Thursday, May 15, 2014

Film Devices: Final Day

-Music Videos
-"Finite" Viewing:

-Read Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter":

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Film Analysis

-Bell Work
-Review of Camera Movements and Transitions
Critical viewing:
-Sharing of the YT journals

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Introduction to Cinema Analysis

-Bell Work
-Review of Shot Types, Framing, and Camera Angles
-Video Viewing


-Find a music video or any other appropriate YouTube video and explain how it uses shots, framing, and camera angles to support its meaning

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Journey of Jane

Ms. Hoffmann
AP/Honors Literature
The Journey of Jane
*To analyze why and how individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text
*To read closely to draw inferences
*To prepare for and to participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations

Last class we reviewed the concept of Bildungsroman, which refers to a novel of self-development.  Bildungsroman consists of four general characteristics (from handout):
1.      It is a story of a single individual’s growth and development within the context of a defined social order.
2.      The hero beings the journey because of loss or discontentment.
3.      Throughout the long process of maturity there are repeated clashes between the hero’s needs/desires and the views/judgments of a rigid society.
4.      By the end the hero begins to internalize social values.  At this point, the hero also tends to assess himself and his new place in society. 
Jane Eyre consists of five distinct sections, which can be read as building a bildungsroman.  Given the extensive Biblical and spiritual allusions throughout the text, the novel more specifically might be considered a novel of spiritual self-development. 

Analysis of Jane as (Religious) Bildungsroman Directions:
·         With a partner, review your assigned portion of the text.  You may skim and/or refer back to your reading questions.
·         Get a chart paper and some markers.  Divide one side into four squares.
o   Square One: Draw a timeline for this chapter.  Choose no less than five key events to incorporate.
o   Square Two: Answer the following questions:
§  What brings Jane to this place?  Was it loss or discontent?
§  What new conflicts does Jane experience as she clashes with the established social order here?
o   Square Three: Draw a symbolic representation of Jane given what she goes through and/or the ways in which she grows in your section (include labels). 
o   Square Four: Write a paragraph that addresses the following (you may need to continue onto the back of your chart):
§  How has Jane changed through her experiences within this section?  Does she have a new place in society?  What is it?  Does she have a new relationship with religion/spirituality?  What is it?
Grading Checklist:
·         Timeline                                                                                                              _______/5 
o   Consists of 5+ major events
o   Consists of events relevant to section
o   Is detailed enough to understand
·         Short Answers                                                                                                    _______/5
o   Address all four questions
o   Are relevant to section
o   Are supported by specific examples and/or plot details
·         Symbolic Drawing                                                                                             _______/5
o   Seems to represent interpretation of Jane from section
o   Contains descriptive labels
·         Long Paragraph Answer                                                                                     _______/10
o   Addresses all questions
o   Provides more than yes/no answers
o   Supports answers with more specific textual evidence relevant to length
·         Presentation                                                                                                        _______/5 
o   Clearly presents group’s opinions on Jane Eyre as bildungsroman
o   Speaks clearly at a reasonable pace
o   Makes eye contact with the audience
o   Addresses audience questions

An Introduction to Bildungsroman


  • PPT: What is Bildungsroman?
  • Viewing Sample: Pilgrim's Progress

  • Freewrite: 
    • Overall, how is this section an example of Bildungsroman?
      • What does Jane learn about herself? (versus her state purpose)
      • How does she learn it?
      • What message does this section convey?  (About religion?  About Jane's perception of it?)
      • You may wish to think of similarities with PP
  • Finish free write if you have yet to
  • Book Reports due Friday (remember that you need to come with copies for the whole class)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jane as the Ideal Woman?


  • Bell Work
  • Make sure you have an AP account
  • Journal
    • How does Jane compare to the ideal, Victorian woman based on what we've read thus far?
      • Requirements
        • 1 p.; full sentences
        • Reference specific plot events and quotes
        • Reference at least two of the following:
          • BBC Handout
          • Patmore's "Angel in the House"
          • Godey's
          • (Simple in-text citations are allowed rather than full MLA)
  • Read chapters 24-26

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ideals of Victorian Womanhood Con't

-Bell Work
-Godey's reading
-Victorian Word Cloud and Comparison

-Read through Chapter 23 w/ Reading Questions
-Finish reading the BBC handout