Week Eight-May 11 to May 22
We have officially been done reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald. It’s a short read and the audiobooks make it pretty simple to follow. If you have not read it, let me tell you it’s wild!! There’s adultery and murder and bootleggers and nose breaking and lots, lots more!! AND it's the last week of assignments!!
Remember you are working from this workbook. ALL assignments for The Great Gatsby can be found inside the workbook: Click here for the workbook.
I’m sure by now you are all aware of the new grading policy that board passed for Quarter 4. Even so, I still strongly suggest giving this book a read. It’s always good to sharpen your reading skills. With that being said, if you want anything higher than a 70% C that the board is giving you, you have to do the work that merits the higher grade. NOT just doing some of it. As always, I believe in you and you can do this!!
Also, be sure to check your email frequently. I send updates and surveys out as do your other teachers and principal. Additionally, when I return your work with a grade, be sure to check what comments I made so you can know how to get a better score!
-Monday, May 11: Apply. Answer the following questions to the best of your ability citing textual evidence to support your claims. You will use the book to find quotes to use as support. This assignment only has three questions! That’s all! Additionally, a lot of it is your opinion and if you did the plot structure chart, you’ve already done half the work for this one!
***Apply is due at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 11***
-Tuesday, May 12: Analyze. Answer the following questions to the best of your ability citing textual evidence to support your claims. You will use the book to find quotes to use as support. Again, this one is only three questions!! It’s also mainly just opinion on how the book could have been better. You’ll tell me what conclusions you drew after finishing the book, what was another way the book could have ended, and what could have been taken away from the plot.
***Analyze is due at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 12***
-Wednesday, May 13: Evaluate. Answer the following questions to the best of your ability citing textual evidence to support your claims. Alright don’t freak out too much because this one is five questions! But it’s going to be okay! Again, it’s mostly your opinion. You will tell me what changes you would make to the end of the book specifically, decide if you agree with the ending and tell me why or why not, how the novel could have been better, and finally you will defend the protagonist. Defend as in, people say that Gatsby is selfish and an idealist who can never be happy with what he has. Defend Gatsby!
***Evaluate is due at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 13***
-Thursday, May 14: Create. Answer the following questions to the best of your ability citing textual evidence to support your claims. This one is once again only three questions! I must be going soft! First you will want to identify a lesson you learned from the book or a lesson that a character learned. Once you’ve identified that, create a public service announcement. Tell the world in the way commercials or social media tell you about any news! Second, you will create a different climax to the story. So you know when Daisy up and ran over Myrtle? Change that. How would you make it different? Lastly, you will empathize with the antagonist (the bad guy). Meaning, try to see the events from Tom’s perspective. Try to understand why he acts/does the things he does.
***Create is due at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 14***
-Friday and the Weekend:
Final Essay. Choose one of the following essays prompts. Your essay must be between 4-5 pages MLA format (which is roughly ten paragraphs, 5 sentences each) and accurately answer the prompt using textual evidence (quotes with page numbers) from The Great Gatsby.
If typed: 12 point font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced.
If handwritten: Write neatly and ensure you have at least ten paragraphs, 5 sentences each.
Using the process of elimination and evidence from The Great Gatsby, explain which character is most at fault for the tragic events of Myrtle, Gatsby, and Wilson’s death.
Explain the American Dream. How could The Great Gatsby be viewed as a critique of the American Dream? Use multiple examples from the text as well as other sources to support your claims.
Choose one of the themes throughout The Great Gatsby and explain its development throughout the story. Use multiple examples from the text to support your explanation.
***Final Essay is due at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 20***
Full Book Exam:
You have to take this one on google classroom. I did not include it in your packets on purpose. It is Multiple Choice. Read each question carefully and choose the best answer. The next questions, you need to answer in complete sentences. I’m looking to see if you read the book, so be thorough in your responses. Each question is worth 19 points.
***Full Book Exam is due at 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 22***
By now each of you should have your Little Wound school email. If you haven’t, you need to activate that email and accept the invitation to google classroom for English III. I also have permission to allow you all a couple of weeks after school ends to turn in assignments for that higher grade. So I’m allowing you till June 5th!
The preferred method of turning in these assignments will be google classroom. It is much easier this way for me to keep track of assignments. However, if you cannot access the classroom, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 605-454-5119.