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AW1: WEEK 9, JUNE 14TH, 2019

Homework

  • Read the sample student “Problem-solution” essays. You can view them here.
  • Choose a topic for your “Problem-solution” essay.
  • List the bibliographic information for Swift’s essay and a Japanese translation (if you used one), using the MLA style.
  • Email me your essay topic and the bibliographic information by Wednesday midnight.

Today’s class

  1. Discussion about the Swift essay.
    1. Was Swift making a serious proposal?
    2. What is the name for this kind of writing?
    3. What did you notice about the structure of his essay?
  2. Discussion about essay citation homework.
  3. Sentence-correction worksheet (continued).


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AW2: Week 9, December 7th, 2018

Announcement

Essay #4 Class Collection is now ready and can be downloaded here: 

Thank you to all those students who graciously gave permission for their essay to appear. (Note: this document is password-protected which limits printing and changes made to the document.)

Homework

  • Write draft 1 (typed) of your response essay (if you have already shown me your typed complete essay, then this will be draft 2)
  • email it to me by next Friday Dec. 14th
  • Print it out and bring to class Dec. 14th.

Today’s class

  1. 1-to-1 conferencing
  2. Textbook:
    1. p. 116 practice 3
    2. p. 120 practice 5
    3. p. 121 practice 6
    4. p. 123 practice 7
    5. Read the article “Don’t Shoot” (pp. 162-3)
    6. p. 115 practice 2


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AW1: week 9, June 22nd, 2018

Homework

  1. Write essay2 draft1 and email it to me by Friday. Bring it to class.

Today’s class

  1. Distribution of Essay 1 Class Collection (for those who asked for it)
    1. Apologies to those of you who asked for one and did not receive: I printed them Thursday night and ran out of ink before I finished. I will bring the remaining copies next week.
    2. Leave a comment about the essays (optional).
  2. Exchange homework.
  3. Textbook p. 50, practice 5
  4. p. 51, read C “Offering a solution”
  5. practice 6
  6. p. 53. Your turn – write your outline
    1. if necessary, re-write your thesis statement

 

Hooks are not strictly necessary for pure academic essays, but good hooks attract readers, so hook-writing is a very useful skill. Gary North has been writing articles, headlines and hooks for many years. Here is a recent sample. Do they make you want to read more?

 


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AW1, Week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish writing up the claim, evidence, reasons and your counterclaim in paragraph format (if you did not finish in class)
  2. Read the model essay for chapter 2 of the textbook
  3. Choose a topic for Essay #2 from the list on page 46, or choose your own topic.
    1. Begin freewriting and/or brainstorming ideas for your essay.
  4. I want to give all students a chance to read your classmates’ essays. I will make copies of all this class’s Essay #1.
    1. If you do not want your essay to be shown to other students, please let me know by email as soon as possible.
    2. If you agree to share your essay, but do not want your name to be appear, please let me know by email as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  1. Slip or Trip?
    1. Queenie claims Arthur died after falling down the stairs and hitting his head.
    2. List the evidence that supports and does not support her claim.
    3. Give reasons for each piece of evidence: explain why the evidence is important, how it supports or does not support the claim.
    4. Give your claim for what happened, with supporting evidence and reasons.
      1. This is called a counterclaim  (sometimes also called a rebuttal).
  2. Textbook chapter 2,
    1. page 42 (write your answers onlooseleaf)
    2. read pages 43-46 and do as many of the exericses as you can.
  3. Ask your questions about Essay #1.


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AW2 week 9, December 2nd, 2016

Homework

Write a response essay to any one of the following essays. It must be typed with correct format. Print it out and bring to class, and also email it to me.

  1. The “privacy” essay by Penenberg in the textbook appendix.
  2. The “Homework” essay in the textbook appendix.
  3. The “Violent Video Games” essay in the textbook appendix.
  4. Trump’s “America First” speech: trump-foreign-policy-speech
  5. George Washington’s Farewell Address (just the highlighted  foreign policy parts): washington-farewell-address

Today’s class

  1. Discussion of subjective judgements vs objective facts, using a worksheet of sample sentences from student responses. Download the worksheet here: subjective-vs-objective-worksheet
    1. In academic essays, avoid purely subjective, personal opinions, unless you can support them with objective facts.
      1. E.g. “His ideas are old-fashioned.”
        1. If you use such a statement in an academic essay, you must
          1. give an objective definition of “old-fashioned”
          2. show how the writer’s ideas are old-fashioned using examples from the original.
    2. Textbook: practice paraphrasing, quoting and citing
      1. p. 120 Practice 5
      2. p. 121 Practice 6
      3. p. 123 Practice 7.


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AW2 week 8, November 25th, 2016

Homework

Write a simple 5-paragraph (or more)  response  essay to this video clip below.

  1. Your introductory paragraph must include a short summary of the episode, the main lessons it teaches about English study and about life, and whether you agree with those lessons or not and why.
  2. The other paragraphs should deal with the main lessons that you select from the video.
  3. Use the English subtitles for quoting directly from the video, or use paraphrasing.
  4. Finally, cite the original source. The URL is https://youtu.be/AEnO6uYMX4g
    1. Use this format for the citation but without the parentheses:  “(Name of video).” YouTube, uploaded by (name of uploader), 6 June 2016 (date uploaded), www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs (URL, see above or visit YouTube).

Today’s class

  1. Review homework.
  2. Read the sample “response” essay and answer the questions below. The essay is a response to reading “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau. (click the links to read more. Click here to read about Walden in Japanese and here to read about Thoreau in Japanese)
    1. What is the theme of “Walden”?
    2. Does the writer think Thoreau achieved his goal?
    3. What is the subject (topic) of the long paragraph 2?
    4. How many reasons does the writer give for his opinion?
    5. Do you notice anything else about the essay?
  3. Textbook,
    1. p 120-1 Practice 5
    2. p. 121 Practice 6 (#1~#3)
    3. p. 123 Practice 7 (#1~#3).


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Academic Writing I, week 9 : June 17th, 2016

Homework

  • Write your introduction paragraph for your problem-solution essay. If you wish, you may choose a new topic.
  • Email me your paragraph by Wednesday midnight (23:59).
  • Use the following format for your email:
  • email_format_AW

 

 

 

Today’s class

  1. Fill-in-the-blanks exercises.
  2. 6 cartoons (from “The Far Side”):
    1. Describe the picture
    2. Explain the problem.
    3. Suggest a solution.
    4. Do you think the cartoon is funny? Why/why not?
  3. Read the textbook chapter 2,
    1. page 48 A
    2. Do practice 4
    3. read p. 50 B
    4. do practice 5


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Academic Writing II, week 9: November 27th, 2015

Homework:

  • Re-write your second draft response to one of the two essays in the Appendix to the textbook pp. 162-165. This will be your final version. Print out and bring to class next Friday (Dec. 4th). If you will be absent next class, please email it to me.
    • A “response essay” is NOT a 感想文.
    • You are not writing mainly about the topic (violent video games or homework). You are writing about the article (either the Amanda Shaffer one, or the Alfie Kohn one).
    • First, you need to take a position for or against the article (not the topic), and write your position clearly in the first paragraph.
    • summarize the article’s main points and give your response to each together with your reasons why you agree (or disagree) with the points in the article.
      • E.g.,you disagree because
        • the facts in the article are false (e.g. “It is not true that capitalism is responsible for the increasing income inequality. Instead, capitalism is responsible for overall growth in income and wealth; income inequality is partly a natural phenomenon because people are not equal, but it is made worse by the policies of government and central banks.”
        • or because the argument is weak (e.g. “Automation does cause some job losses, but it also creates new jobs that did not exist before. For example, cars and trains automated long-distance travel by replacing horses. Many jobs related to horses were lost (e.g. horse farmers, horse trainers, horse riders, etc.). However, many new jobs were created by automation, e.g. car and train drivers and mechanics, factory workers, engineers, designers, etc. To say that automation destroys jobs is therefore a weak argument.”)
        • or because the writer does not provide enough evidence, e.g. “The writer says that the government knows exactly where the dictator has stocks of dangerous weapons, but does not give the exact locations.”)
        • or because the evidence is weak (e.g. “The author says that ‘research link[s] violent video games to increased aggression’ (162), but the research does not show a clear link, it only ‘suggests’ that ‘violent video games may be more likely to’ lead to aggressive behaviour. It may, but also it may not. The evidence does not support the author’s claim.”)
    • Your reasons should include as many objective facts as possible.
    • Your personal belief is not an argument.  Simply stating your belief is not persuasive and should not be used in an academic essay.

Today’s class:

  1. In groups of 4 or 5, read each others’ essays.
  2. Hand in your second draft of your “Response essay”.
  3. Read the sample academic reading #6 “David Cameron’s porn filter”,  Sample academic reading 6 .
    1. To understand “censorship creep” in the title, you need to understand “mission creep”. Click the link to read a Japanese translation.
    2. Then answer these questions:
      1. What was “always the intention”, according to the article?
      2. What non-pornographic sites were also filtered?
      3. Does the author think that a “social or moral framework” is necessary for the Internet?
      4. What is the evidence, according to the article, that pornography harms young people?
      5. What does the author think the real purpose of the “porn filter” is?
      6. What do you think “extremism” means, and why does the author put it in quotation marks (“..”)?
      7. What does the author mean by “in the name of protecting children”?
    3. Textbook:
      1. read page 118 D
      2. page 120 E and practice 5
      3. page 121 F and practice 6
      4. page 122 G and practice 7.


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Academic Writing I, week 9: June 12th, 2015

Homework:

  • Choose a topic for your problem-solution essay & write the outline.

Makeup class for May 1st will be July 11. Time and place will be announced later.

Today’s class:

Answer the questions about the sample essay ch 2. Answers on loose leaf.

Check your partner’s paper.

TASK: Look at handout #2. (You can download handout #2 here: Is_Your_Doctor_Harming_You_edt  ). Answers on loose leaf.

  1. Why the details about the peer edited journal, etc?
  2. What are the numbers in parentheses for?
  3. What is the meaning and purpose of “References” on p. 2?

 


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Academic Writing II, week 9: November 28th, 2014

Homework:

  • If necessary, re-write your “persuasive” essay, print it out and bring it to class. Next week, you willl read a classmate’s essay and write a response essay to it.

Today’s class:

  • Read my sample response essay.
    • where is my thesis statement? Underline it.
    • write a short comment about my response essay: comment on the structure of the essay, not on my opinions or whether you like it or not.
  • textbook p. 118 D & Practice 4
  • p. 120 E & Practice 5
  • p. 121 F & Practice 6
  • p. 122 G & p. 123 Practice 7
  • p. 125 B & Practice 8


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