was born in Tottori. I grew up in Kyoto. Memories of childhood is thhat I went to Hiroshima with my family. I remember that it was impressed very to go to see the atomic bomb dome. There are only memories of my time in elementtary school was playng outside. I was also very active child like this.

  13. Nice to meet you. I am Takami. I don’t know most of you. I will get along well with you. My favorite things are listening to music, reading books, shopping clothes for refreshing. I often listen to music of UVER world, YUI, miwa, and so on. I listen as for anything despite genre of the music, if the melody is my preference.

    The other day, I wrote about my childhood memories in this class. I experienced the play when I was 12 years-old. I must have spoken lines in English in the play. The play is “Snow White”. It was difficult to do it, because I didn’t learn English at the time. At first, I could not read lines. The others of my classmates could not too. We asked our teacher to many questions of pronunciation. I had a hard time, but The memory is my precious. Of course, the play was great success.

  14. Hi! When I was six, I moved to Osaka from Tokyo. I would often visit my grandparents house in Tokyo after I live in Osaka. I have read Harry Potter in translation. Please get along with me 8:)

  15. I’ll introduce my childhood memory.When I was 4 years old, I went to amusement park with my family for the first time. I enjoyed a Ferris wheel or a merry-go-round. After that,my mother let me ride the roller coaster. I was scared. Since then I can’t ride the roller coaster.

  16. Hi! I am Urabe. I am from Wakayama. Nice to meet you.
    I will write about a childfood memory. I went to Shirahama with my family and relatives when I was 5 years old. We went to Adventure world and saw pandas. I played with my cousin a lot. It was fun!

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