Read the sample essay in the textbook pp 91-2. The theme is decline birth-rate. Don’t read uncritically! Don’t drink the Koolaid! Ask yourself: “Is this really a problem? What is the problem, exactly?”
- Quiz about British universities
- Quick review of key points about academic writing
- Plato’s “akademia“: not a school as we understand it today, but rather a community of inquiry, discussing big questions and sharpening the minds of the participants through discussion and conversation.
- The Scientific Revolution: e.g. Copernicus, Galileo, Newton – questioning the accepted knowledge (what “everyone knows”), searching for objective evidence (what they can sense with their own senses and understand with their own minds)
- The trivium: grammar, logic, rhetoric – was the fundamental education used in the Middle Ages in Europe.
- THEREFORE, when you write your essay,
- Start with a question, e.g. “What is a good life? What is a good person?” or question what everybody knows: “Is the earth REALLY at the centre of the universe, AS EVERYONE BELIEVES? Is separating the garbage REALLY a good idea? Is homework REALLY beneficial?
- Check / re-confirm your understanding of key words (i.e. find objective meaning, not relying on your own “image” of the word). E.g., to teach “Academic Writing” I need to first clearly understand the meaning of “academic”: where does this word come from? What is the original meaning? Use a good English-English dictionary to help you learn the history of a word and the root meaning.
- “Dragons and Giants” (from “Frog and Toad Together”).
- Summarize the story: what did they do and who did they meet?
- Answer and discuss the discussion questions on the worksheet.
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