Syllabus and The Great Gatsby

1. Review the “About U.S. Lit” tab or pick up a syllabus from the supply table. Star anything you want to remember and ask me any questions you have.

2. We spent some time prepping to read The Great Gatsby. We discussed the setting (How it’s two peninsulas called “Eggs” jutting out from Long Island. Both are richy rich but it’s only cool to be from East Egg), the time period (It’s set in the Roaring 20’s which were a decadent, luxurious time…right before the Great Depression. Sound family? Think the housing bubble of the ’90’s and the bust we currently occupy), and the epigraph. The book starts with a quote: “Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” (Thomas Parke D’Invilliers) People predicted that the story would be about bending over backwards for a dream, be it a dream girl or something else. Is that good or bad or just plain painful? We don’t know right now.

3. Pick up a copy of The Great Gatsby.

Homework: Free read 20 minutes everyday. Part or all of this time may be spent reading chapters 1 and 2 of The Great Gatsby and recording your thoughts on the guided response sheet. You don’t need to have something in every category, just record what you’re thinking about the reading.

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