AW2: WEEK 12, January 12th, 2018

Homework

Read the textbook chapter 6, pp 133-136 (Section C) and p. 137 Section D.

Today’s class

  1. Make sure you know how to format your Bibliography or Works Cited.
  2. Make sure you clearly introduce the article you are responding to in your introduction.
  3. Clarification of the meaning of “negative correlation/relationship” in the Kohn article.
  4. Free writing: your winter vacation
  5. Sentence combining worksheet (download it here: SENTENCE COMBINING wksht
  6. Read again your free writing. Can you find sentences which could be or should be combined? Combine them.
  7. Every claim needs evidence. Read again your free writing and add evidence that you could provide to prove that you did what you said you did in your vacation.

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Happy New Year

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year.

 

 

 

 

 

“There is never a stop to the sunrise. Sunrise happens all day long. Somewhere on this earth the sun is rising. Somewhere on this earth the sun is setting. That was just where YOU were. It never stops. It keeps happening all day long. And what is your night, somewhere is daylight.”


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AW2: WEEK 11, DECEMBER 22nd, 2017

Happy Christmas, everyone

 

Update:  After the winter break, we will have 4 classes, not 3 as I said in class: Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2.  Over those 4 weeks, you will write at least 3 timed essays.  Do your best to attend these final classes.

Homework

  • Send me your draft 2 (response essay with evaluation) as soon as possible.
  • Read through the reference material I gave you this week and last week. You will need them to write your final essays in class in January.

Today’s class

  1. Claim, data and warrants (handout) Download the handout here
  2. Practice writing warrants for student-generated claims and data:
  3. Write a response to this class
    1. Define the class (for a hypothetical reader who is not in this class and knows nothing about it)
    2. Summarize the content of this class (this semester’s work, briefly).
    3. Your evaluation.
  4. 1-to-1 conferencing.

 


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AW2: WEEK 10, DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

Homework

Essay #5 (Response essay) draft #2:  Response + evaluation / + recommendation

(If you want my comments to your draft #1, please ask me when you email it to me.)

Today’s class

  1. For reference:
    1. Sample annotated response essay (download it here:S ample Response Essay annotated
    2. Academic Writing general reference (bilingual version): http://bit.ly/2zvyzE6 
      1. How I will grade your essays from now on: download it here (1 page) Academic Writing 2Rubric
  2. Individual conferencing

Bonus:


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AW2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017

Homework

  • Write essay #5, draft #1 – personal response essay (no evaluation)
    • You can use the essays in the Appendix of the textbook (about homework and video games), or any book, article, essay, movie, etc (in English or in Japanese) that you have strong feelings about.
    • The purpose is to inform readers about the work (book, article, essay, etc) and to tell them your response to it, and why you feel that way.
    • In this first draft, you are not trying to make the reader agree with you.

Today’s class

  1. Parallelisms (download the worksheet here: On parallelism )
  2. Chapter 5 textbook p. 114 Practice 1, #1, #2, #5, #6.
  3. Two kinds of response essay:
    1. Personal response (no evaluation, no recommendation)
    2. Response + evaluation / + recommendation
  4. Annotated student essay – for your reference (this is not a response essay).  Download it here: Annotated_Student_Research_Paper_MLA
    1. Notice the in-text citations and the bibliography and the formatting.
  5. Sample response essay (no evaluation or recommendation). Download it here: Sample Essay 5 – 1 Founainhead
    1. Make sure you tell the reader the name of your original article or book or whatever, in the first paragraph.
    2. Summarize truthfully, accurately and briefly, the original.
    3. Give your response (no evaluation, no recommendation).

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AW2: WEEK 8, December 1st, 2017

Homework

Read the sample essay on pp 113-4 and the “Privacy” essay in the Appendix, pp. 159-161.

(Send me your essay #4 final draft, if you have not already done so.)

Today’s class

  1. To think like a Westerner, practice asking (and answering) yourself “why?”
  2. Topic sentence worksheet – rewrite
  3. Connected sentence-writing
    1. Analysis
  4. Essay #5 – Response essay – is due Dec. 22nd.
  5. Essay #6 – Timed essays – are to be done in class in January
  6. To pass this class, you must complete 3 essays this semester of  a satisfactory quality.
  7. Read the first paragraph of the sample essay on p. 113
  8. Write a similar paragraph in response to today’s reading about GMOs, including the “Works cited”.

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AW2: week 7, November 24th, 2017

Homework

  • Complete your final draft  (final version) of your Essay #4 and email it to me, if you have not already done so, or if you did not give it to me in class on Friday.
  • Email me by Monday 23:59  your preference regarding the class copy of Essay #4 (only if you have not already done so).
    • Do you give your permission for your essay to be copied for the class collection?
      • If yes, are you OK with your name being published or not?
    • Do you want a copy of the class collection of Essay #4?

Today’s class

  1. Principles and values:
    1. When persuading, we tend to argue from our own values
    2. But if the other party does not share those values, our efforts will fail.
    3. Therefore, it is useful and important to know and understand other people’s values in order to more successfully persuade them.
  2. Grammar worksheets:
    1. Topic sentences / thesis statements (practice)
    2. Sentence fragments
    3. Reduce wordiness
    4. Parallel structures
    5. Dangling modifiers
  3. 1-to-1 conferencing

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AW2: week 6, November 17th, 2017

Homework

Write your final draft for your Essay #4 (Persuasive Essay) and either email it to me, or bring it to next week’s class.

Today’s class

  • mini-lecture on writing persuasive essays in English
    1. Title should be persuasive –
      1. “Think seriously about food self-sufficiency” is not persuasive.
      2. “Japan Must Be Self-Sufficient in Food!” is a good title:
        1. The topic is clear
        2. The author’s position is also clear.
    2. You need counter-arguments
      1. to show that you know and understand the issue well
      2. to show that you have considered other points of view, and therefore your essay is fair
      3. Without counter-arguments, your essay is one-sided
        1. One-sided arguments appear
          1. ignorant
          2. biased (similar to propaganda)
      4. Your topic and position AND REASONS must appear in the first (introductory) paragraph – this is your thesis statement: E.g. “People should do xxxx because (reason 1), (reason 2) and (reason 3).”
        1. E.g. “People should read paperbacks instead of  e-books because they are lighter, you can see how much you have read, and they do not tire your eyes or affect your sleep.”
    3. Many students’ essays are not persuasive because they are arguing from Japanese principles or Japanese values. People who do not have the same values will not be persuaded. More next week.
    4. On a more general level, not only to write persuasive essays in English, but also as part of your general education, I suggest you educate yourself about essential ideas or principles of today’s industrialized  societies (including Japan):
      1. the free market
      2. contract law
      3. property rights
      4. individual rights
      5. individualism
      6. capitalism
  • 1-to-1 conferencing.
  • Request for volunteers to read my simplified story and give me feedback. BONUS – you can use this material for your next essay #5 “Response to a Text”.
    • If you volunteer, please read one of the chapters and underline or somehow mark the words or phrases  or sentences you don’t understand or need to use a dictionary for. Then give me back the chapter next class. Thank you in advance.
  • BONUS: Tutorial video on how to use MSWord to create references and a bibliography:
  • (Click here for text explanation)

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AW2: week 5, November 10th, 2017

Homework

  • Write draft #4
    • re-write your draft #3 after getting my comments and corrections.
  • Email me your draft #3 (if you have not already done so)
  • Email me your draft #4 or bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Some general comments about your essays
    1. You need to define your terms
    2. Every claim needs evidence (and if necessary, citations/references)
    3. Warrants: you need to explain how and why your evidence supports your claim or thesis.
  2. Option:  I am writing a simplified version of a very famous and fascinating story that teaches basic ideas about Western (especially American) culture and society, and I am looking for volunteers to give me some feedback about my writing. So far I have written two chapters.

    1. Here’s some info on the original book on Wikipedia   (and in Japanese here)
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