Hope you are all having a wonderful time during these last couple of weeks before the start of school!
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!
EYES WERE WATCHING GOD FILM
HW - Brainstorm what your "American Dream" is. Bring this in WRITTEN DOWN for the final class. You can use an index card if you would like. Think what would you have, do, be; where would you live, work, play...
FOR FUN: Post your "American Dream" on National Public Radio's Website. Instructions here:
"WE WANT TO KNOW: WHAT IS YOUR AMERICAN DREAM"
In-class essay: write as much as you can in the time provided.
Also - you turned in your packets today, with the found poem and the character organizer.
Now, we have the film tomorrow, and a culminating day on the final day--putting your whole year's worth of experience to work.
Friday Freewrite: Music HERE
Stuck? Everything you remember about this morning to the last detail...
or Tell about an even from the perspective of a shoe...
In a three body paragraph essay, discuss how Janie's three marriages contribute to her growth as a person. Your introduction should be a general statement about theme --how does Janie's change and growth illuminate some truth about relationships, about love, or about other topics we discussed? It should end in a well written thesis which defines Janie’s main change or lesson over the course of her life. Each paragraph should consider what initially pulls her to each of the three men, how they differ, and what she learns from each experience. Try to avoid simplistic thinking; none of these men is all “good” or all “bad.” Instead, each of these men is a well-developed character who offers a little of both. Your CMs and Conclusion should focus on Janie’s growth as a character and how that growth contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole (theme).
Morally ambiguous characters—characters whose behavior discourages readers from identifying them as purely evil or purely good—are at the heart of many works of literature. Morally ambiguous characters play a pivotal role in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Write an essay in which you explain how up to three characters can be viewed as morally ambiguous and why their moral ambiguity is significant to the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.
Continued book discussion, essay preparation, and book related work.
HW - finish everything by Friday
We had a discussion (yes, really, again) about thematic topics versus theme.
Hopefully, it will help you prepare for your essay...you'll need a theme identified in your thesis.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the morally ambiguous characters _______________, _______________, and _____________ to show ____________________________theme goes here____________________________.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston shows that __________________theme goes here _____________________________, through the life and growth of ____________________________.
You worked in groups with Monday energy, meaning you got SOME stuff done, in a Garfield way.
HW - finish books and packets by Friday