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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Godey's Lady's Book v. 40-41 1850

Godey's Lady's Book March 1850


Victorian Woman Hood

Copy the following questions into a Google Document.  Answer them and share with me before going on to your Ideal Victorian Woman Word Cloud.  

  • What generalizations can you make about Victorian women based on skimming through Godey's?
  • What does your group's section of "The Work Table" feature?  What does it suggest about middle-class women's perception of work?  
  • Read Goethe's "The Sphere of Women."  
    • How does Goethe define the role of women?
    • How does he see the woman's role as having advantages over that of man?
    • On what is woman dependent?
    • How does the image complement the text?
You are done!  Share your document with me!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gothic Conventions in JE


  • Read 16 + 17 for Friday
  • Vocab Quiz Friday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reflections of Charlotte in Jane

-Bell Work
-Notes on Charlotte Bronte + JE
-Skim:  Focus on the correspondence between Jane and Robert Southey.
-Journal: To what extent does Jane reflect upon Charlotte's life?  Use evidence from the powerpoint and the website in comparison with what you see in JE.

-Read chapters 11-15 (yes, you have to complete the reading questions)
-Finish the journal if you have not

Victorian Childhood and JE

-Bell Work
-Logistics Discussion
-The Children Who Built Victorian England

Journal: Using three textual examples, explain how Jane's life (remember Jane effectively is an orphan) compares to that of other Victorian children.

*Read through chapter 10 w/ reading questions
*Complete your journal for tomorrow

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Women in Victorian England Activity

  • Walk through the activity, reading the information behind each door carefully.  It will take you through the three portions of the Victorian Era.
  • At the end, pay careful attention to the summary.  I strongly suggest adding this information to your notes.

Introduction to the Victorians

-Bell Work
-Slide Show
-Analysis of Sample Pieces: "Poverty Knock," "White Man's Burden," and "Astarte Syriaca"

-Start Reading for Friday Chapters 1-5
-Essays due Tuesday, April 8th

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wordsworth Review

-Bell Work
-Wordsworth Discussion
-Overview of Blake

-Read your assigned Blake poems
-Write a paragraph explaining how the two poems display contrary states of the human soul
-Identify any Romantic conventions that you find

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Citing Drama

Do Not forget:

That should help you with citing drama

British Romantics

-Bell Work
-A discussion of the end of last week
-Observations of "Frost at Midnight" and "I wandered lonely as a cloud"
-Romantics Notes

-Read Wordsworth packet (only the starred poems)
-Complete questions that go with each poem

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How Words Function in Othello

-Bell Work
-Wrapping up allegorical versus psychological motives
-Words in Othello 

-Read Act 5

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Psychological vs. Allegorical Evil

-Bell Work
-Wrap-up of Previous Discussion
-What is allegorical evil? Psychological evil?
-Folger Video (0:00-7:00)
-Textual evidence

-Find three examples to support your stance
-Read Act 4

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Othello: What's in a Name?

-Bell Work
-Intro Ppt on Elizabethan Writing and Othello
-Journal: What names do we call others?  What motivates such name calling?
-Activity: Find all of the names that Othello is called in Act 1 (no fewer than 5)

Name he is called ||| Who calls him it ||| What the motivation behind it is

-Presentations due tomorrow
-Vocab quiz tomorrow
-Read Act 2 for Monday and continue to add on to the name chart

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Elizabethan Era Research

-Bell Work
-Overview of Presentation Rubric
-Time to work on presentations

-Read Othello Act 1 for tomorrow
-Elizabethan Presentation (Thur)
-Vocab Quiz (Thur)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Essay I Review Wrap-Up

-Bell Work
-Practice Grading
-Compare with the sample graders

-Edit Essay for Wednesday (aim for a 9-level essay)
-Be prepared to work on presentations tomorrow
-Vocab quiz will be on Thursday

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Intro to Essay Q1

-Intro to Section 2
-Sample Section 2.1 Question
-How to parse the prompt
-Noticings in the two poems

-Take half an hour to hand write your own answer to the sample 2.1 prompt

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MC Workday II

-Continue working on MC

-MC corrections due after break
-"Ozymandias" SPOTTTS due tomorrow

AP MC Review (late)

-Vocab Quiz
-Returning of AP MC
-AP MC Corrections

-Continue work on AP MC (Due after break)
-"Ozymandias" SPOTTTS due Wed

Friday, February 7, 2014

Modern Sonnets

-Vocab update
-Questions about sonnet assignment
-Modern sonnet stations + journal

-Vocab quiz Monday
-Finish sonnet stations for Monday
-"Ozymandias" SPOTTTS due Wednesday

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shakespearean Sonnets Concluded

-Discussion of Sonnet 138
-Discussion of Shakespeare's Legacy
-Sonnet Hunt

-Continue your sonnet hunt

  • Create a Google Doc
  • Find one example each of a Petrarchan, Spenserian, and Shakespearian Sonnet
  • Explain how each fits the format that it falls into
  • Make sure that your doc has your name on it and is shared with me

Monday, February 3, 2014

Petrarchan Conventions + Carry-Over into the English Sonnet

-Bell Work
-Review of conventions of Petrarch
-Journal: Why are the ideas of lost love and overwrought emotions still common motifs in popular culture?

-Read Spenser's "Sonnet 15" and answer blog questions
-Meter quiz and journal (see earlier blog post)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Questions for the Amoretti Sonnet

An Intro to Petrarch

-"What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why" Millay Review
-Petrarchan Conventions and Sonnet Structure
-Sonnet CIV Overview

-Read Drayton's "The Parting" and compare with what we have reviewed of sonnets thus far.

Meter Homework

  • Go through and answer all 10 questions until you get them correct
  • Take notes as you go explaining why the chosen answer is correct in terms of both the specific foot that is used as well as the length of the line

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An Introduction to Poetry and Meter

-Meter Presentation
-Iambic Pentameter Handout

-Read Millay's sonnet and answer the questions on the back
-Hang on to your midterms for future classes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Midterm Exam Review

-Midterm Reviews
-Bell Work sign-ups

-Bring your midterm to look over again tomorrow

Monday, January 13, 2014

Link to Everyman

For those of you looking to watch Everyman early you can find the link here.  Remember that you need to fill out the worksheet as you view the play.  You should have all of this done prior to Thursday's class.

"The Miller's Tale"

-Bell Work
-Finish up powerpoint: Chaucer and satire
-Update the Pilgrims Google Doc
-What is fabliaux?

-Read "The Wife of Bath's" Tale
-Paragraph: From this reading and its prologue does Chaucer seem to be taking a pro or anti- Feminist stance?

Monday, January 6, 2014