Today we took some notes about F. Scott Fitzgerald and his life as it pertains to his writing of The Great Gatsby. We then discussed the unit and the Gatsby notebooks that we'll be creating. The notes and assignment documents are attached; however, you will likely want to talk to a trusted classmate or the teacher in order to make sure that you fully understand the expectations. We discussed Chapter 1 briefly and began work on the first three assignments: the chapter 1 reading guide, Character Visualizations and Topic Tracking.
Take a piece of printer paper and fold it into quarters, making four boxes on each side. Label these boxes Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, Jay Gatsby, Myrtle, and George. (There will be one extra box.) Your assignment is to create a visual representation of what YOU see in your mind when you imagine that character. If you can draw well, please do - but if not, use internet images or magazine cut-outs. If it helps, approach this as casting for a new Great Gatsby movie - that being said, do NOT copy the casting decisions of either real Great Gatsby movie. This activity cannot be entirely completed yet, but you'll want to do as much of it as possible now.
As you read the entire book (START NOW or you'll have to re-read the book at the end!), use a system of your choice (separate sheets of paper, multi-colored sticky notes, etc.) to mark down examples from the book that seem to be related to the following topics: The American Dream, disillusionment, and reality vs. illusion (which differs from disillusionment in that I'm thinking of lies, pretenses, etc.). You will be using these examples for something at the end of your reading.
Your homework is to read chapter 2, complete the reading guide for chapter 1 (and chapter 2 if you choose to do it as you read rather than afterward), and begin work on the two assignments above.