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