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Week 14

Dear students,
Today you will hand in your final papers, which are worth 20 points each. You should review in-text citations and references by downloading and bringing to class the two files below:
APA formatted in-text citations
APA formatted references
If your final test intext citation or reference was marked as incorrect, please correct them and show it to your teacher.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 13

Dear students,
Today you will hand in your final paper, and take a final test. The test is to write a two paragraph reaction paper about an event in one of today's newspapers. You may bring in a newspaper to class if you wish, or you may access one online. You should summarize the article's contents and include in intent citation marker in APA format. The second paragraph should be your opinion of the story. Finally, you should write an APA style reference to match your intext citation marker.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 12

Dear students,
Today you should hand in your first draft, complete and typed, with intext citations and references all formatted in APA. A survey is not essential but welcome. This assignment is worth 30 points.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 11

Dear students,
Today you will carry on working on your final paper. If it helps, type your essay so that you can edit it more easily. If you need to carry out a survey, please do. Let me see how you are doing. I might be able to offer advice.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 10

Dear students,
Today please read your survey reports that you completed for homework. After that you will start your final paper about one of the six topics covered in class. You should write between 600 and 1000 words. Your paper should include a survey, and you may work in groups if you wish.
This paper is due in January so you have much time.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 9 lesson

Dear students,
Today you will conduct a survey about one of the six topics that you have written about thus far. The structure of your report should be;
Introduction
Method
Results
Discussion
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 8

Dear students,
Today you will have a mid-term test. Write a summary and opinion of a novel. You should write over 150 under 250 words . Write in paragraphs. Use intext citations and write a reference in APA. Bring your book to class.
At the beginning of the class, hand in your portfolio.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvn

Week 7

Dear students,
Today you will talk about media. Please download the prints and bring them to class.

media 1

media 2

media 3

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 6

Dear students,
Today you will study about language. Please download the prints and bring them to class.

Language and Communication

Where did English language come from?

Questions about Langauge

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 5

Dear students,
Today you will study about gender. Please download the prints and bring them to class.

Gender Quiz

Brain Gender

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

P.S. You should hand in your portfolio at the end of the semester. You may show your portfolio or essay to me any time during class. I can check your writing or APA format and offer you feedback.

Week 4

Dear students,
Today you will study about human rights. Please download the prints below and bring them to class.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

BBC Human Rights Case Studies

BBC Human Rights Case Studies Online

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 3

Dear students,
Today you will study about globalization. Please download the print below and bring it to class.

Download globalization print

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Globalization help sheet

Week 2

Dear students,
Today you will discuss about fashion. Please download the file below and bring the prints to class.

Download fashion prints

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 1

Dear students,
Today you will write a two-paragraph review of a graded reader that you read recently. The first paragraph should describe the story (who, what, when, where, why, how) and finish with an in-text citation (the author's family name, comma, year of publication of the book you read enclosed by parentheses).
The second paragraph should be your opinion of the book.
Finally, you should write a full APA formatted reference for the book in the "References" (see page 20 of "Becoming A Better Writer".
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin
P.S. Please call me Mr. Elvin or Chris, not teacher.

Welcome to Chris Elvin's reading and writing class

Dear students,
Welcome to the course. Your grading criteria is as follows:

Attendance 30
Class portfolio 30
Mid-term assignment 20
Final assignment 20

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Blog cancelled

Dear students,
I have decided to cancel the blog. There is no need to visit it for the moment.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 1

Dear students,
Today you will learn about the course, go online to find out your reading level, and study chapter one of the textbook, Select Readings.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Welcome to Chris Elvin's Rikkyo University reading and writing class blog

Dear students,
The grading criteria has been changed to as follows:

Attendance and participation/group work (30%) You should attend ALL classes.
lStudents need to attend 80% or more of the classes taught to earn a passing grade. Students who are absent from class four times or more fail the course. lYou may apply for exemption when your absences are due to the following cases. 1. Officially approved illnesses(学校感染症) 2. Lay judge(裁判員制度) 3. Bereavement leave(三親等以内の忌引き) lComing late for class two times is counted as one absence in this course. lTrain delay slips (遅延証明) issued at stations are not valid unless in the case of a serious interruption of service due to an accident.
Mid-term test (10%) There will be a short mid-term test based on the topics of the textbook.
Graded reader assignments (40%) You should read one graded reader per week from Macmillan Graded readers, Oxford Bookworms, Penguin Readers, or Cambridge English Readers. In order to find your level, you should take the Macmillan Reade…