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.