Can you believe that it's already been one month since we first started our course? Time flies!
During the first part of our lesson, we continues with literary terms. Remember that your book reports are due in two more weeks, so I hope you're almost finished reading your graded readers.
We continued with learning about literary terms. In today's lesson, we looked at symbols in literature.
There is additional information about symbols in the "Reading-Literary Terms" section on the website. The file is called Symbols in Literature.
Remember these points when analyzing symbols:
a. a symbol usually occurs throughout your book
b. a symbol can have one or many meanings
Before our discussions, we reviewed Conversational Style. As you know, English conversational style is very different from the Japanese one. During a discussion, you can "jump in" at any time to ask a question or to make a comment. You don't have to wait to be invited to speak during a discussion.
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
Please show good manners so that our lesson is enjoyable for everyone. This means not using your phones during our lesson, speaking English, and being prepared for each lesson.
Book Report #1
We need an extra lesson to prepare for our book reports, so I've change the deadline. The new submission date is Friday, May 22.
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #4
3. Journal Topic #4: best friend experience
4. Finish reading your graded reader
5. Secret Garden literary terms (symbols, theme)
Blog Question #4:
FOR GROUP MEMBERS:
Give yourself a score out of ten for your participation in today's group discussions. Why do you think you deserve this score? Give reasons and/or examples to support your answer.
In today's class, I would give myself a score of 8/10 for my participation. First of all, I asked my group leader when I didn't understand vocabulary. For example, I asked the group leader to tell me the meaning of "gun control" and "amendment." Second, I gave examples about Japan's gun control in the discussion. However, I didn't always make eye contact with all my group members, so this is something I need to improve next week.
FOR GROUP LEADERS:
Give yourself a score out of ten for your performance as a group leader. Why do you think you deserve this score? Give reasons and/or examples to support your answer.
In today's class, I was the group leader. I would give myself a score of 8.5/10 for my performance. First of all, I checked my group's understanding about 4 times during my summary. Also, I encouraged all my group members to participate. I asked them directly for their opinions and asked them to make comments the opinions of other group members. However, I forgot to do a pronunciation practice for my vocabulary, so I need to do this for my next discussion.