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
We also learned about 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.
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 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:
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, irony, theme)
Blog Question #4:
What are your plans for the Golden Week vacation?
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! Do you remember that expression from class today?
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 protagonist; (2) the antagonist; (3) point of view; and (4) setting.
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 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)
2. Journal entry #2: langauge learning experiences
3. Read Graded Reader (15+ pages)
4. The Secret Garden (ch. 8-15)
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 opHi Yusa and Nobuko, I completely forgot about making the reservation at our Italian place, so when I tried ot make it today, the place was fully booked. I'm so sorry. I was wondering if you would like to try Spanish food. There's a place near Aogaku (either Shibuya or Omotesando station) that is really good. Ryoji and I go there every month. If that's ok, let me know. If not, I'll find another Italian place. So sorry again.inion, smart phones are...)
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, April 22 by 6:00pm.
Please make sure to bring 2500円 next week for your ticket for our theater field trip.