Monday - The students will read, annotate, and answer questions for a New Yorker article titled "All That Jazz." After reading, the students will share out their responses from the worksheet. Movie, if time.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Chapter 7 due. The students will be looking at three poems that directly relate to The Great Gatsby. With a partner, the students will answer questions that pertain to each of the poems. Share out and discuss as a class. Begin conversation on the "American Dream." Movie, if time.
HW - Chapter 8 and FRJ due on Friday.
Thursday - Debrief on the Post-Gazette article on Gatsby and the American Dream. Activity stations that touch on some of the major issues within the book. After rotating around the different stations, the class will analyze chapter 7 and discuss our FRJs. Movie, if time.
Friday - We will look at literary devices that Fitzgerald uses within his text. Time to read and go over essay for end of the unit. Continue watching the movie, if time.
HW - Finish the book for Monday with an FRJ.
Monday - Read out loud chapter 4 for the first 15 minutes of class. Character analysis work for three characters of the student's choosing. Share out. Continue reading individually.
HW - Read chapter 4 and write a free response journal for Wednesday's class.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Review chapter 4 and create an internal monologue for one of the character's within chapter 4. The students can choose any situation/character they wish from within the chapter.. Share out. Reading of two articles on self-reinvention.
HW - Read chapter 5.
Thursday - Review chapter 5 and clarify any questions. Free write on self-reinvention: Is it real? Can a person actually reinvent themselves? Discuss in small groups. Movie analysis of key scenes from the two famous works. Which one works better. Discuss. Movie, if time.
HW - Read chapter 6 and write an FRJ.
Friday - Look at the four key themes from the book: The Roaring 20s, The American Dream, Class, and Past and Future. How do the conflicts from chapter 6 tie into the key themes? Movie, if time.
HW - Read chapter 7 due by next Wednesday. Please pick out two quotes that are vital to the chapter, and write a paragraph analysis for each.
Monday - Begin our new Great Gatsby unit. Give outline for the week and the upcoming unit. Explain difference between reading questions and our new free response journal as well as the Baz Luhrmann version of the film we will be interpreting and writing an essay on. Begin opinionnaire for the essential questions from the book. Share out and discuss as a class.
HW - Read Chapter 1 in The Great Gatsby and write the first free response journal entry on the reading.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Discuss free response journals from last night's reading. Provide a quick introduction to what a "chalk talk" is. Chalk talk with the center topic being “Old Money/East Egg." Discuss the ideas, concepts, and characteristics that the students came up with for this topic. Briefly introduce the term "nouveau riche" and begin a second chalk talk with the center topic being “New Money/West Egg." Provide more information on the historical context of the novel: economic situation, new inventions, new forms of recreation/entertainment, fashion, etc.
HW - Read Chapter 2.
Thursday - Where does the term "YOLO" come from? PowerPoint on the famous illustrator, John Held Jr, from the Roaring 20s. Making connections from Held's illustrations to chapters 1-2 of The Great Gatsby. Group work. Share out. Time to read and begin watching movie.
HW - Read chapter 3 and complete FRJ.
Friday - Open book "quiz" on chapters 1-3 of the book. The students may work with another student. Go over correct answers and review as a class. "Time Enough at Last" Twilight Zone episode connection to Gatsby. The episode touches on materialism and the danger of putting a person's worth in "things." Debrief as a class and find parallels to the book.
Monday - Review end of the book in small groups. Turn in end of book questions and annotations. Introduce Socratic Seminar questions and pass out assignment. Students will have the rest of class to prepare for the Seminar, which will be on Wednesday/Thursday.
Tuesday - Today the students will have the whole period to write their two page papers in the computer lab or in class. These papers will be due tomorrow at the Socratic Seminar. Please prepare for the seminar and have your paper ready for next class!
Wednesday/Thursday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR FOR HUCK FINN. This will count as the final grade for Huck Finn.
Friday - Pass back Socratic Seminar rubrics and go over what went well and what needs to be improved upon for the next seminar. Finish watching Huck Finn as a class.