I hope everyone had a great Golden Week vacation, and you're well-rested for a busy May.
At the beginning of our lesson, we continued with literary terms. We started with situational irony. This type of irony occurs when the outcome of an event or situation is the opposite of what is expected. The result can range from the humorous to the tragic. We completed a short pair activity on making our own ironic endings.
We then moven onto literary terms, and looked at theme. The theme of a novel is the message from the author. This is what he/she wants you to learn or the main character to learn. You can ask yourself these questions when thinking about the theme:
Before our discussions, we reviewed expressions that you can use to check your group's understanding. You can use these expressions;
a. Are you following me?
b. Are there any questions?
c. Do you understand?
Also, when you don't understand during a discussion, you can ask these questions:
a. Can you explain that again?
b. What was that again?
c. What does ... mean? (when you don't know a word)
1. Discussion preparation
2. Journal Topic #5:
4. Choose essay questions for book report
5. Secret Garden Literary Terms (irony)
Secret Garden Field Trip:
Next week, on Thursday and Friday, we'll be going to the musical The Secret Garden. In Friday's lesson, I'll give your the map and directions. However, for the students going on Thursday (Misa, Minako and Yo), please click on this link for the map to the theater.
Map to Shinjuku Theater
Please meet in front of the theater at 6:40pm. I'll be there with students from another course. If you arrive after 7:00pm, it won't be possible to enter the theater until the intermission (=break).
Blog Question #5:
It's only our second lesson, but it was just as busy as our first one. Just one more day, and you can all say TGIF!
The Secret Garden and Literary Terms:
After speed discussion, we had a quiz on chapters1-8 of The Secret Garden. Remember to finished read the rest of th story for next week. We will be using it in class for all of April.
We also had a short activity that introduced literary terms. You will have to analyze each of these terms for your book reports. In today's class, we learned about (1) the point of view; and (b) the protagonist.
Before we started our discussions, we went through the procedure for leading a discussion. We also looked at the criteria that I will use to evaluate your discussions each week.
You did a good job at giving your opinions and asking for the opinions of your other group members. However, remember these points to improve your discussions next week:
You exchanged journals with your writing parter. 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)
2. Journal entry #2: langauge learning experiences
3. Read Graded Reader (15+ pages)
4. The Secret Garden (ch. 8-15)
6. Choose your Book Report essay questions
7. Bring 2500 円 for the musical
Blog Question #2:
Choose one of the topics below. Give your opinion on the topic. Use an opinion giving expression, and give a reason and an example to support your opinion.
Remember to start your opinion with an opinion expressions (e.g. In my opinion, ... / As I see it, ...)
* the most annoying thing
(In my opinion, the most annoying thing is ...)
* the best Japanese food
(As I see it, the best Japanese food is...)
* learning languages
(If you ask me, learning languages is ...)
* living in Tokyo
(I think living in Tokyo is...)
* smart phones
(In my opinion, smart phones are...)
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Thursday, April 23 by 6:00pm.
Please make sure to bring 2500円 next week for your ticket for our theater field trip.