Welcome to Sheffner’s 2014 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.
- Send me an email: what did we do in today’s class and your comment.
- Use the proper email format
- Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post （投稿）.
- The comment topic is: “Tell us about your favourite English story, or your favourite Japanese children’s story.”
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- Homework deadline for #1 and #2 above: Tuesday (April 15th) midnight (23:59).
- Watch the movie of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (LWW), or read the book (in English or in Japanese). There is no deadline for this homework, but you will enjoy “The Magician’s Nephew” more and understand it better if you know the story of LWW.
- Group 1 – prepare to explain about the first 8 pages (first half) of chapter 1 to the class next week.
- Group 2 – prepare to explain about the second half of chapter 1 to the class next week.
In today’s class, we
- Received Sheffner’s contact information and blog address, and the outline of this course.
- Did some freewriting and started reading chapter 1
- This semester we will be reading & discussing C.S. Lewis’ Narnia story, “The Magician’s Nephew”. You can buy it on Amazon Japan. Click here. You can buy a good 2nd-hand copy from as little as ¥120! Click here. I use a Kindle version which I can read on my iPhone or iPad. Click here for the Kindle version.There is a Japanese translation, which costs just ￥1 on Amazon Japan!
I look forward to teaching you and learning with you this semester. In this class this semester, we will
- read a 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 Magician’s Nephew” (TMN)?
- It is a very famous children’s story in the English-speaking world.
- You can learn about British culture and history (a little) by reading it
- You can learn about Christianity
- Christianity is an important part of Western culture
- It is a children’s story, so it is relatively easy to read
- It is not a textbook, but an original story written for native-speaking English children.