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AW1, Week 3, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here.  If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address *@kpu.ac.jp as this is whitelisted. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)
  2. Textbook pp 8-9 Practice 3
  3. Read the sample essay on pp 15-16

 

 

Today’s class

  1. What did you read in English recently?
  2. free writing (5 mins) about what you read or your classmates read
  3. What are the characteristics of academic writing?  part 2.
    1. Last week’s worksheet is here: AW1_Lesson2_worksheet
    2. Today’s worksheet is here: AW1_Lesson3_worksheet
  4. textbook p. 9 Practice 4
  5. p. 11 Practice 6
  6. p.12 Oractice 7

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Academic Writing I, week 3: April 22nd, 2016

NB Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.

Homework

  1. Find something easy and interesting to read in English.
  2. Choose a topic and start writing your explanatory essay.
    1. Suggested topics:
      1. A social or other problem that affects a large number of people that you are concerned about
      2. A holiday or trip you took.
      3. A place, person or event that you have strong feelings about.
Today’s class:
  1. Returned wk1 writing
  2. Free writing: about something you read in English recently.
  3. Textbook p2 A what is an essay?
  4. P3, essay format
  5. P4 practice 1.
  6. P6 C
  7. P7 practice 2
  8. Characteristics of academic writing
  9. Bloom’s taxonomy comment.
    1. Bloom’s taxonomy is a pyramid. The idea is that human thinking starts with knowledge, information. Then it progresses upwards towards more and more complex and sophisticated thinking processes. However, these sophisticated processes are impossible without the lower levels. E.g. analysis is not possible without knowledge (level 1) and understanding (level 2).

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Academic Writing II, week 3: October 16th, 2015

Homework

  • Write a detailed outline for your “Persuasive” essay.
  • Write the first draft of your essay (complete) and bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Exchange your arguments and counter-arguments with a classmate and give him/her some feedback.
  2. List your arguments in order of importance.
  3. Textbook p. 99 E: read.
  4. P. 00 Practice 5. Write your answers on a piece of looseleaf paper and hand in at the end of the class.
  5. Start writing your outline and essay.
  6. To be persuasive, an essay in English needs to consider opposing points of view, otherwise it is one-sided and a one-sided essay is not persuasive.  For example, an essay that only talks about the positive side of nuclear power, but not the negative, sounds like propaganda. The writer may be considered ignorant – doesn’t he know about the negative side of nuclear power? Is he stupid? Clearly, the writer has not thought about this matter seriously, or done any research.
  7. Some of the topics chosen by this class are:
    1. the death penalty
    2. global warming
    3. banning pets shops from selling animals
    4. improving cell-phone manners
    5. Whether or not to join a club
    6. Whether or not school uniform is a good idea.
    7. Downloading music without paying: should it be illegal?
  8. To write a good, persuasive essay, you need to know the main arguments both FOR and AGAINST.
  9. E.g.
    1. The death penalty:
      1. FOR: it is a deterrent. It deters criminals from committing violent crimes.
      2. AGAINST: life is a gift given by God. It is not man’s to give or to take away. Also, one of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.”
    2. Global warming:
      1. FOR: Human beings are responsible for a huge increase in “greenhouse gases” such as CO2, which are making the whole planet warmer. If this is not stopped, the ice caps will melt and the sea levels will rise resulting in much damage and loss of life.
      2. AGAINST: There has been no global warming for the past 18 years. In addition, CO2 levels have been continuously rising, yet global temperatures have not. This shows that CO2 is NOT the cause of global warming.
    3. Banning pet shows from selling animals:
      1. FOR: It is cruel to animals. People do not care for their pets properly and many are abandoned after a short time.
      2. AGAINST: Private property – what business people do is a private matter and the government has no right to interfere. Further, there are serious consequences if the government interferes in private business.
    4. Whether or not school uniform is a good idea:
      1. FOR: It avoids embarrassment for poor students who cannot afford the nice clothes that rich students would wear. In addition, another purpose is to distinguish between different schools.
      2. AGAINST: the original purpose of school uniform in Japan can be clearly seen by the origin for the design – the Prussian military. The differences between school uniforms is minimal (compare that between different British schools, for example), so this argument is weak. If the purpose was to distinguish between schools, why are all uniforms black?
    5. Downloading music from the Internet – should it be illegal?
      1. FOR: Property rights. The creator of the music is the one who should decide whether to give it away for free or to charge for it and how much. The music was created by the musician’s own brain and musical talent and hard work, therefore the rewards (the profits) also belong to that person. Downloading music without paying is stealing.
      2. AGAINST: Digital content cannot be “stolen”. The person downloading is only making a COPY of the original, not STEALING the original.
  10. In addition, if you are recommending some action by the government (as in topics 1, 2, 3 and 7 above), you should be aware of the main purpose of government. In the English-speaking world, the purpose of government is to protect the rights of the citizens.

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Academic Writing I, week 3: April 24th, 2015

Homework
No class May 1st. Next class is May 8th.
  1. Send me an email. If you can’t, leave a comment on the blog.
  2. Visit blog after I reply to your email and follow the instructions which will be posted Monday May 4th.
  3. Read the samples 4, 5, 6. Are they academic? why? Or why not? Write your answers, and bring them to the next class, May 8th.
Today’s class
  1. Free reading: 10-15 minutes
  2. Reading report
  3. Book share in small groups.
  4. Reviewed homework.
  5. True/false about academic writing. (10 sentences)
  6. Academic writing samples 4, 5, 6

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Academic Writing II, week 3: October 17th, 2014

Homework

  • Is your topic controversial? Avoid non-controversial topics for your persuasive essay.
  • Read again your introductory paragraph.
  • Change topics if you want to.
  • Plan your persuasive essay. Write your first draft. Bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

      1. Read the sample persuasive essay, “School Uniforms Should Not Be Required” (click link to see the essay)
        1. What is the writer’s opinion about school uniforms?
        2. Where (in which paragraph and where in the paragraph) is the writer’s opinion stated?
        3. What is the purpose of paragraph 2?
        4. Does the essay persuade you? Why or why not?
      2. Read the sample persuasive essay on Teen Drivers.
        1. What is the writer’s opinion about teen drivers?
        2. Where (in which paragraph and where in the paragraph) is the writer’s opinion stated?
        3. What is the purpose of sentences A and B?
        4. Does the essay persuade you? Why or why not?

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    1. Look at the sample essay in the textbook on pages 90-1
      1. What is the writer’s opinion about babies in Japan?
      2. Find the objections (=counterarguments) and match them with their answers (= arguments) (see page 93 Practice 1, 3)
    2. Students typically choose non-controversial, boring topics for the persuasive essay. Here are some sample controversial essay topics:
      1. Global warming is not happening.
      2. All drugs should be legalized.
      3. The government should withdraw funding for all education.
      4. The sale and possession of guns should not be restricted.
      5. Separating plastic bottles from other trash is a waste of time.
      6. Subsidies on rice should be abolished.
      7. Wearing a seatbelt in a car should be optional.
      8. Driving licences should not be required.

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Academic Writing I, week 3: April 25th, 2014

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Kamogawa River, Kyoto, looking north. April 25th, 2014

Homework:

Write (type)  your explanatory essay, print it out & bring it to the next class, Friday May 9th.

In today’s class

  • Students read each other’s homework writing
  • textbook p2, 3 (format), p6 “purposes for essays”,  p7 practice 2,  p 9 practice 4, p11 practice 6, p12 practice 7,  p 19 example topics, p25 the outline, p 29 “The Hook”.
  • Michel de Montaigne  (1533-1592) is considered one if the fathers of the essay form. Read about him in Japanese on Wikipedia
  • Some students gave me their homework from last week (I asked for it after class had finished, and some students had already left the room). If you typed your “Place” and “Person” writings, then please email them to me. If you wrote them by hand,  give them to me next time (May 9th).

Bonus

Here is a powerful TED talk by Eric Whitacre, creator of the virtual choir. On a computer you can watch it with English subtitles (I don’t know about on iPhones) on the TED website: https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong or watch the YouTube video below (no subtitles):


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Academic Writing II – week 3, October 18th, 2013

Homework:
Choose a topic for your next essay (read textbook p94 Section D and the model essay on pp 91-2), and write the first draft. Bring it to class next week (October 25). We will read and comment on each others’ drafts. Handwritten is ok at this stage.

today’s class:

  1. we read and analyzed the short model essay (click here to download)
  2. textbook p90: answer questions 1-3 in writing
  3. read and analyze the model essay on pp 91-2
  4. read p 92 section C & p 93 Practice 1

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Academic Writing I – week 3, April 19, 2013

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Homework: (click here to read what we did in today’s class)

  1. Read these pages and sections in the textbook, and answer the questions in the textbook:
    1. p. 3 section B
    2. p. 4 practice 1
    3. p. 6 section C
    4. p. 8 section A
    5. p. 9 practice 4
  2. Read this short essay by French economist and thinker Frederic Bastiat called “How Paris is Fed” (bonus points if you can find an online Japanese translation) and write some your answers to these questions:
    1. Was it interesting? Why (or why not)?
    2. Did you feel you wanted to read more? Why (why not)?
    3. Did you enjoy reading it? Why? Which parts (sentences, words, images, etc) did you enjoy?
    4. What did you notice about the
      1. grammar (vocabulary, etc)
      2. logic (what order or organization does the writer use?)
      3. rhetoric (how does he convince or persuade the reader? How does he encourage the reader to read more)?

Today’s class: Continue reading Academic Writing I – week 3, April 19, 2013


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Academic Writing II – week 3, October 19th, 2012

It’s just a first draft
  1. Freewriting 1: 5 mins
  2. Freewriting 2: same but for a neighbour: edit your freewriting #1 to create a piece of writing that you would be happy to let your neighbour in class read (or write something completely new, or mix the two, it’s up to you)
  3. Freewriting 3: same but for whole class – edit your freewriting #2 (if necessary, if you want to) to create a piece of writing that could be read by the whole class.
  4. Freewriting 4: how did your writing change? Did it change? Which was easier to write? Which was most interesting to read?
  5. Get back  your last week’s papers
  6. Random groups of 5-6 students: share your list of possible topics, then say which one you chose & why. Make suggestions, ask questions, give feedback.
  7. Changed your mind about topic? If so, change it now.
  8. Each person told the whole class about their topic ( title only, not reasons)
  9. Freewriting 5: about today’s class.
  10. Hmwk:Comparison/contrast essay draft #1 – don’t worry about format, or grammar, or spelling. These can be dealt with later.
    1. I just found this short essay comparing private and public universities in Egypt. It’s not a great example (I’m sure you can write something better), but it might give you some ideas.
  11. Schedule for this semester:
    1. Nov 2 – compare/contrast due
    2. Nov 30 – persuasive essay due
    3. Jan 11 – “responding to a reading” due.
First draft - a handwritten example
First draft
Hemingway quote: "The first draft of everything is shit."
Hemingway quote: “The first draft of everything is shit.”

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