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

Monday, May 6, 2013

Intro. to The Great Gatsby

-Biographical Review of  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Part 1: :41-end
Part 2: all
Part 3: 0:00-1:24; 3:00-5:00 (more if wanted...skip this to get past the Gatsby section)

-Journal: Which 3 life events do you think had the greatest impact on Fitzgerald's writing?

-Read on in Gatsby (Chapters 4 + 5)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Jane's Journey Reviewed

-Bell work (languid, annex)
-Group Work

  • AP
    • Review of previous test
    • Overview of study plan leading up to the test
  • Honors
    • Time to finish posters (if needed)
-Presentations (this information will be helpful on the take-home test)

-All: Read Gatsby Chapters 1-3 (Mon)
  • Review Questions based on what you missed on the practices test (Mon)
  • Read Chapter 8 (Mon)
  • Read Chapter 9 + Create flashcards on terms you have trouble with 
    • any other flashcard site
    • or you can do them the old-fashioned way
  • Essay Review Sheets 
    • Remember, you need to have the details of at least two texts down for the exam.  This includes title, author, names of characters, date published, setting, major plot events, theme, etc.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Group Work Day

-Group Work
  • AP--Practice Exam
  • Honors--Continue to work on project
-Poster Session Continued (Be prepared to present tomorrow after little in-class working time)

-All: Read through chapter 3 for Monday
-AP: Read next two chapters of AP Essay Tips
-AP: Finish next two sections of chapter 3 poetry questions if you have not already

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


-Bell Work (ebullition, diffidence, placid, kindle)
-Life as a Journey Metaphor

  • Review of Bildungsroman 
  • Discussion of Pilgrim's Progress (alluded to throughout JE)
-4-Pager Activity

The Journey of Jane
*To analyze why and how individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text
*To read closely to draw inferences
*To prepare for and to participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations

Last class we reviewed the concept of Bildungsroman, which refers to a novel of self-development.  Bildungsroman consists of four general characteristics (from handout):
1.      It is a story of a single individual’s growth and development within the context of a defined social order.
2.      The hero beings the journey because of loss or discontentment.
3.      Throughout the long process of maturity there are repeated clashes between the hero’s needs/desires and the views/judgments of a rigid society.
4.      By the end the hero begins to internalize social values.  At this point, the hero also tends to assess himself and his new place in society. 
Jane Eyre consists of five distinct sections, which can be read as building a bildungsroman.  Given the extensive Biblical and spiritual allusions throughout the text, the novel more specifically might be considered a novel of spiritual self-development. 

Analysis of Jane as (Religious) Bildungsroman Directions:
·         With a partner, review your assigned portion of the text.  You may skim and/or refer back to your reading questions.
·         Get a chart paper and some markers.  Divide one side into four squares.
o   Square One: Draw a timeline for this chapter.  Choose no less than five key events to incorporate.
o   Square Two: Answer the following questions:
§  What brings Jane to this place?  Was it loss or discontent?
§  What new conflicts does Jane experience as she clashes with the established social order here?
o   Square Three: Draw a symbolic representation of Jane given what she goes through and/or the ways in which she grows in your section (include labels). 
o   Square Four: Write a paragraph that addresses the following (you may need to continue onto the back of your chart):
§  How has Jane changed through her experiences within this section?  Does she have a new place in society?  What is it?  Does she have a new relationship with religion/spirituality?  What is it?
Grading Checklist:
·         Timeline                                                                                                              _______/5 
o   Consist of 5+ major events
o   Consist of events relevant to section
o   Is detailed enough to understand
·         Short Answers                                                                                                    _______/5
o   Addresses all four questions
o   Is relevant to section
o   Is supported by specific examples and/or plot details
·         Symbolic Drawing                                                                                             _______/5
o   Seems to represent interpretation of Jane from section
o   Contains descriptive labels
·         Long Paragraph Answer                                                                                     _______/10
o   Addresses all questions
o   Provides more than yes/no answers
o   Supports answers with more specific textual evidence relevant to length
·         Presentation                                                                                                                    _______/5 
o   Clearly presents group’s opinions on Jane Eyre as bildungsroman
o   Speaks clearly at a reasonable pace
o   Makes eye contact with the audience
o   Addresses audience questions

-Read Gatsby Chapters 1-3 by Monday
-AP: Next two poetry sections of questions (chapters 3)