English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 21 22 – B 23 – A 24 – B 25 – A President‘s Day Jazz Age Poetry Jazz Age Poetry ACT Practice Exam ACT Practice Exam No School Analysis & Present. Analysis & Present. Due: Research Ppr. Due: Research Ppr. MARCH 28 – B 1–A 2–B 3–A 4–C Jazz Age Lecture Reading Quiz 1-4 [EarlyDism@1:18] Vocabulary 29-47 Literary Terms Literary Terms Character Analysis Narrator Analysis Narrator Analysis Due: Gatsby Ch 1 Due: Gatsby Ch 1 Due: Gatsby Ch 2 Due: Gatsby Ch 2 Due: Gatsby Ch 3 7–C 8–B 9–A 10 – B 11 – A [Parent Teacher Conferences] Due: Gatsby Ch 4 Due: Gatsby Ch 5 Due: Gatsby Ch 5 Due: Gatsby Ch 6 Due: Gatsby Ch 6 14 – B 15 – A 16 – B 17 – A 18 No School Due: Gatsby Ch 8-9 Due: Gatsby Ch 8-9 Gatsby – Jazz Poem Gatsby – Jazz Poem Due: Gatsby Ch 7 Due: Gatsby Ch 7 Essay Proposal Essay Proposal [March 21-25 * Spring Break * No School] 28 – C 29 – B 30 – A 31 – B 1–A Computer Lab Peer Review Peer Review Miller Interview Miller Interview Drafting Due: Rough Draft Due: Rough Draft Due: Gatsby Essay Due: Gatsby Essay APRIL 4–C 5–B 6–A 7–B 8–A Begin reading Begin reading Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman 11 – C 12 – B 13 – A 14 – B 15 – A 18 – B 19 – A 20 – B 21 – A 22 – C English II EOC Week SCHOLARS SHOULD EXPECT A QUIZ OVER THE READING ON ANY GIVEN DAY. Gatsby Essay Prompt: In class, we analyzed four poems from the Jazz Age and one reflecting back on the time period. Choose one of the poems and write a literary analysis comparing the poem to elements within The Great Gatsby. You may choose to illustrate how explore and compare the two works in terms of literary techniques, symbolism, theme, narrator style, or any other substantial literary correlation between the two works. Poems (choose one): ―America‖ by Claude McKay ―Jazz Fan Looks Back‖ by Jayne Cortez ―Jazz Fantasia‖ by Carl Sandburg ―The Weary Blues‖ by Langston Hughes ―Theme for English B‖ by Langston Hughes English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 The Great Gatsby Essay Paper Topic Proposal: You will turn in a paper topic proposal to Ms. Lukowski on the final class day prior to spring break. Similar to the statement of intent you completed for the research paper, this should illustrate that you have carefully considered how you plan to write this essay. The proposal should be written according to MLA standards (Times New Roman, 12 pt, proper headings, etc.) and be treated as a formal assignment. O The proposal should begin with a summary of how you came up with the idea to write an essay about this topic, followed by an argument as to why you think this is a worthwhile literary topic to explore in an essay. (Believe it or not, I don‘t want you to write a boring paper about a topic that bores you and subsequently bores me as well.) This should be four to five sentences long. O Next, the proposal should include the thesis statement. This should be labeled and follow the thesis statement formula: textual evidence + argumentative verb + argument. O Finally, you should include the evidence from the poem and the novel that supports your thesis. You must include a minimum of five (5) pieces of evidence. These should be followed by correct MLA in-text citations. For both poetry and novels, the in-text citation should include the author‘s last name followed by a space and then a number. For poetry, instead of being a page number, this number should be the line number. Paper Proposal due: March 16th (2nd block) / March 17th (5th and 7th blocks) Essay Requirements: O Your last name and [insert page #] in the upper right corner of the header [View Header and Footer] O Your name, teacher‘s name, course name and block, date in the top left corner O A unique title O Four to five paragraphs (including a well developed introduction and conclusion) O Minimum five (5) pieces of evidence o Evidence should be fairly evenly split up between the poem and The Great Gatsby. O Proper in-text citations (minimum 5 citations) O Works Cited page on final page of the document with proper MLA citation for both sources O Double-spaced O Times New Roman, 12 point font O Submit to turnitin.com Rough Draft due: March 29th (2nd block) / March 30th (5th and 7th blocks) Final Draft due: March 31st (2nd block) / April 1st (5th and 7th blocks) English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 Day 1 – Jazz Age Poetry Day 2 – Jazz Age Lecture Day 3 – Chapter 2 Discussion Do-now: ―I think he‘d [Tom] tanked up a good deal at luncheon, and his determination to have my company bordered on violence. The supercilious assumption was that on Sunday afternoon I had nothing better to do. I followed him over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and we walked back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg‘s persistent stare. The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main street ministering to it, and contiguous to absolutely nothing‖ (24). What can you infer is the meaning of the two bolded words? Circle five words that stand out to you. What is the narrator‘s tone toward his subject (Tom) in the first paragraph? What is the mood established in the second paragraph? Agenda, 90 min 1. Do Now 2. Narrator Analysis 3. Character Analysis 4. Write a paragraph (handwritten) in your journal that follows the given prompt. In chapter two, Nick spends a significant amount of time with Tom and his mistress Myrtle Wilson. Mrs. Wilson has a gathering at her apartment and invites her sister and her neighbors the McKees. The chapter ends with the following passage: ―. . . I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands. ‗Beauty and the Beast . . . Loneliness . . . Old Grocery Horse . . . Brook‘n Bridge . . . .‘ Then I was lying half asleep in the cold lower level of the Pennsylvania Station starting at the morning Tribune, and waiting for the four o‘clock train‖ (38). Using three pieces of evidence from chapter two to support your argument, write a well-developed, formally structured paragraph to explain what the meaning of the passage in this chapter. Homework: Read Ch 3; Finish argumentative paragraph. English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 Day 4 – Vocabulary In Class Writing Day 5 Do-Now: Brainstorm a list of impressions you have of America‘s earliest settlers (think the time period of the Puritans and Pilgrims). This should be a detailed list and may include historical facts, general understandings, and reasons why the settlers set out for the new world. Materialism vs. Spiritualism English settlers Puritans Jamestown Pilgrims John Smith Transcendentalists Founding Fathers Jordan, Daisy, and Tom Gatsby Nick Carraway Day 6 Do-Now: Brainstorm a list of impressions you have of the West / East in America. This should be historically accurate or legitimate, universal impressions. Do-After: Brainstorm, located, and record evidence of recurring symbols, topics, ideas, colors, themes, descriptions, etc in The Great Gatsby. Agenda, 90 min 1. Do Now 2. Discuss East v West in America 3. Quiz Do After 4. Vision Screening 5. East v West examples in the novel Homework: Find three (3) references to the west and three (3) references to the east throughout the novel. Read Chapter 6. Continue working on your paper proposal. English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 STUDENT GENERATED TOPICS/THEMES/SYMBOLS: Recurring in Gatsby Gatsby‘s house as center of attention (2nd block) wealth, materialism mystery parties, drinking Nick‘s strong judgments of other characters Nick‘s attraction to women and Gatsby Nick‘s unreliable narration quest for love and happiness West v East Egg appearance vs. reality green light green, green light (5th block) blue light money, social standing, social status, social climbing Nick as an observer not an active participant questions surrounding Gatsby‘s past, mystery marriage cheating, lies war books Valley of Ashes (7th block) East v West the green light class difference war love parties cheating, scandals, desires business, money, wealth, materialism, societal background curiosity, judgments red = block 2 blue = block 5 green = block 7 English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 Before reading The Great Gatsby: Preconceptions of West & East East West capital mountains docking ports mining Italian mafia gold big business expanding factories farms New York accent businesses politicians beaches big cities California Niagra Falls bermuda shorts Wealthy pastels Jewish people, traditions, and food dry & hot old fashioned deserts bagels The Hills big cities commercialized where America started cowboys traffic crazy weather changes old money cacti statue of liberty Gold Rush money country folks Snooki sunsets old cowboys first plantations and settlements outlaws industrialized radical factories people from every nation city-bound sunny schools & universities Hollywood wealth Mexicans Biggie Smalls ―East‖ commonalities: industry, money, ―West‖ commonalities: the search for a busy/rushing lifestyle, trade, corruption, better life, agriculture based, open social, big personalities and cities, crowded, landscapes, opportunities, fake, exciting, heritage, old, materialistic, modern, old peaceful, relaxed, warm, natural landmarks values but progressing, bigger and landscapes, opportunity, glamorous, established, wealth, industry and business, diverse, younger, modernized, new, the beginnings place to be, moving forward America is constantly going westward, expanding, seeking new opportunities. Is there any reason to go back East? If you fail. – home – family Starting point – succeed again – values – home, safety, easier? – sense of belonging – unfortunate events – familiar – cannot adapt – failed opportunities – fix mistakes – safe? – disillusionment – because there‘s nothing wrong – competition there – tradition – relive the past – history – fulfilling established need English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 After reading The Great Gatsby: Realizations about West & East West: future, everyone themselves not fake, assumed everyone knows all, newness to wealth, judged by outside, less prosperous, hard working, rushed and busy while East is more laid-backed and does not have to worry, being yourself, making your own money, , less superficial, not giving in to what others want = individuality, fresh, informal, energetic, new money, social entertainment, viewed as inferior to East ―My family had been prominent well-to-do people in this Middle Western city for three generations. The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we‘re descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch…‖ (3/7). ―I lived at West Egg, the—well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them‖ (5). ―They knew that presently dinner would be over and a little later the evening, too, would be over and casually put away. It was sharply different from the West, where an evening was hurried from phase to phase towards its close, in a continually disappointed anticipation or else in sheer nervous dread of the moment itself‖ (12) ―I would have accepted without question the information that Gatsby sprang from the swamps of Louisiana or from the lower East Side of New York. That was comprehensible. But young men didn‘t—at least in my provincial inexperience I believed they didn‘t—drift coolly out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound‖ (54). – rags to riches story, epitome of the American Dream ―Or perhaps I had merely grown use to it, grown to accept West Egg as a world complete in itself, with its own standards and its own great figures, second to nothing because it had no consciousness of being so…‖ (104/110). East: aristocratic, opportunities, ppl more successful, showy/glamourous/florid, we all strive to be East Egg, rich lifestyle, socially inclined, very business-like, more business-oriented, old money, assume dominance, upper class, lifestyle is lavish, business, social status, money, wealth, arrogance, image ―Instead of rambling, this party had preserved a dignified homogeneity, and assumed to itself the function of representing the staid nobility of the countryside—East Egg condescending to West Egg, and carefully on guard against its spectroscopic gayety‖ (44/49). ―—so I decided to go East and learn the bond business‖ (3). ―Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water‖ (5) ―…I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all…reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon, and Tom Buchanan in riding clothes…‖ (6). Nick: ―I‘m a bond man…‖ Tom: ―Oh, I‘ll stay in the East, don‘t you worry…I‘d be a God damned fool to live anywhere else‖ (10). ―You live in West Egg… You must know Gatsby‖ (11). ―So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York—or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car. Tom deferred to those sensibilities of East Eggers who might be on the train‖ (26). ―Even Jordan‘s party, the quartet from East Egg, were rent asunder by dissention. One of the men was talking with curious intensity to a young actress, and his wife, after attempting to laugh at the situation in a dignified and indifferent way, broke down entirely and resorted to flank attacks—― (51/56) English III – American Lit Lukowski, 2010-2011 The Valley of Ashes: ―About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes—fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the form of houses and chimneys and rising smoke, and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbing through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight‖ (21/23). -- a wasteland, a dumping ground -- starkly different from the neighboring areas of wealth and prosperity ―But the rest offended [Daisy]—and inarguably, because it wasn‘t a gesture but an emotion. She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented ‗place‘ that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village—appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing. She saw something awful in the very simplicity that she failed to understand‖ (107). AMERICAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE: WESTWARD EXPANSION ORIGINS West East ------------------------------------------------------------------------------| opportunity, individual discovery establishment future past unknown known disillusionment dissatisfaction present The irony: Individuals go out ―west‖ because there the individual is free to pursue what they wish. However, what they strive for is often established and rooted in the ―east‖.
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