Welcome back! (YIS: 2017-2018)

Hi there!

My name is Mr Hutton, and I will be your English teacher this year. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! By way of introduction, I attach a photo of myself and Kenta (my son). He likes eating muffins, yoghurt, and playing with toy cars! (I also like such things…)

Welcome (back) to YIS for the 2017-2018 academic year! I hope you all had a restful and refreshing summer break. I am looking forward to seeing all the returning students as well as meeting the new – I hope you too will enjoy YIS!

I will be sharing individual student folders with you shortly, which you will use to organise your files and submit work. In the meantime, you might like to bookmark this blog. Also, don’t forget to add the subject share folder to your Google Drive – it is how I share everything with the class so it is really important! (If you don’t know how to do this I will go through it in class…)

This is a good starting point, but as we work through the year you will need to check out the relevant page for the unit you will be studying. Will will also be using Google Classroom this year, but I will introduce this during class time.

To access individual unit pages, choose your class —> Grade X —–> Unit XXXX to find the correct unit page. Units are split into individual lessons, which you can click on the links for. Extra resources are also included on these pages.

There is so much fun and learning on the way this year and I am really looking forward to it. Can’t wait to meet you all next week! Let’s have an exciting year!

Welcome back to YIS – 2016-2017!

hello pic

Welcome back to YIS for the 2016-2017 academic year! I hope you all had a restful and refreshing summer break. I am looking forward to seeing all my old students as well as meeting new students – I hope you will all enjoy YIS!

I will be sharing individual student folders with you shortly, which you will use to organise your files and submit work. In the meantime, you might like to bookmark this blog. Also, don’t forget to add the subject share folder to your Google Drive – it is how I share everything with the class so it is really important!

This is a good starting point, but as we work through the year you will need to check out the relevant page for the unit you will be studying. Go:

Choose your class —> Grade X —–> Unit X to find the correct unit page. Units are split into individual lessons, which you can click on the links for. Extra resources are also included on these pages.

I am looking forward to a very exciting year!

Persuasive speeches – breaking down topics

breaking questions apart

Today we looked at how to break down a topic to prepare for an essay or speech.

Follow the same process for your own speeches:

  1. Start with your thesis (opinion or argument on the topic)
  2. Brainstorm reasons for and against
  3. Think about the counter-arguments for the reasons against
  4. Now try to group your topics together (like the image above)
  5. Now plan and write your speech, using the speech planner and the persuasive techniques we learned about!

HINT: If you want to refer to the earlier model speech, check here.

Good luck!

Welcome to Mr Hutton’s English classes at YIS! (2015-2016)

A hearty welcome to all my students from grade 7 to 11!  We have been working hard to redevelop our units of inquiry and we think we have some exciting things in store for you.

Because of this redevelopment, you may find some empty pages on my blog. Uh oh!  Please excuse this as I will be rebuilding my unit pages as we go.

In the meantime, you can check out the year overview page for your grade, which should have all the information you need.  If not, shoot me an email at huttona@yis.ac.jp and I will help you out!  I have put the hyperlinks below, however you can also access the pages by going to my blog –> ‘Choose Your Class’ –> “Grade XX English’ –> selecting relevant page.  I have also put the links to our class share folders, so please add the relevant one to your drive for easy access to resources. This folder is pretty important as this is how I will share most resources and assignments with you.

Year 7 Overview DSCN1056(blog page)
Year 7 Google Drive share folder (view only)

Year 8 Overview (blog page)
Year 8 Google Drive share folder (view only)

Year 9 Overview (blog page)
Year 9 Google Drive share folder (view only)

Year 11 Overview (blog page)
DP Lang Lit share folder (view only)

8A Tutor share folder (view only)

 

I hope we can have an interesting, fun and thought-provoking year together!

(PS: Sorry about the photo – it is the only one I took over the summer…)

Fact or fiction? Comparing texts…

101_0403In preparation for our final assessment, we summarised the strengths and drawbacks of the three different types of texts we used to study about Apartheid in South Africa. Which ‘way’ did you like the best?  What makes you say this?  We will communicate our thinking in a separate blog post during Friday’s lesson, so give some thought to it before then!

 

Key Concept: Perspective

In our first unit for grade 7 English this year we will be using PERSPECTIVE as our key concept. Before we started digging in to this big idea, we had a brief discussion about what we already think we know.

perspectiveFollowing this, we had a look through the following presentation, completing a ‘See: Think’ routine and then added to our earlier ideas.

So in conclusion, we decided that PERSPECTIVE is… how different people see, think and feel about things, depending on their point of view.

 

 

Concepts vs. Topics: What’s the Difference?

Today in class we discussed the difference between a concept and a topic.  After some discussion, we came up with the following ideas…

conceptvstopic

So basically, concepts are big ideas that are timeless, universal, and can relate to many of our subjects at school, whereas topics are more about specific times, people, things and places.

We then had an in-depth discussion about the following image – is Dinosaurs a concept or a topic? Have a look at the drawing and decide…

dinosaur analogy

We decided that as dinosaurs are not timeless, nor universal, they are a topic.  We also brainstormed possible concepts that could be studied in relation to dinosaurs, and we came up with ideas such as evolution and change.  Cool huh?

Finally, have a look at some of the words below. Concepts are listed on the left, whereas topics are listed on the right. Keep an eye out for more big ideas and ask your teachers what key concepts you will be learning about this year!

concepts vs topics

Image credit: IBO MYP Language and Literature Guide (Next Chapter)