Week 07: The American Dream and GG (MARCH FOA DATES)

Monday: Text Type Activity- The American Dream

FOA Presentation Dates:

  • March 14- Stephanie
  • March 16- Paris and Min
  • March 20- Lina and Lucy
  • March 22- Zoe and Pearl
  • March 26- Violet
  • March 28- Khoi and Megan
  • March 30- Huy

Remember- this is only a 10 minute thing, so get to the point!

I reminded you that you should be at about page 50 of “The Great Gatsby” and have your study guide and annotations completed up to this point.  We will begin discussions and activities related to GG on March 14- so get the reading done before class that day.

In class today, we looked at more text types with evidence of the American Dream:

Huy brought this movie trailer.

Paris brought an excerpt from “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck:

Quotes Explain how the quote demonstrates American Dream
“You’re nuts.” Crooks was scornful. “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their backs and the same damn thing in their heads.” Derisive tone:

-Volume/observable attempts (“hundreds of men”)

-Failure (“same damn thing”)

→ barely getting by

(walking while carry barely anything to plain → have American dream in their heads)

Lennie said, “Tell about that place, George.”

“I jus’ tol’ you, jus’ las’ night.”

“Go on—tell again, George.”

“Well, it’s ten acres,” said George. “Got a little win’mill. Got a little shack on it, an’ a chicken run. Got a kitchen, orchard, cherries, apples, peaches, ‘cots, nuts, got a few berries. They’s a place for alfalfa and plenty water to flood it. They’s a pig pen—”

“An’ rabbits, George.”

“No place for rabbits now, but I could easy build a few hutches and you could feed alfalfa to the rabbits.”

alfalfa : expensive to grow and take more water/higher calorie

Food: not hungry (starving)

Own property

Have companionship

⇒ ideal future

“We could live offa the fatta the lan'” Exist their for them/ don’t have to work very hard to be successful → American is always abundance

Go to California and pick gold out of the river (some luck) → over exaggerated

Khoi brought this image “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”:

Image result for westward the course of empires

Lucy shared this image from J.C. Leyendecker:

Related image

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