Saturday, 10 December 2016

New Points System

Dear students,
I would like to reward all the hard work that you are putting in for your portfolios and announce a change in the points system for your grading. I hope it will be to your liking.

Here is the new distribution:
portfolio - 40 points
attendance - 30 points (this can't change)
three book summaries of 150 words each - 10 points
mid-term test - 10 points
final test - 10 points

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Week 14

Dear students,
Today is the last lesson. Please make sure to bring your portfolio to class. It should include everything that you did in class. You should also remember your three book summaries. After you have handed in your portfolio, you will have a final test.

Test Question:

Read an article in one of the newspapers listed below:

The Guardian
The Washington Post
The Japan Times

(The date of the article should be the same as the test day).

Summarize it in one or two paragraphs.
Cite it in your essay in APA format.
Write your opinion of the article in one or two paragraphs.
Write a full APA formatted reference to it in the "Reference" section of your essay.

In total you should write more than 250 words.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 13

Dear students,
Please read your group essay on globalization to another group. Then hand it in to your teacher for marking.
Your topic today is gender. In groups of three, choose a topic within the broad subject of gender. Draw a map, write a thesis statement and title, and write your parts of the essay. Type this up for homework, and highlight the parts that you wrote.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 12

Dear students,
First, read your group essay about media to another group. Then highlight your parts of the essay and hand it in to your teacher for checking.
Today's topic is globalization. Please write about this in groups of three. Let your teacher check your map before you write. You should write at least 250 words per person and type this up in APA format for homework.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 11

Dear students,
First, please read your group essay on language to another group. Then highlight the parts that you wrote, and hand it in to your teacher for checking.
Today's topic is media, so like you did in the previous week you should narrow your focus, draw a map, write a thesis statement and a title, and write your parts of the group essay. For homework you should type it up in APA format. Each person should write at least 250 words. Remember, if you summarize, paraphrase or quote, you should indicate this by an in-text citation marker within the text, and write a full APA-formatted reference at the end of your essay.
Also, if you copy a complete sentence and don't cite it, you will be guilty of plagiarism!
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Friday, 25 November 2016

Week 10

Dear students,
To start today's lesson, please read your essay on appearance to another pair or group. After that, let your teacher briefly check your essay, including your intext citations and references.
Today's topic is language. You may write about anything you like within the broad subject of language. You should research and write about this topic in small groups. Your essay will be the same for your group; You will each contribute a different section of the essay. First, narrow your focus, and write a title or a thesis statement. Then do your research and draw your map or outline. If you summarize, paraphrase, or quote, you will need to include APA formatted intext citations. The ideas and quotations you use should support your thesis.
A good essay should be well researched, have a clear intelligent opinion, and be well written. At the end of your essay, you should have a list of APA-formatted references which match your intext citations. Each person in your group should write at least 250 words.
While you are working on your essay, your teacher would like to look at any one of the papers that you have written so far. He will check it for errors so that you can notice the kind of mistakes that you may be making. Please choose which paper that you want him to check.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Friday, 18 November 2016

Week 9

Dear students,
Please read your essay about human rights to another pair at the beginning of the class. I would also like to have a look at these essays, too. In particular, make sure that your intext citation and references are in correct APA format.
Today's topic is appearance, so you will write about a work of art. With a partner research your topic on Wikipedia and summarize the article in one or two paragraphs. You will need to cite your source in APA format as usual (an intext citation and a full reference). After that, write your opinion of your chosen work of art in one, two, or maybe a few paragraphs. Before you start writing, you should draw a map of your essay with your partner. In total, you and your partner should write between 300 and 600 words.

APA Format Example

Here is an example of an in-text citation in APA format. In this particular case, it is a Wikipedia web page about Van Gogh`s "Sunflowers". This in-text citation would normally come at the end of the summary.

("Sunflowers", n.d.)

Here is the full reference for "Sunflowers" which would appear in the "References" section at the end of the paper.

Sunflowers (Van Gogh series). (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflowers_(Van_Gogh_series).

If you have time, please read your essay to another pair.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin