Monday, May 27, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.28-6.11

4th period final is on June 6th.
5th period final is on June 10th.

The Great Gatsby

TUESDAY-FRIDAY; MONDAY & TUESDAY

For the next 6 days we will immerse ourselves in analyzing the text.  Beyond simple reading, make sure you are creating lots of post it hair.  Connections may include, but are not limited to:

  • the wasteland
  • blindness
  • romanticism (the self)
  • hedonism
  • class division (racism, immigration, American Dream)
  • the frontier
  • facade
Challenge yourself:
  • industrialization
  • post-war sentimentalism
  • entropy
  • The Secret Society
  • passage of time (structure of story; narrator)
Go above and beyond:
  • figurative language
  • characterization (facade)
  • humor
  • narrative mode
  • syntax and diction
  • what else you got??
Two reading quizzes; daily participation (see below); final essay.

DON'T forget to log into turnitin.com and discuss your independent reading book, and log 350 pages with me before or on the final.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11th
Reflection: final comparison of book to movie.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Great Gatsby Reading Schedule

Ideally, you have completed your independent reading book and have tons of leisure time to read. Please prioritize Gatsby (he deserves it, poor fellow).

READ
Chapter   1 for Thursday, May 23rd
Chapters 2-4 for Tuesday, May 28th
Chapters 5&6 for Wednesday, May 29th
Chapter   7 for Friday, May 31st
Chapter   8 for Monday, June 3rd
Chapter   9 for Tuesday, June 4th

You will be expected to participate in our seminar-style discussion at least 4 times over 9 days.  You can earn participation points by introducing, clarifying, elaborating, disagreeing, questioning, connecting, etc.  If you don't speak, I will have to assume that you haven't read; hence, you will not earn credit for something you did not do. One can always earn up to 1 extra credit point if they participate more than once on a given day.

4x5=20/20     Credit to Classwork Grade.
3x5=15/20
2x5=10/20
1x5=5/20

Weekly Agenda 5.20-5.24

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5.20 MONDAY
Final discussion on The Things They Carried
-"Ambush"
-Linda (the role of women/females in the text); 2nd excerpt from Pamela Smiley's "The Role of the Ideal Female Reader"
GET BOOKS?
HW See Reading Schedule: GG, Ch 1 for Thursday

5.21 TUESDAY
Journal #21: TIMED WRITING-Gendered Subtext literary analysis of The Things They Carried

5.22 WEDNESDAY
See GG Reading Guide
Read Chapter 1 of GG
-while you read take landmark marginalia of important motifs
-Journal #22: Independent Reading Format (concentrate on Fitzgerald's style, 1b)
HW See Reading Schedule: GG, Ch 2-4 for Tuesday

5.23-5.24 THURSDAY-FRIDAY
RESEARCH PAPER DUE TO TURNITIN.com
Background on Fitzgerald and the 20s (T.S. Eliot)
Credit for marginalia
Chapter 1 Discussion:
-Setting: visuals
-The Secret Society
-:the valley of ashes"
-language, imagery, color symbolism, motifs
HW See Reading Schedule: GG 2-4 for Tuesday (reading quiz Tuesday)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.13-5.17

The Things They Carried

MONDAY-TUESDAY
Historical Background
Discuss ambivalence and apathy in characters: examples.
-what is ambiguity in writing
Excerpts from "The Song of Tra Bong"
-read criticism, annotate
Handout: Criticism --the feminist lens.  Style and symbolism.  What is O'Brien trying to prove through Mary Anne.
3-Chair: Changing roles of women in war (and homefront).

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY
Group Work
-check outline

"Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Ambush"
-realism vs. romanticism

Journal # ___ : Things Carried response
HW Finish Things Carried for MONDAY; work on research paper, due MAY 24th to turnitin.com.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.6-5.10 AP TEST! 5.10

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

MONDAY
Reading Quiz
Review multiple choice
Review Text
-style
-word ordering: rhetorical concepts
HW See Reading Schedule

TUESDAY
Research Paper Assignment: DUE MAY 20TH
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
-excerpt
-marginalia
-naturalism
-truth of war
HW See Reading Schedule 

WEDNESDAY
Review Ascher/Staples Timed Essay
Review rules of AP essays
Review word ordering and rhetorical concepts
HW See Reading Schedule

THURSDAY
Thing Carried Historical Background
Research Paper Group Work
-create groups
-assign jobs
-decide on topic
-set deadlines
HW GET SOME SLEEP!!  Be at your testing place on time, bring 3 pens and 3 pencils.  Bring your sack lunch for our field trip.  

FRIDAY
AP TEST
GATSBY MOVIE
After your test, Meet us at the circle with your lunch and $10. YAY!

HW Catch up on reading, quiz MONDAY.  Journal Entry #20: Independent Format
AND, begin research.  Bring items to present to your group on Monday.