Week 01: Gatsby Articles

Tuesday: Gatsby Articles

Vocab Roots #9-   There will be a quiz over #7-9 (primary) and #1-6 (secondary) on April 16.

  • CORD-
  • LAT-, LATER-
  • PAN-, PAM-

While people were working on vocab, I passed back a number of past assignments, and people had a chance to see the grade sheet for WT#2 FD that was submitted the end of Q3.  These were given back so that I can keep them on file.

Next, in article groups, people discussed the academic articles that were chosen before the break.  I checked the annotations while discussion was happening.  The focus here is not to know everything in the papers, but you should figure out how to deal with the frustration of not understanding something, focus on what you can take away from the article and apply to your reading and understanding of “The Great Gatsby”.

After the discussions, people were asked to reflect on three things:

  • How are the authors talking about literature?
  • What lessons do you want to remember for the future?– think about the way literary devices are used to create meaning!
  • Look at two sentences that really stand out to you- what is the sentence structure that is used?  How can you learn from this for your own writing?

I broke one sentence down on the board and talked through it.  This took about 10 minutes.

HW: Start reading “The Bluest Eye”.  This is our last major work!  You need to be done with annotations by May 2 (10 pages a day).  I gave out the hard copies today during the afternoon.

HW: Choose 2 sentences from the articles you read and break them down like I did in class today.  It is not important that you use the fancy “linguist jargon” to describe what is happening, but you can look at noun phrases, prepositional phrases, verbs, and punctuation and make observations.  You should do this on paper- not in the printout of the articles- so that you  have lots of room to visually describe what is happening in the sentence.