AW2: week 15, February 2nd, 2018

Todays’s class

Write an essay for 2 of the following topics. Choose topics you did not use in the January 19th class. You have 85 minutes. Double-space your writing and add a suitable title. You may not use dictionaries or electronic or internet devices.

  1. If you could change one important thing in your city or town, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples.
  2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Consumers should have to pay for every song they download from the Internet.
  3. Discuss the similarities and differences in the student-teacher relationship for young children (grade school) and for young adults (high school through college).

I’m sorry I can’t be there today, guys, but am in hospital for an emergency eye operation.

it was fun teaching you, and I wish you all the best in your future. Enjoy this life.


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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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