This week, we will have students present their TedTalks. Over the past week the students have been researching, writing, and practicing their chosen topics. This is our final assignment of the year before we begin preparing for the final.
Welcome to our last unit of the year: TedTalks! We will learn about TedTalks, research what they are all about, evaluate specific talks for their persuasiveness, and then create our own talks. This week will be devoted to learning, researching, and then crafting our own topics. Next week, we will begin presentations.
Monday - End of chapter 24 due. Chapter questions in small groups. Review chapter questions. Pass out parody assignment. Allow students time to begin crafting this assignment. This will be due on Thursday. Continue watching movie.
Tuesday/Wednesday - End of the book due. Review chapter 25 in small groups and then lead a discussion as a whole class. Pass out letter assignment; this will count as a classwork grade. The students will have time to write these in class. Share out if time allows.
Thursday - Parody assignment due. Pass out Socratic Seminar materials. Give students time to start preparing for the questions and writing down textual analysis and support.
Friday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR.
Monday - Character development worksheet. Work time in groups. Share out answers. Read/movie to end class.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Quiz on chapters 18-19. Symbolism worksheet. Write down ideas on the whiteboard, and discuss symbolic meanings of major objects in the novel. Movie to finish class.
Thursday - We will take a close look at the title and make connections. Transition to symbolism work. Have students to go up to the board and write down answers. Read/movie.
Friday - DO NOW to begin class. 18-21 reading review questions in small groups. Review as a whole class. Movie time. Please fill out the viewing guide and keep up with the reading schedule.
Monday - Quick reading quiz on all of the chapters that have been assigned out to the students thus far. DO NOW: Why do we lie? Identifying lies within chapter 8 with Holden. What is the reason for each lie? "The Truth About Lying" article and discussion. Continue to stay up to date with reading schedule.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Writing like Salinger - what phrases, words, attitude, and tone does Salinger use in his writing style? The students will retell a fairy tale or a personal story in the voice of Holden and in Salinger's style. Share out after finished writing. Time to read.
Thursday - Thoughts on the book thus far - is it still relevant today? Discuss. Read a New York Times article titled, "Get a Life, Holden Caulfield." Journal response. Go over chapters from the students' reading schedule. Read, if time.
Friday - Class discussion on various videos from the PBS "American Masters" series on Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Continue with reading schedule.
Monday - Begin one of our final units of the year: The Catcher in the Rye. Return Gatsby books in order to receive a copy of Catcher. Journal questions: What does it mean to be a teenager activity. Debate and share out. Begin reading as a class.
HW - Chapters 1-3 due on on Thursday.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Introduce our paired movie for this unit: Finding Forrester. Journal: What are the societal expectations for for most adolescents today? Pass out viewing questions and guide. Begin movie.
HW - Chapters 4-6 due on Friday with FRJ.
Thursday - Journal entries for chapters 1-3. Review reading and field any questions. Today we will analyze Holden's attitudes through the author's purpose, quotations, importance of place, and character motivations. Discuss. Continue with movie.
Friday - First FRJ for chapters 4-6 due. Review first six chapters. Journal responses. "The Sibling Connection" article and analysis - how does this connect to Holden? Find specific examples that relate to the article. Movie, if time.. Chapters 7-11 due Monday.
Monday - DO NOW: What does it show about Gatsby when he says, “What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do”? Begin chapter 8-9 review questions. Share out responses. Finish up movie.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Pass out essay and rubric. Allow students time to choose prompt and start planning essay.
Thursday - Work day in computer lab.
Friday - Essays are due at the beginning of class. Twilight Zone connection piece to finish out the unit.
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.