Monday - Today I will be out of school, but the students will complete today's work with a substitute. The students will read, annotate, and answer questions for a New Yorker article titled "All That Jazz." If time is remaining, the students can begin reading chapter 7, and working on their FRJs, which will be due on Thursday.
HW - Continue working on FRJ and chapter 7 for Thursday.
Tuesday - 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 7 and FRJ due on Thursday.
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.
HW - None.
Friday - Reading quiz on chapters 6-7 of The Great Gatsby. If there is time remaining, we will look at literary devices that Fitzgerald uses within his text. Continue watching the movie, if time.
HW - Chapter 8 with FRJ due Monday.
Monday - Go over free response journal from over the weekend. We will look at the introductory paragraphs for each of the major characters within the novel. From there, we will work on composing creative narratives based the introductory paragraphs for a specified character. Share out narratives.
HW - Read chapter 5 and write a free response journal for tomorrow's class.
Tuesday - 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. This will build off of our creative narrative work from yesterday's class. Share out. Reading of two articles on self-reinvention.
HW - Read chapter 6. Bring in two new articles on self-reinvention for Thursday's class. Start thinking about whether or not you believe a person can totally reinvent themselves.
Thursday - Review chapter 6 and clarify any questions. Free write on self-reinvention: Is it real? Can a person actually reinvent themselves? Four corner discussion where the students will debate and share out their findings from their articles. Share out discussions. Movie, if time.
HW - None.
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 - None.
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 - 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 in The Great Gatsby and write a free response journal entry on the reading.
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 in The Great Gatsby and write a free response journal entry on the reading.
Friday - Reading quiz on chapters 1-3 of The Great Gatsby. Students work closely with Fitzgerald’s text to observe his usage of language and imagery at the height of the novel’s glamour and magnificence. Students will work with a partner to find two quotations that illustrate this strength of Fitzgerald. Watch movie, if time.
HW - Read chapter 4 in The Great Gatsby and write a free response journal entry on the reading.
Monday - Finish SAT practice tests and go over each. Grade practice tests and receive score. Review Socratic Seminar from last week. Pass back student work.
Tuesday - Selected readings from textbook Go over any information/questions that the students may have before tomorrow's SAT.
Wednesday - SAT DAY. NO CLASS.
Thursday - Huck Finn Jeopardy game.
Friday - Article of the week.