Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekly Agenda 1.27-1.31

The Great Gatsby

Excerpt from Parkinson's criticism: "Post-war mood"
Discuss Chapter 2: motifs, imagery, juxtaposition of Chapters 1 and 2-structural intent; Nick as narrator reflection
HW Read Chapter 3 for Tuesday.  

Movie Excerpts-Chapter 3, Gatsby's party
Discuss Chapter 3: color symbolism, social classes, The Jazz Age
Write a short analysis of Fitzgerald's comment about the Jazz Age (excerpted from The Jazz Age).
HW Read Chapter 4 for Thursday.  
JOURNAL #5: Independent Reading Format

SAVE: Hair Check
Define the American Dream
Discuss GG in the context of the "dream"
-expectations of wealth and prosperity
-effects on immigration/immigrants
-determinant of urban sprawl
--reflect on "the Valley of Ashes" symbolism; "The Waste Land," too

SAVE for two weeks  from now: Vocabulary Quiz
NEW LINK: Vocabulary and Analysis Worksheets
Analysis check: on a printed excerpt from Chapter 4, annotate so to convey your understanding of symbols, motif and theme.
Review and discuss Chapter 4: Analyze "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired" (85).  Analyze the motif of careless driving.
HW Read Chapter 5 & 6 and write 3 level questions for each chapter, for MONDAY.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Great Gatsby Reading Schedule

The Great Gatsby Reading Schedule

Chapter 1 due Thursday, Jan 23rd
Chapter 2 &3 due Monday, Jan 27th
Chapter 4 due Thursday, Jan 30th
Chapter 5&6 due Monday, Feb 3rd
Chapter 7 due Thursday, Feb 6th
Chapter 8 due Monday, Feb 10th
Chapter 9 due Thursday, Feb 13th

Weekly Agenda 1.21-1.24

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hand back 2008 AP Practice M/C
-in groups of 3, come to a consensus as to what is the right answer and why
Turn in Works Cited Page on 10 allusions from Wasteland
-reading #1 (technically this should be your 2nd reading)
-reading #2: share allusions and annotations with class
HW See Reading Schedule, GG Chapter 1 due Thursday, along with graphic organizer
AND, for tomorrow: review Wasteland and highlight language that directly relates to blind world, social classes, romanticism, disillusionment, entropy, urbanization, industrialization, post-war (WWI) sentiments

Short background on WWI
LINK: Symbol/Motif/Theme Chart
Timed Writing Paragraph with Theme Statement as thesis
-follow Reading Journal Formats (see E and F), if necessary
-turn in at the end of class
HW See Reading Schedule: create post-it "hair."  Connections might include, but are not limited to

  • the wasteland
  • blindness
  • romanticism (the self)
  • hedonism
  • class division (racism, immigration, Am. Dream)
  • the frontier
  • facade
Challenge yourself by annotating for the following themes (many of which carry over from The Wasteland)
  • 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??

F. Scott Biography and Times
-assign certain topics to individuals for In the News presentation credit for the following week
--Wall Street
--Western Expansion
--ex patriot writers
--race relations
--Black Sox
--Mobsters (Al Capone)
--Harlem Renaissance
--recommend a topic...
-LINK: Critical Annotations have to have one source, but may include more than one.  Presentations can be done in front of class with a In the News format, or via Power Point or Prezi.  Sign UP on the calendar!!

Review Chapter 1: narration, setting, and language (some fun colloquialisms of the time)
-what symbols jump out: imagery
-American Dream
--Valley of Ashes
--excerpt from The Jazz Age
Review GG Notes Handout
HW See Reading Schedule

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekly Agenda 1.13-1.17


Review Journal #2
Finish Posters, present.
HW Learned Hand Speech, annotate for tomorrow.

Review Annotations
Journal #4: Timed Writing response to power of repetition (Extended Glossary Entry)

LINK: NonFiction Book List
Types of AP multiple choice questions.
-short practice
Important AP Dates
HW Read through and annotate T.S. Eliot Poem: "The Wasteland."  Research 10 allusions and create a Works Cited page with cited sources.  FOR MONDAY

Practice 2008 AP Multiple Choice
-review types of questions
-close reading practice
GET BOOKS: The Great Gatsby

Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekly Agenda 1.7-1.10


Papers back
Fall Semester Reflection
-JOURNAL #1: Answer questions on reflection survey and staple it into your journal.
Review GLOSSARY ENTRY format (Mandela excerpt: WHAT, HOW, WHY)
HW Bring your Lit/Glossary Rings tomorrow; Define oratory.

Introduce, define and review terms for our mini-lesson: The Art of Oratory

  • visit http://rhetoric.byu/edu/
HW Read and Annotate Sam Leith's article

Sam Leith's FT article "Obama's Oratory"
-review annotation
-complete GRP (Guided Reading Response)
HW JOURNAL #2: Via link (see below) choose one of the four speeches, print it out, annotate and complete a Rhetorical Box for it.  BRING TO CLASS TOMORROW.
Tomorrow you must have the following: Journal with completed Rhet. Box, printed and annotated Obama Speech
-one of Obama's Speeches (only choose from the list below), annotated

-bring your literary terms rings

In groups, choose a graphic organizer that visually organizes the information from your speech on a poster.  
LITERARY RINGS: Individually, complete glossary entries for 3 of the rhetorical/oratory terms you identified in the speech.
Poster Presentations MONDAY.
 Finish Glossary Entries; 
*JOURNAL #3: In your McGraw Hill Reader, read "The Declaration of Independence" on page 305 and complete a rhetorical box;
Read "I have a Dream" on page 309 and answer questions Rhetoric #3 and Comparisons #1 (p313)

*Journal Assignments are expected to be completed and shared the following day unless otherwise stated.