Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Film Day I: Introduction to Film Analysis & Shots and Framing

-Intro to Unit: What can we transfer from lit analysis into film analysis?
-Sample Screening "The Lunch Date"
-Watch for CLASSE (Camera movements, lighting, angles, shots/framing, sounds, and editing techniques)
-Shots and Framing Notes

-Watch a TV show or a YouTube video and explain how its use of shots and framing contribute to the meaning of the message

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gatsby as a Modern Novel

-Bell Work (elocution, pasquinade)
-District Assessment: 20th-century novels
-Review: Symbolism Worksheet + Questions
-Discussion: Gatsby as a Modern novel

-Try your hand at Great Gatsby the videogame:
-Take some initial notes on the way the film or the video game version of Gatsby compares with the book.  Try to be as detailed as possible to help you on our final assignment for this class.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Symbols of Gatsby

-Bell Work (garrulous, divot, settee, humidor, antecedent, portentous)
-Vocab Quiz
-Modernism: Breaking down "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock"
-Symbolism: Worksheet

-Finish the novel for Monday
-Rewrite the last page of the novel using a different symbol for either the boat or the green light.  If you want to express a different tone than the one presented at the end, please make a note of it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


-Review STEAL from Gatsby

  • Where do you get the most information about Gatsby from in your chapter?
  • Would you describe Gatsby as simply a protagonist or as an anti-hero?

-Modernism Powerpoint

  • Recording "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock"
-Look back at Prufrock and explain in what ways it is a modernist poem
-Read chapter 8
-Vocab quiz tomorrow
-JE take-home test due tomorrow

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Character Roles in The Great Gatsby

-Bell Work (rajah, Knickerbocker, denizen, somnabulatory)
-Review (protagonist, antihero, antagonist, foil)
-Free Write:

  • Is Nick a reliable narrator?  Why/why not?  Is he simply a minor character or does he fulfill one of the roles that we reviewed?
-Diagram of Gatsby's characterization: Review your assigned chapter of TGG for evidence of Gatsby's characterization.  Please use quotes or summarize specific plot details. 
  • S-What the character says
  • T-What the character thinks (this will be rare since the story is from Nick's pov)
  • E-Effect that he has on others...including what they say about him
  • A-Actions that he performs
  • L-How the character looks/what the character wears
After this analysis, determine from which source we receive the most information about Gatsby in your chapter.  Additionally, try to decide if Gatsby is simply a protagonist or if he is an anithero as well.  

-Complete more of your Gatsby chart (particularly if you do not think that you will finish in the first five minutes of class tomorrow)
-Read chapter 7
-Write a paragraph explaining what you believe are the two major turning points of the novel that occur in this chapter

Monday, May 13, 2013

Honors Sample Blogs

Sample Blogs to View:
-Jonathan from Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull--
-Pamela from John Buchan's The 39 Steps
-Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl's The Twits
-Allie from Nicholas Spark's The Notebook
-Misty from Kristopher Reisz's Unleashed
-Mashiro from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman
-The Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Friday, May 10, 2013

Gatsby's Exposition

-Bell Work (innuendo, provincial)
-Journal: What does the poem that TGG begins with mean?  Why do you think that Fitzgerald chose it based on his background?
-Analyzing Contrasts

-Read chapters 4-6 (due Wed)
-Rewrite one page of Nick's dinner with the Buchanans from the perspective of Daisy