What’s a Bildungsroman?

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The bildungsroman (bill-DUNGZ-ro-men, German for “formation novel”) is a genre of the novel which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.  The driving force behind the plot (and the major impact of the work) is the main character’s search for self, so change is thus extremely important.

The birth of the bildungsroman is normally dated to the publication of Goethe’s The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister in 1796.  Although the bildungsroman originated in Germany, it has had extensive influence first in Europe and later throughout the world.  Thomas Carlyle translated Goethe’s novel into English, and after its publication in 1824, many British authors wrote novels inspired by it (e.g. Dickens’ Great Expectations).

A bildungsroman tells about the growing up or coming of age of a sensitive person who is looking for answers and experience.  The genre evolved from folklore tales of an idiot or youngest son going out in the world to seek his fortune.  Usually in the beginning of the story there is an emotional loss which makes the protagonist leave on his or her journey.  In a bildungsroman, the goal is maturity, and the protagonist achieves it gradually and with difficulty.  The genre often features an underlying conflict between the main character and society.  Typically, the values of society are gradually accepted by the protagonist, and he or she is ultimately accepted into society – the protagonist’s mistakes and disappointments are over.  In some works, the protagonist is able to reach out and help others after having achieved maturity.

Week 1:2 (Aug. 15-19)

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AP LITERATURE: Discussion PrepCourse Syllabus, Join the Remind GroupJane Eyre Journal Directions & Turnitin Registration Instructions, Sample JournalsJane Eyre E-textPoetry Packet, MLA Template, Jane Eyre Vocab. Assignment, First Quarter Reading ScheduleVisual Thesaurus, LitFinder (password for at-home use is pinellas)

AP SEMINAR: Seminar SurveyLenses HandoutPlagiarism NotesJoin A Day’s Remind Group, Join B Day’s Remind GroupLibrary Research Methods, Library Resources, Police/Robots PacketSPHS Photo TaskTurnitin.com Registration InstructionsTone Packet, Unit Topics SurveyCitation MachineWorld Book Encyclopedia (username: pinellas, password: schools)

research databases: Gale Databases (password for at-home use is pinellas), Google Scholar, EBSCOhost (coming in September), JSTOR (coming in October)

Week 1:1 (Aug. 10-12)

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  • Blue GETs or  on the agenda indicate a handout or notes being given in class.
  • Green s or indicate classroom activities (e.g., groupwork, lectures, lessons).
  • Red words like DUE or QUIZ indicate an assignment due date or assessment.

Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows. Please refer to the key above to make clearest sense of the agenda. You can also click on the agenda board for a larger zoom-able image. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful documents.

AP English Literature & Composition: Summer PacketDiscussion PrepCourse Syllabus, Join the Remind GroupJane Eyre E-text

AP Seminar, when we meet for class in the library, please bring with you a research topic of your choosing on an index card: What Is Seminar?Seminar SurveyLenses HandoutPlagiarism Notes, Join A Day’s Remind Group, Join B Day’s Remind Group, Library Research Methods, Library Resources, Police/Robots PacketSPHS Photo TaskCitation MachineWorld Book Encyclopedia (username: pinellas, password: schools)

Research Databases: Gale Databases (password for at-home use is pinellas), Google Scholar, EBSCOhost (coming in September), JSTOR (coming in October)

Week 1:2 (Aug. 31-Sept. 4)

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AP English Literature (Seniors): First Quarter Reading ScheduleCourse Syllabus, Discussion Prep, Jane Eyre Journal & Turnitin Registration InstructionsJane Eyre E-text, Jane Eyre Vocab Assignment, Frankenstein JournalPoetry Response Packet, MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Plagiarism Notes, Siddhartha Essay RubricRemind for A-Day Class, Remind for B-Day Class

English 1 Honors (Freshmen): Course SyllabusFour QuestionsProofreading Expectations, Usage Notes, First Vocab. List & Presentation InstructionsJournal ExpectationsLiterature Terms, Theme Writing #1Remind for A-Day Classes, Remind for B-Day ClassesWeekly Learning Goal Self-Evaluation Scale (SL.910.5)

Week 1:1 (Aug. 24-28)

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  • Blue GETs on the agenda indicate a handout being physically distributed in class.
  • Green s indicate classroom activities such as groupwork, lectures, and lessons.
  • Red words like DUE or QUIZ indicate an assignment due date or assessment.

Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows. Please refer to the key above to make clearest sense of the agenda. You can also click on the agenda board for a larger zoom-able image. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful documents.

AP English Literature (Seniors): Summer PacketCourse Syllabus, Discussion Prep, Jane Eyre Journal & Turnitin Registration InstructionsJane Eyre E-textPoetry Response Packet, MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Plagiarism Notes, Remind for A-Day Class, Remind for B-Day Class

English 1 Honors (Freshmen): Course SyllabusFour QuestionsProofreading ExpectationsColormarking, Usage NotesVocab Presentation InstructionsJournal ExpectationsLiterature Terms, “The Scarlet Ibis” E-textRemind for A-Day Classes, Remind for B-Day ClassesWeekly Learning Goal Self-Evaluation Scale (R.910.2)

Week 1:2 (Aug. 25-29)

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AP English Literature: AP Lit SyllabusReading Schedule (1st Quarter)Siddhartha Essay RubricDiscussion Question InstructionsPoetry Response PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses)Turnitin.com Registration InstructionsJane Eyre Journal InstructionsJane Eyre E-textJane Eyre Vocab Assignment

English 1 Honors: English 1 Honors SyllabusFour QuestionsProofreading ExpectationsUsage NotesFirst Vocab Presentations (Instructions)Journal ExpectationsLiterature TermsTheme Writing #1“A Quilt of a Country” Prompts

English 1: English 1 SyllabusFour QuestionsProofreading ExpectationsUsage NotesFirst Vocab Presentations (Instructions)Journal ExpectationsLiterature TermsTheme Writing #1“A Quilt of a Country” Prompts

Week 1:1 (Aug. 18-22)

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Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Friday for the week which follows. I strongly encourage students and parents to check the weekly agenda in the case of a student being absent, being confused, or simply being smart by planning ahead. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful bits.

AP English Literature: Summer PacketAP Lit Syllabus, Siddhartha Essay RubricDiscussion InstructionsPoetry Response Packet, MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Turnitin.com Registration InstructionsJane Eyre Journal InstructionsJane Eyre E-text, Plagiarism NotesReading Schedule (1st Quarter)

English 1 Honors: English 1 Honors Syllabus, Four QuestionsProofreading ExpectationsColormarking #1, Usage NotesVocab Presentation InstructionsJournal ExpectationsLiterature Terms

English 1: English 1 SyllabusFour QuestionsProofreading ExpectationsColormarking #1Usage NotesVocab Presentation InstructionsJournal ExpectationsLiterature Terms

Week 1:2 (Aug. 26-30)

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Seniors: Course SyllabusDiscussion Instructions (question-writing for Monday’s class discussion), Poems for Poetry Responses (instructions included), MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Plagiarism NotesJane Eyre Journal (Turnitin.com instructions included), Siddhartha “Open Essay” RubricJane Eyre E-textReading Schedule for 1:2-1:6Jane Eyre Vocab Assignment

Freshmen: Course SyllabusFour QuestionsVocab Presentation Instructions and Word List (specific word assignment obtained in class), Journal ExpectationsLiterature Terms (specific directions given in class), Usage Notes (Parts I & II)Colormarking #2, Proofreading Expectations (1st Six Weeks)Theme Writing #1“The Scarlet Ibis” Questions

Week 1:1 (Aug. 19-23)

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Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Friday for the week which follows. I strongly encourage students and parents to check the weekly agenda in the case of a student being absent, being confused, or simply being smart by planning ahead. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful bits.

Seniors: Bell ScheduleSummer PacketCourse SyllabusDiscussion InstructionsPoetry ResponsesPlagiarism NotesJane Eyre JournalMythology E-textSiddhartha E-textJane Eyre E-text, MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Siddhartha Essay Rubric

Freshmen: Campus Map, Bell ScheduleFreshmen ActivitiesCourse SyllabusFour QuestionsVocab Presentation Instructions and Word List (specific word assignment obtained in class), Colormarking #1Journal ExpectationsLiterature Terms (specific directions given in class), It’s a Secret to Everybody