Students will begin this hour by taking a brief reading quiz over the remainder of Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, which was assigned as homework at the end of the last class period. This quiz will be delivered via the Socrative platform so that I can gather instant feedback from students to see who has read the text and the areas of the plot or characterization with which they struggled. This quiz can be imported into your own Socrative account using the sharing code SOC#3825259. It's also available in the "Resources" section. These quizzes continue to allow me the value opportunity to collect ongoing feedback from students that I can use as a talking point with students or parents when it becomes obvious that the material is not being read at all or not being read at the deep level required by the Common Core Standards.
After the quiz, I will ask students to summarize the remainder of Chapter 7 and ask if any students have questions over the reading or reactions to the text.
Next, students will work first individually and then in small groups to track the emotional progression of characters in the hotel scene. The progression will look like this:
Before moving to our next section of the lesson, students will respond to a set of questions to get to the root of author choices and director choices required to properly execute this novel.
After our discussion of the challenges of a director converting this novel into film, we will view two interpretations of the hotel scene. The first will be the Robert Redford & Mia Farrow version (from about 1:39-1:45). While viewing, students will complete the activity on their handout (the SAME handout as in the last section of the lesson), labeling the emotions for their assigned character and responding to the open-ended questions at the end in a 2 minute quickwrite at the end of the video clip. Then, we will discuss:
Then, we will watch the same section of the Baz Luhrman interpretation of the film (from 1:35-1:44). Students will follow the same directions as with the first clip, and then we will discuss the same interpretation questions.
Finally, we will complete our look at this chapter with a few more questions and I will remind students that they should be updating their Visual Character Maps with our daily discussions.
For homework, students will need to read all of Chapter 8 and continue with their Visual Character Maps for Jordan, Daisy, Gatsby, Nick, and Tom. Also, they need to read the ACT Reading Overview in Number2.com, taking notes with the ACT Reading Tutorial Notes Template, and complete at least 20 practice questions within the platform to gain more practice for our upcoming ACT.