IE Core 3 Spring 2013: Lesson 2
Wow! There was so much to do in yesterday's class. I can't believe how quickly three hours passed!
Opinion Giving and Discussion Leading:
We had a short review activity about the expressions for giving your opinion and for agreeing and disagreeing with opinions. Make sure to support your opinion with a reason and/or example. When you want to ask for somebody's opinion, you can use these expressions:
1. What are your feelings on this?
2. What do you think about this?
I was very impressed with your discussions yesterday, especially your preparation. Most of you were able to give your summary without your notes! Great work!
However, remember these points to improve your discussions next week:
For the writing section of our lesson, we learned about the purpose and structure of a persuasion essay.
A persuasion essay gives the writer's opinion on a topic and the writer wants to convince the reader to support his/her position (either for or against something).
We read a sample persuasion essay and identified the different parts. Remember that we'll be learning about each part in more detail over the next few weeks. All of the materials are in the Writing-->Persuasion Essay section on the website.
Finally, we also brainstormed a variety of topics that you can choose from for your topic.
You exchanged journals with your writing partner. You will keep your partner's journal this week and write 3 pages in your partner's journal:
a. one page of comments on your partner's writing
b. two pages on this week's new topic
1. Discussion preparation (see schedule)
3. Essay Structure Activity
4. Choose essay topic
5. Blog posting #2
Enjoy your week!
Blog Question #2:
Tell me about one of your childhood experience in your hometown (include the name of your hometown in your post).
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Tuesday, April 23 by 6:00pm.
4/19/2013 11:13:36 pm
My hometown is Kasumigaura City which is located in the southern Ibaraki prefecture. It is small city that has a population of 40,000, but it is a very warmhearted city. My childhood experience in my hometown is a local summer festival. It is mainly composed of children who is 6 to 15 years old, and proceeds around our region pulling a float. I played on a fife. Sounding a fife is difficult for a elementary school student, but as a result of practice, I became to be able to play it. I can do it even now. It is good memory that I could experience this festival with my friend. This is the one of my memorable childhood experience.
4/20/2013 01:05:08 pm
I was born in Shizuoka City.There are many parks and a lot of nature stays in the city so it's a good place to be able to live comfortably.I was a child who like to play outside in nature. There was a small pond near my house and I used to go there to catch fish when I was a child. One day, I threw a catching net in the pond and it was hooked on a rock. I tried to pull it strongly and then,I lost my balance and fell into the pond.I was so surprised at first but I could reach the shore because the pond was not deep. I went back home with my wet clothes and my parents was really surprised to see my figure.Fortunately,I didn't get hurt and that is a laughable memory for me now.
4/20/2013 11:48:17 pm
4/21/2013 03:21:42 pm
When I was a kindergartener, I lost my way and wandered into a stranger place. My hometown is Zama City, Kanagawa prefecture. There are some parks, a lot of sunflowers, and U.S. Army Camp Zama. One day, I played with my friend at a park nearby her house, and I lost track of her. I got scared when I found myself left alone in a strange place and I burst into tears. Just then, an American woman happened to come along, and she took me to my kindergarten. Thanks to her, I could stop crying and come back home.
4/21/2013 03:29:01 pm
My home town is Mitaka-city in Tokyo. The moving zoo came to my sister's kinder garden in Mitaka. I could ride a mini horse and feed to many animals. I remember to feed breads to hens and other animals. It was so excited experience for me because I had not been touched the animals in the zoo. Recently, I found my pictures which was shooted in that day. In the pictures, I ate the breads for the animals. I really lauhted at that because I completely don't remember that. In fact, my mother knew that I must eat the breads for animals, so she prepared fresh breads.
4/21/2013 05:06:24 pm
My hometown is Joetsu city, Niigata prefecture. It is famous for one of cold and snow area in winter, but in fact, it’s hot in summer like Tokyo. When I was child, I enjoyed playing outside. I liked summer because it’s always sunny, and I could play outside with my friends. On the contrary I didn’t like winter because it was so cold to play outside, but I liked to play with snow. In my childhood, we had a heavy snow, so we could enjoy making a big snow hut or riding on a sled near my house. In snow hut, it was so warm, and I enjoyed eating Oshiruko (Sweet red bean soup with mochi) in it. In recent years, it is less snow, so it’s difficult to play it, so I’m sad that children can’t do it easily.
4/21/2013 05:37:05 pm
I was born in Nagano prefecture but I moved to Niigata when I was an elementary school student. Then, my entire classmate had a surprise party for me. I had many uneasy feelings because if I moved to Niigata, there are no my friend, new town and new school and so on. So I thought I don’t want to go to Niigata but they give a lot of picture, letter and songs. This party started suddenly after the class. I enjoyed the time of party while dancing and singing. After that we went to a park which is a famous as a big park in Nagano city. There are many squirrels at there so we took a lot of pictures then. I had a wonderful time of party. This is one of my childhood special experiences in my hometown. I still vividly remember about it.
4/21/2013 08:50:15 pm
I used to live in Nara prefecture. Especially my house was in a part of countryside so that was surrounded by a river and forest. I liked to see a deer, monkey, boar and so on. Sometimes monkey was coming to our house and ate our persimmon, so maybe my mother doesn’t like them. I always played to climb a tree and walk around on a forest. Every summer break, my family and my friend’s family met and played together at river. We swam at river, ate a lunch at huge rocks, and caught a crayfish. Fortunately I grew up healthy because fresh air surrounded to me. Now I live in Kanagawa because my family moved to here. Life is getting useful but I miss nature.
4/21/2013 09:34:42 pm
I took part in Jizou-festival in my hometown Mihara-City, Hiroshima when I was an elementary school student. The Jizou-festival began from 1830 to hold a memorial service for people who died of the starvation and the epidemic disease in my region. Now it changed like one of the ordinary Japanese summer festival. I could wear beautiful yukata only that day so it was the excirting event for me. I enjoyed eating shaved ice and watching fire works with my family and friends. I can't forget the view at the time because it reminds me a strong attachment to my home town as a nostalgic memory. The bingo game was also held at the festival and I took delight in getting some gifts. I had a good time at Jizou-festival and it is one of my special childhood experience.
4/22/2013 01:43:26 am
In my hometown, Ushioda Tsurumi in Yokohama city, there is a shrine named Ushioda Jinja. On the first weekend in June, we have the Ushioda festival. Many people carry Omikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets and you can enjoy eating and drinking at food wagons. It is such an exciting event and I used to look forward to taking part in it. I am afraid, however, there are a lot of gabbages left all over the town. When I was in the third grade of elementary school, in our class meeting we decided to clean the town on the following day of the festival, and we did. In the next year, all the students of the school did. In the following year, all the elementary school students and junior high school students did. Since then, the cleaning after the festival has been a routine.
4/22/2013 04:02:04 pm
My childhood hometown is Lexington, Kentucky. The ice skating class is the experience that I cannot forget. There are 3 main reason for this. First, because it is the first sport that I ever experienced. Later, I became a fan of roller blading, since it a was an easier version of ice skating and I could skate in my neighborhood. You'd think that I would still love ice skating, but I am not in love with the sport any more. This is because at this ice skating class, I saw a gild younger than me cut her face with the skating shoe's blade. It was very scary for me to see so much blood at that time, so I quit the class after that incident.
4/22/2013 04:38:27 pm
When I was a child, I liked to play outside with my friends. Our parents used to teach basketball to the local high school students, so while they were teaching, we had plenty of time to play. We used to going around the high school. There were a stream. I liked to watch the flow, but sometimes one if my friends was dropping in the stream. That's shallow, so we were ok. This is my memorable experience in my childhood.
4/22/2013 05:37:04 pm
My hometown is Yokohama in Kanagawa.It is famous for sightseeing place.When I was in elementary school,I did sightseeing my town.It is first time to know my town is good place.I enjoyed in the park near the sea,rode a sea side bus etc…After that,I spend my childhood in Yokohama.I always played in Yokohama in holiday.My first experience to do part time job is in there.
4/22/2013 05:59:47 pm
Having taken an interview for entering the private kindergarten is one of my childhood experiences for me. I was born in North London, which is called Hendon, but I came to Minato-ward, Tokyo in the age of entering Kindergarten. Before coming to Japan, my parents had considered about which kindergarten I would go, private or public. Also, it was a first time to take interview, and I remember it a little bit. After introducing myself, one of the teachers asked me which foods I like or dislike. I already had an answer for it. That because my mother said “If teachers asked you what kind of food you don’t like, you must say “I like every food, so I don’t have any dislikes.”
4/22/2013 06:31:25 pm
My hometown is Minami-Gyoutoku in Chiba.I was in the Yosakoi club in jounior high school.I spent most of my time dancing with my friend after school.I was not good at dancing and it took me more time to become able to dance.Also I liked to play with my friends at the supermarket and the spa center.We were able to sit on the massage chair for free at the supermarket and stay at the spa center for a whole day for only 500yen.This is my most memorable experience in my childhood.
4/22/2013 06:53:53 pm
My hometown is Urayasu, Chiba. I moved 8 times in my life. Other places have lived only for a short time, but I live in Urayasu for 10 years. Although I think that you know, Urayasu is famous for Tokyo Disney Resort. When I was in elementary school, I had a year passport for Tokyo Disney Land, so I went there after school with my friends. In the weekend, I went there with my family. There are lots of memories in Tokyo Disney Land. Even now, I love Tokyo Disney Land, and also Urayasu.
4/23/2013 12:22:41 am
My hometown is Sapporo, Hokkaidou. There are a lot of snow in winter. I often play with snow. For example I enjoy skiing every winter. My first skiing is in the park near my house when I was 5 years old. I didn't know how to skiing, so I was bad at skiing. Then I practiced skiing very hard. As a result, I am good skier now. It is my precious memory.
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