The Great Gatsby has been called the quintessential American novel. Discuss the novel’s theme that the American Dream is corrupted by the desire for wealth. How does Fitzgerald illustrate that outward appearances can be deceptive? What is the proof that James Gatz has the wrong dream? What do Jay Gatsby’s decisions say about the American identity and the American Dream?


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Chapter 6
1. What is revealed about Jay Gatsby aka “James Gatz”?
2. What was Dan Cody’s flaw? How might this relate to Gatsby? }
3. What did Dan leave Gatsby? What happened?
4. When Nick next sees Gatsby, surprisingly who is with him?
5. Gatsby invites Tom to stay for dinner. What is the reaction and response?
6. How does Nick feel at Gatsby’s party? What does Nick notice? 34
7. What does Tom accuse Gatsby of?
8. What does Gatsby realize about Daisy’s feelings towards the party?
9. The text states, “You can’t repeat the past.” Is this true?
10. Why does F. Scott Fitzgerald include this chapter about a sad and mostly underwhelming party?

Chapter 7
1. Who is Trimalchio? Why might he be referenced in the text?
2. Describe the weather at the beginning of chapter 7. What literary term might this be?
3. What does Jordan call Daisy? How would you describe their relationship?
4. What character is introduced that surprises Gatsby?
5. What does Tom insist on doing at this very moment? What is Daisy’s reaction?
6. Describe the relationship between Tom, Daisy and Gatsby? 37
7. Why is Wilson ill?
8. What does Myrtle think about Jordan?
9. What does the group do at the Plaza Hotel?
10. What does Tom antagonize Gatsby about?
11. What does Gatsby tell Tom? Is this a good idea?
12. What does Daisy say about Tom?
13. What does Daisy reveal to Tom?

Chapter 8
1. How does Nick feel about Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship?
2. How does Nick treat Jordan? Why?
3. Who does Wilson think Myrtle’s lover is?
4. What happens at the end of the chapter?
5. How did Gatsby perform in the war?
6. How does the Nick describe Daisy? Is he correct?
7. Why does Daisy choose Tom?

Chapter 9
1. What makes Nick assume responsibility for the funeral arrangements? Specify the things he did.
2. What version of the tragedy appeared in the newspapers? How would you account for the fact that this version went
unchallenged and uncorrected?
3. How had Gatsby’s father learned of the tragedy? To what extent does the father know his son?
4. Discuss the significance of Gatsby’s boyhood program for self-improvement.
5. What is the irony of Gatsby’s funeral?
6. What is the significance of the scene including Jordan Baker?
7. What moral judgment does Nick make about Tom and Daisy? Discuss.
8. Explain the significance of the last page of the novel in relation to Gatsby’s dream and to the American Dream.

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The Great Gatsby Vocabulary

1. deft
2. extemporize
3. feign
4. fractious
5. incredulous
6. peremptory
7. reproach
8. swank
9. supercilious
10. affectation
11. caterwaul
12. corpulent
13. desolate
14. disdain
15. ectoplasm
16. enjoin
17. florid
18. haughtily
19. homogeneity
20. insolent
21. poignant
22. provincial
23. spectroscope
24. strident
25. sumptuous
26. transcendent
27. vacuous
28. vinous
29. wan
30. bond

January 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 8 Happy New Year and Welcome Back! Quickwrite #1 January 22 Literary Devices and Uses
January 9 Text Book Distribution January 23 Extended Metaphor, Allegory
January 10 Introduction to Explanatory Texts, Planning Your Trip to Gold Country, DP #2 January 24 Zora Neale Hurston
January 11 Oprah Winfrey DP #3, Planning Your Trip to Gold Country, Bounce Pages HW January 25 Zora Neale Hurston
January 12 Schoology Quiz January 26 Zora Neale Hurston
January 16 Martin Luther King's Speach in acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize January 29 Interview with Barack Obama
January 17 Mark Twain Introduction, From Life on the Mississippi January 30 State of the Union Address
January 18 The Notorious (Celebrated) Jumping Frog of Calveras County by Mark Twain January 31 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
January 19  

February 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1 February 15 Chinese New Year Explanation and Discussion
February 2 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 2 & 3 February 16 To Kill a Mockingbird
February 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 4 February 20 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch.12-13
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5 & 6 February 21 CAASSP Testing - NO READING ASSIGNED
February 7 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 7 February 22 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 14-15
February 8 To Kill a Mockingbird February 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 16-17
February 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 February 26 Naviance Presentation by Dr. Cook, To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 18-19
February 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9 February 27 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 20-21
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 10 February 28 To Kill a Mockingbird Trial Re- Reading - Mayella and Tom's Testimionies
February 14 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 11  

March 2018

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 1 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 22-23 March 14 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
March 2 Confusion on Campus March 15 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
March 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 24-25 March 16 Essay Workshop - Thesis
March 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 26-27 March 19 Essay Workshop - Outline
March 7 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 28-29 March 20 Essay Workshop - Concrete Details
March 8 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 30 March 21 Essay Workshop - First Draft
March 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 31 March 22 Essay Workshop - First Draft Due!
March 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion March 23 Essay Workshop - Peer Editing
March 13 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)  


To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Choices

1. The Radley place undergoes a change in the course of the novel. At the beginning, we are told, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” (Chapter 1). By the end, Scout fearlessly walks Boo up to his front porch. What change has taken place in Scout that allows her to walk with Boo?
2. At the novel’s end, Scout says of Boo Radley, “…neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (Chapter 31). Is Scout right, that they gave nothing in return? Does this comment come from the adult-Scout narrator or the child-Scout narrator?
3. What is the significance of the the title of the novel? In what ways do we see the killing of mockingbirds?

April 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 3 Essay Due! April 17 The Great Gatsby
April 4 50th Anniversary of MLK Assassination, Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 18 The Great Depression
April 5 Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 19 The Great Gatsby
April 6 Winter Dreams April 20 The Great Gatsby
April 9 Emotional Tools Interview April 23 Prohibition
April 10 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald April 24 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary
April 11 The Great Gatsby April 25 Jay Gatsby according to Jay Gatsby Assignment
April 12 The Great Gatsby April 26  
April 13 The Great Gatsby April 27  
April 16 The Great Gatsby April 30  

Last Day to turn in work for 15 Week Report Card:
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Chapter 1 and 2
1. What do you know about Nick Carraway from the opening pages of The Great Gatsby? Why do these characteristics make Nick a suitable narrator for the story?
2. Describe the relationship Nick has with the Buchanans. What are your first impressions of the Buchanans?
3. What does Daisy mean when she wishes her child to be a “beautiful fool”? What does it reveal about Daisy’s character?
4. Characterize Jordan Baker.
5. The Buchanans suggest that Nick and Jordan become romantically involved. Is this a good match? Why/why not?
6. Describe the “Valley of Ashes.”
7. How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival?
8. How does George treat Tom?
9. How does Myrtle’s physical appearance mirror her inner character?
10. How does Myrtle’s behavior change as the party progresses? What does Myrtle’s behavior at the party reveal about her character?
11. Why does Nick see himself both on the inside and the outside of the apartment at the end of chapter 2?

Chapter 3
1. Why does Jordan prefer large parties to small ones?
2. Automobiles become an important recurring motif in Gatsby. How are they worked into the first
few chapters of the novel?
3. What Does Gatsby tell Nick about himself?
4. Who is Meyer Wolfsheim? What might his association with Gatsby indicate about Gatsby’s character?

Chapter 4
1. List all of the rumors told about Gatsby.
2. Why does Fitzgerald list all of Gatsby's party guests?
3. Why does Gatsby tell Nick about his life? Do you believe Gatsby? Does Nick?
4. What role does Meyer Wolfsheim play in the novel? Why is there so much focus on his nose and what does this tell you about Fitzgerald's politics?
5. What does Jordan's story of Daisy's marriage reveal about Daisy?
6. Why did Gatsby want Daisy to see his house?
7. Nick says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired." What does Nick mean? How does each character in the novel fit into this schema?

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1   May 16  
May 2   May 17  
May 3   May 18  
May 4   May 21  
May 7   May 22  
May 8 The Great Gatsby Ch. 8, part 2 May 23  
May 9 The Great Gatsby Ch. 8, part 2 May 24  
May 10   May 25  
May 11   May 29  
May 14   May 30  
May 15   May 31  

Last Day to turn in late work for the year:
Thursday, May 24th, 2018

June 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1   June 6 Finals
June 4   June 7 Finals
June 5 Finals  


August 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 21 Introduction to The Founding Fathers August 28 Cornell Notes Introduction
August 22 Thomas Jefferson and The Declaration of Independence August 29 Course Contract Review
August 23 Schoology Introduction August 30 The Declaration of Independence
August 24 The Declaration of Independence August 31 The Founding Fathers
August 25 Fire Drill  

September 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 5 The Bill of Rights September 18 What is an American?
September 6 The Bill of Rights September 19 The Slave Trade
September 7 Introduction to Ben Franklin September 20 Vocabulary
September 8 Patrick Henry September 22 Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
September 11 9/11 discussion and paragraph, What is an American? September 25 Unit Overview
September 12 Ben Franklin September 26 Study Guide Workshop
September 13 Ben Franklin September 27 Study Guide Review
September 14 US Constitution Graphic Novel September 28 Unit 1 Test
September 15 Phyllis Wheatley and Abigail Adams September 29 Creation Myth Introduction, The World on a Turtle's Back

October 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 2 The Functions of Creation Myth October 17 La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca
October 3 The World on a Turtle's Back October 18 La Relacion
October 4 The World on a Turtle's Back October 19 Earthquake Drill
October 5 The Coyote Stories October 20 On Plymouth Plantation, The Mayflower Song
October 6 The Coyote Stories October 23 On Plymouth Plantation
October 9 The Way to Rainy Mountain by Scott Momaday October 24 Terms of Peace between Native Americans and Pilgrims
October 10 The Way to Rainy Mountain October 25 Revisiting Olaudah Equiano, Forms of 'Text,' and Maya Angelou Introduction
October 11 Aesops Fables October 26 My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors by Maya Angelou
October 12 Zulu Creation Myth October 27 From Colony to Country, Introduction to Puritan Beliefs
October 13 Chinese Creation Myth October 30 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
October 16 Cultrural Similarities October 31 Edward Allen Poe Introduction, The Raven, Annabelle Lee


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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.

Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend more time on social media also spend more time with their friends in person, on average—highly social teens are more social in both venues, and less social teens are less so. But at the generational level, when teens spend more time on smartphones and less time on in-person social interactions, loneliness is more common. So is depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan.

Even Steve Jobs limited his kids’ use of the devices he brought into the world.


November 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 Introduction to the Puritans, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God November 13 The Crucible
November 2 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Parent/Teacher Conferences November 15 The Crucible
November 3 The Examination of Sarah Good, 1692 November 16 The Crucible
November 6 Introduction to Arthur Miller, The Crucible Reasons, Marriage Bio, November 17 The Crucible
November 7 The Crucible by Arthur Miller November 27 The Crucible
November 8 CAASPP Interim Exam November 28 The Crucible
November 9 The Crucible November 29 The Crucible
November 10 The Crucible November 30 The Crucible

December 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 1 Essay preparation December 11  
December 4 First Draft due December 12  
December 5 Peer editing workshop December 13 Finals
December 7 Final Revisions December 15 Finals
December 8 The Crucible Essay Due  

The Crucible Essay - Due December 11, 2017

1. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character, in that he evolves during the play. To what does he evolve, and why? What pressures directly influence his “research” of the citizens of Salem, and what does he learn from them that facilitates his change?

2. What does the title mean? Is it the best title for this play? What parts of the play support the literal and figurative definitions of “crucible”?

3. Who is ultimately more central to this story: John Proctor or Abigail Williams? What did John mean by his anguished cries of “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Is John a “real” Puritan? Is Abigail?

- Use specific examples from the text. Support your claims.
- Write in 3rd person. No “I” or “you,” etc.
- Pay attention to sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
- Type written and printed as hard copy
- 5 Paragraphs - Intro (with thesis statement), Support 1, Support 2, Support 3, Conclusion
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