Bildungsroman — Coming of Age

A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age story.

This Halloween think of Ray Bradbury’s: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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There is a line in the prologue which reads:

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The Harry Potter series is also a bildungsroman, telling the story of Harry maturing and coming-of-age as a wizard.

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A bildungsroman includes these features:

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Today’s assignment:

1. Watch this short video about bildungsroman:

Bildungsroman on youtube.

2. Select a book that tells a coming-of-age story. Explain why you think it is a bildungsroman.

Read more on Ray Bradbury here.

Read more about Something Wicked This Way Comes at Goodreads.

Read more about literary devices here.

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Double, Double Toil and Trouble

J.K. Rowling has changed our perception of witches and wizards forever with her Harry Potter series.

Here Hermione works with her cauldron:

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(fanpop photo)

As Halloween approaches, let us take a look at Shakespeare’s witches:

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(Poetry Foundation)

Today’s Assignment:

1. Memorize the poem.

2. Write a Halloween poem.

3. Read it out loud.

Watch this interpretation of The Hogwarts Spell on youtube.

i.e. and e.g.

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i.e. means “that is”           

 Perhaps thinking of it as “in effect” will be helpful.


e.g. means “for example” 

  Think “example given.”

These are actually abbreviations of the Latin: exempli gratia and id est.


For more see


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Today’s assignment:

1. Write 3 sentences using the phrase “that is.”

2. Write 3 sentences using the words “for example.”

3. Now rewrite those sentences inserting “i.e.” or “e.g.”

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The Beginning of Your Book

K.M. Weiland has written a great book:

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In this book, she explains how to structure your opening.

She begins by saying,

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Some of her useful advice includes,

“Open with conflict . . .”

“Open with movement . . .”

“Establish the setting . . .”

“Orient readers with an ‘establishing’ shot. Anchoring readers can often be done best by taking a cue from the movies . . . [Y]ou can present the setting and the characters’ positions within it in as little as a sentence or two.”

“Set the tone . . . give readers accurate presuppositions about the type of tale they’re going to be reading. Your beginning needs to set the stage for the denouement– without, of course, giving it away.”

This book is available at Amazon here.

Today’s assignment:

1. Write your first chapter.

2. Open with conflict.

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(photo: nhtourism)

Find K.M. Weiland on Twitter here.

Artist Spotlight: Georgia O’Keefe is Not Just About Big Flowers!

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“Lake George, Autumn”

Many of us think of big flowers when we think of the artist, Georgia O’Keefe, but her work was so much more.

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Georgia O’Keefe lived 1887-1986. She was born in Wisconsin, but perfected her style by studying and teaching art all across the country. She started painting in New Mexico in 1929.

Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this video with Carolyn Kastner at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.

Georgia O’Keefe.

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2. Go outside to work on your art today.

O’Keefe poster available here: National Gallery of Art


More at the Boulder Weekly here.

More from Staci Cobabe (Utah edu) here.