Saturday, May 21, 2011

Prepare for your Final Exam, cute kids!

Dear Juniors,
If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. We reviewed questions that students had regarding chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby.
2.We then proceeded to view Chapter 7 of the film.
3. We then discussed the characters within the novel through a group activity.Each group was given the name of one of the primary characters and asked to devise a list of 8 words that describe the character. In addition, students then read an article about the upcoming Great Gatsby movie and which characters have been cast to play certain roles. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing Gatsby, by the way! Students then discussed actors that they would cast in the movie! We will complete this activity on Tuesday.
4. Students finished the class with a journal entry.A1 started on the entry and A4 ran out of time. We will continue with this on Tuesday.

1. Please read up to page 172 in your book.
2. Complete all your vocab. for chapter 8 and questions 1-6 on your study guide

These are the following questions that you might answer for your final. I would suggest that you print off this list and then make copious notes regarding your answers. Remember the questions will be pulled randomly from the "hat." In order to receive full points for your final, you must effectively communicate twice during the discussion. YOU MUST SUPPORT YOUR RESPONSES WITH TEXTUAL EVIDENCE! Prove your opinions with evidence from The Great Gatsby. EXTRA-CREDIT will be assigned if you submit your questions with valid and logical responses. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR BOOK must be returned on the day of your FINAL EXAM! A1, your final is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th and A4, your exam is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st!

1. What is great about Gatsby? Why would Fitzgerald assign the title of THE GREAT GATSBY to his novel? What are your opinions of Gatsby now that you have finished the novel? How great was he and why?

2. How does Fitzgerald use the literary element of irony to make the novel more effective. Why is it such a needed tool for plot development? What is ironic about the title? What other examples of irony have you noticed as we have progressed through the book. Support your points.

3. Langston Hughes indicated, "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." How does Hughes' statement relate to Fitzgerald's portrayal of Gatsby? How does Gatsby represent the American dream? What does the novel have to say about the condition of the American dream in the 1920's? In what ways do the topics of the dream such as wealth and time relate to each other in the novel's exploration of the idea of America? Does Fitzgerald view it as a totally dead dream, or is it possible to revive it?

4.The ending to the novel is quite melancholy. Why? Did it need to end in such a manner? Were the events leading up to the conclusion inevitable? Would the novel have the same impact without the tragic events? What would have taken place if Gatsby had survived? Who do you believe should be held responsible for Gatsby's death? Is there only one character?

5. Authors often "pair" characters to set up a contrast or to help us understand a particular theme or to clarify personality traits. What characters seem to "mirror" or "contrast" with other characters? What can we learn about one character when we contrast him or her with another?

6. Indicate how Fitzgerald uses color as a symbol in the novel. Support with commentary and textual evidence from the novel. Indicate a minimum of four colors used within the text.

7. Discuss how Fitzgerald makes concessions for women in the novel. How are social and moral expectations different between men and women?

8.This novel, like the decade of the 1920's, is much about carelessness. Using the two quotes below, other examples from the novel, and literary devices used by Fitzgerald, discuss the carelessness them of the novel. What exactly does the novel say about careless people and their behavior?

Quote #1: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."

Quote #2: "Running wild, lost control. Runnin wild, mightly bold. Feelin gay, reckless too, carefree mind all the time, never blue. Always goin' don't know where. Always knowin' that I don't care. Don't love nobody; it ain't worthwhile. All alone, runnin wild" -----"Runnin Wild" by Joe Gray

9. Some critics see at least two sides to Gatsby's character. Robert Ornstein sees Gatsby as the envisonment of the American dream, "for despite his shady activities and naive ideal about love, he keeps men from becoming "too old or too wise or too cynical of their human limitations." On the other hand, Gary J. Scrimgeour sees Gatsby as a "roughneck, a fraud, a criminal.....His taste is vulgar, his love adolescent, his business activities ruthless and dishonest.' How do YOU see Gatsby? Do you agree with either of the critics? What is your critique of Fitzgerald's most famous character?

 I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, our last "official" day of class! I can't believe that we are almost finished. You have grown so much, both intellectually and intrinsically! Well done, cute kids!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 of THE GREAT GATSBY

Dear Juniors,
STOP MISSING CLASS, cute kids! In addition, if you must leave class early due to athletic events or CRT make-up testing, then let me know that you will be leaving early so that we can discuss what you will miss during class. Don't just get up and walk out! RUDE! Hell hath no fury like Kori Crampton scorned.

1. We reviewed Chapters 5 and 6 today in class, and then we moved on to Chapter 7.
2. Each student was given a chart indicating four different cars concerning what happens in Chapter 7. We proceeded to complete the handout together in class.
3. I asked everyone to read 1/2 of chapter 7 up to page 131 for today. We then listened to the second half of Chapter 7 from an audio CD, and I finished reading the rest of Chapter 7 to both classes. This is a significant chapter as the climax takes place here.
4. We also completed Chapter 7 study guide as we listened to the audio CD in class for Chapter 7.

1. Please read Chapter 8 and complete your study guide questions for Chapter 8.
2. I will collect your study guide on Tuesday.
3. Your journals will also be due on Tuesday!


Monday, May 9, 2011

CRT Testing ......STOP MISSING CLASS (Friday, May 5th) and Chapter 3 (Tuesday, May 10th)

Dear Juniors,
For those of you that were in class on Friday, well done with completing the CRT! For those of you that missed class, or you were unable to complete your test, you will need to complete the test during your scheduled class period. GUYS, STOP MISSING CLASS! STOP IT!

If you missed Friday......
1. Students submitted their symbolism sheets and study guides for chapter 2.
2. We then took the CRT

1. Prepare for a quiz covering Chapter 1 and 2 on Tuesday!

1. We discussed the symbolism sheet that students submitted on Friday.
2. We completed the synopsis sheet for chapter 1 and 2. 
3.Journal #5 "Dream" 
Part 1: What is your dream? Describe in detail how you visualize your ideal future. How will you reach your dream? What will it look like, be like, and feel like when you obtain your dream?

Part 2:What will you do if your dream becomes impossible due to circumstances outside your control?

Part 3: What will you do when you achieve your dream? Where will you go or what you will you do next? 

3. We discussed  responses to the journey entry.

4. We started Chapter three.....the "Party" chapter!

1. Complete your take-home quiz for chapter 1 and 2. The quiz is due on Thursday. Please type your responses
2. Complete reading Chapter 3. Prepare to discuss the chapter on Thursday

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Missing one day, yes even one day is futile for your success. If you missed we completed the following:

1. Each student received their vocabulary lists, study guide and reading guide for The Great Gatsby. The reading guide is extremely useful, as you know what chapters you need to read for homework, and you have a strong idea  as to what our focus will be each class day.

2. I gave students the first five vocabulary words located on the study guide. You are to locate five more and define them for each chapter of Gatsby. In addition, please respond to the study guide questions and then notate with five questions for Chp. 1. I have included a copy of the study guide for you below. Please print it off and obtain the definitions for each vocabulary word from a friend, or locate the definitions via a dictionary.

3. We discussed the first seven characters within the novel, and recorded information about them on the "Characters" handout that I gave each student on Monday. Please obtain this information from a friend.

4. We started reading The Great Gatsby

1. Please complete reading Chp. 1 of Gatsby
2. Locate five new vocaulary words, answer Chp. 1 questions and notate with developing 5 of your own questions concerning Chp. 1
3. Review your Latin Roots for CRT......STARTS on WED!

The Great Gatsby Reading and Study Guide

Name _________________________________ Period ___________

Chp. 1 Vocabulary

1. Supercilious
2. intimation
3. incredulously
4. feigned
5. fractiousness


Chp. 1 Questions
  1. Where did Daisy spend her childhood?
  2. Where did Tom and Nick previously kn ow each other?
  3. Where does Tom keep his “woman?”
  4. What has Daisy heard about Nick from “three people?”
  5. What sport does Tom enjoying playing?



Chap. 2 Vocabulary

1. transcendent

2. incessant
3. contiguous
4. indeterminate
5. strident


Chp. 2 Questions
  1. What is the name of Tom's mistress?
  1. What does her husband do for a living?
  1. What day is it when Tom, Nick and the mistress go to town? Why is this symbolic?
  1. What reason does Margaret give for Tom and his mistress not being able to marry?
  2. Why does Tom break his mistress's nose?



Chp. 3 Vocabulary

1. harlequin
2. prodigality
3. subterfuges
4. permeate
5. innuendo



Chp. 3 Questions
  1. How frequently does Gatsby have parties?
  2. How do most people obtain access to Gatsby's parties?
  3. Where do they meet “Owl Eyes?”
  4. What, according to Nick, is his best virtue?
  1. Contrast on of Gatsby's parties with Myrtle's party? What specific differences can you locate? Do you think Myrtle would enjoy herself at one of Gatsby's parties? Explain your response?

  1. The party goers are compared to moths in this chapter. Explain this simile. Please focus on specifics.

  1. How can a man who prides himself in honesty overlook the dishonesty inherent in Jordan Baker? In Daisy? In Tom?

Interesting Aspects concerning Gatsby's Party and the individuals that attend (orange)


Chp. 4 Vocabulary

1. punctilious

2. labyrinth
3. denizen
4. somnambulatory
5. labyrinth


Chp. 4 Questions
  1. Who was the man that was Gatsby's home so much that he received the name “the boarder?”
  1. What is the one nervous habit that Gatsby demonstrates?
  1. What color is Gatsby's car? What does this indicate about him?

  1. We learn that Daisy's maiden name was “Fay.” What does this word “fey” mean? How is it an appropriate name for Daisy?

  1. We now have a reason for Gatsby's parties. Does it strike you as a reasonable choice on Gatsby's part? Explain your answer? Why not just invite Daisy over for tea?



Chp. 5 Vocabulary

1. harrowed
2. defunct
3. vestige
4. disheveled
5. swathed

Chp. 5 Questions
  1. What three colors is Gatsby wearing for the tea party? Indicate the symbolic meaning behind his choices.

  1. What does Gatsby almost knock off the mantle?
  1. What does Daisy do when she sees Gatsby's shirts? Explain the symbolism to her actions? Notice the color of the shirts.

  1. Notice that we are half way through the novel. Why do you suppose Fitzgerald waiting so long to allow Gatsby and Daisy to finally meet again?

  1. Examine the symbolism of the broken clock. (Gatsby leans against it and almost knocks it to the floor) How is the clock an appropriate symbol for this moment in the story?

  1. In the last three paragraphs of Chp. 5 Nick reflects on Gatsby's state of mind. Complete the quotation. “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of
  2. When Nick warns him not to expect too much of Daisy, saying, “You can't repeat the past,” what is Gatsby's reply? What does this indicate about this character?

ANNOTATIONS...Indicate five aspects concerning Gatsby's past that you did not know prior to reading Chp. 5.


Sunday, May 1, 2011


Dear Juniors,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We completed the "Introductory Quiz" covering the 1920's.
2. We then continued class by discussing COLOR SYMBOLISM. Fitzgerald uses many different colors in The Great Gatsby to illustrate other aspects. If you know what those colors represent, then you will understand characters within the novel to a greater extent.
RED: passion, love, anger, aggression, assertiveness
BLUE: honor, integrity, peace, tranquility
WHITE: peace, innocence, dream-like, purity
YELLOW: money, wealth, vitality, sickness
ORANGE: realistic, energy, genuine, natural
GREEN: money, jealousy, greed, unrealistic
PURPLE/VIOLET: royalty, wisdom, age, intellect
BROWN: poor, natural, earthy, genuine
SILVER: betrayal (Judas), money, falsehood
GOLD: wealth, money, shallow

We obtained the above information during class. If you missed class, and therefore do not have the handout that I gave each student, please print off the above information on color symbolism and place it in your notebook.

I had planned to show a clip from Edward Scissor Hands, but our time was too short; therefore, you will see the clip on Monday and respond to the following journal entry.

Journal #5: Great Gatsby/Edward Scissor Hands
Explain the director's color choices. What meaning is conveyed about the two primary characters and the place they live through the use of color?

Please read the article that I gave each of you concerning "The American Dream." Please annotate/notate the article with 7-10/page/using ALL your COLORS!