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English: Week 2 Lesson 1: Course outline and defining 'memoir' and 'bildungsroman'
Transcript of English: Week 2 Lesson 1: Course outline and defining 'memoir' and 'bildungsroman'
1. Working individually, write down
that you know about
This Boy's Life (
anything at all, e.g. where it is set, when it's set, why you like/dislike it, what a particular character is like etc.)
2. We have 5 minutes.
3. Class discussion to follow.
The essence of Unit 3 AOS 1
In Unit 3 you are asked to respond analytically to text in Area of Study 1, 'Reading and creating texts'. In order to demonstrate mastery of these sections of the course you need to be able to explore 'how meaning is created in a text' and respond to the text by developing an
analytical response (SAC 1)
Dealing with genre: memoir
Memoirs are factual stories about someone's life. 'Memoir' is from the French word mémoire, which means 'reminiscence' or 'memory.' They are a part of the nonfiction literary genre and are usually told in the first person. We might expect the information the author provides in a memoir to be factual, but that doesn't mean the memoirist won't occasionally embellish the truth to tell a more interesting story.
Dealing with genre:
Bildungsroman: A Bildungsroman is a story of education. It is similar to coming-of-age stories; however, the characters of the Bildungsroman are more specific. In order for a novel to be considered a true Bildungsroman, the main character has to experience some form of moral development. In essence, they have to grow up. The focus of the character's growth is the main thrust of the narrative.
Activity 2: Wordle
1. Working individually, go to http://www.wordle.net
2. Create a wordle of 10-15 words/ideas that are important in
This Boy's Life.
3. Print it out.
4. We have 15 minutes.
5. After printing, form groups of 4-6. Each person will explain their word choices to the group.
6. A volunteer from each group will explain their word choices to the class as a whole.
7. We will have 15 minutes.
Course outline and key dates (10 minutes)
1. SAC dates and getting organised.
2. Outline of course.
3. Homework expectations.
Homework: Letter to the editor and summaries of
This Boy's Life
LI: To familiarise ourselves with the course requirements and
This Boy's Life.
SC: Students will know when the SACs are and be able to define metalanguage about genre, including what 'memoir' and 'bildungsroman' are.
Recap of success criteria:
Students will know
when the SACs are
and be able to define metalanguage about genre, including what