Archive for November, 2014


Hey s’mores! It’s the last week of the marking period, which means that we’ll be wrapping up our study of the 1920’s and beginning to work on our summative project. Remember, the summative project is 60 percent of your grade for the marking period, so it is imperative that you work hard to complete it during the week. Here’s the schedule:

Monday: 1st, 4th, and 5th periods will be finishing up our work with Gatsby and moving into our summative project. I’ll be explaining it to you during class and you’ll have the opportunity to start working on your project. 3rd period will be finishing up the novel, discussing the final three paragraphs and then starting your projects. Here’s a sample of what I think your slides should look like if you are electing to make a PowerPoint.

Tuesday – Friday: These will all be work days for you. There is quite a lot to be done, and each day I’ll be walking you through at least one part of the project. The project is due on Friday, by 11:59:59.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog

Howdy, young ones! This is a super short week, but we still have quite a lot of work to do. In order to catch up after all the odd days off that we had this marking period we’ll need to get some additional reading done during the week. This means, of course, that you’ll need to do some reading outside of school. If you’re struggling to understand exactly what’s going on in the text, you can check to look at summaries of each chapter. You can also watch this neat-o video:

I hope that helps, if you’re struggling. That said, here’s the week!

Monday: We’ll be discussing chapter 7 in class. I have a few debatable questions that we’ll be walking through during the course of the period.

Homework: Read chapter 8 for class on Tuesday.

Tuesday: I have a set of discussion questions that we’ll be working through in class, as well as a short group piece about 3 particularly meaningful passages.

Homework: Read chapter 9 for Wednesday.

Wednesday: The smart kids should expect a quiz on Wednesday, but we’ll also be having something of a debate around the question of whether or not Nick’s judgement of the culture is fair or accurate. This will tie in to the conversation about dreams, by the way.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog

Hey young ones! I hope that you’re ready for an intellectually challenging and engaging week. As we continue our reading of Gatsby, we’ll also start wrestling with the idea of cultural pluralism and whether or not it is a) a good idea and b) even possible to achieve (if you’d even want to…). Here’s the skinny on our week:

Monday: We’ll be reading a short article in class about the idea of cultural pluralism, then reading excerpts from two influential figures, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois. These two intellectuals, both of whom were African-American, had radically different ideas of how the black community should proceed following the Civil War. We’ll be discussing their ideas on Tuesday.

Tuesday: Like I just said, we’ll be looking at the ideas of Washington and Du Bois, and applying their ideas beyond just their writing, looking at race and culture in America. You can find the short readings here (they’re the last two pages) and the questions here.

Homework: Read chapter 5 of Gatsby for class on Wednesday.

Wednesday: I have a short set of discussion questions for us on Wednesday that deal both with the basic plot and with the idea of cultural pluralism.

Thursday: I’m still figuring out exactly what Thursday will look like. We will be listining to some music from the Harlem Renaissance, but I haven’t put together exactly who just yet. Stay tuned.

Homework: Read chapter 6 in Gatsby.

Friday: We’ll be dealing with chapter 6 via a Socratic Seminar. We’ll be looking at social class in the novel, viewed through the lens of cultural pluralism.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog

Welcome to our 10th week together, young ones! We’ll be digging into our second unit of the year this week, starting to look closely at both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and at some of the poetry and music of the Harlem Renaissance. I hope that we’ll start to explore some of our big ideas this week, especially whether or not the American Dream actually exists. Take a look at your Election Week schedule:

Monday: Last week we were introduced to Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby. In many ways he is part of the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, born in the midwest and transplanted to NYC. (Check out this article for more on that). Because we’ve already met him, we’ll be transitioning to look at some work from Langston Hughes, and his poem A Dream Deferred. You can check out the work you’ll be doing in groups here.

Homework: Finish Gatsby chapter 1.

Tuesday: ┬áNo school! Go vote! Or… um… tell your parents to vote!

Wednesday: We’re going to be discussing the first chapter of Gatsby for the first 20 minutes or so of class. Afterwards, I’ll be giving you time to read the second chapter.

Homework: Read chapter 2

Thursday: Naturally, we’ll be digging into chapter 2. I also have your second set of vocabulary words. I’ll post them ASAP.

Friday: To finish the week you’ll be making your first extended journal entry, comparing life in East and West Egg to the life that Hughes describes in A Dream Deferred. After, I’ll be giving you time to read chapter 3.

Homework: Read chapter 3 for class on Monday.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog