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Gatsby Ch. 7-9

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Gatsby Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

As we study Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, you will be expected to make connections beyond mere plot. We will use our study of Gawain to practice developing close reading and annotation skills and developing our ability to have complex discussions about themes in Medieval literature.

In-Class Analysis and Annotation with Small Groups

Reading Focus:

  • Truth (thematic idea)
  • Game (thematic idea)
  • Quests / The Hero’s Journey
  • Biblical Symbolism
  • Moral Dilemmas / Temptation

Here is a link to the PPT used in class. This will be helpful to you, especially if you miss one of the lecture classes on Gawain.

Gatsby Ch. 1-3

As we read the first three chapters of The Great Gatsby, you may choose to read along with the audiobook. You will find links to the audiobook below. If you are absent for one of our reading days, you can get digital copies of the text by clicking on the chapter title before each video.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Canterbury Tales

This week, we will be exploring a sampling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Watch the video below for an introduction to The Canterbury Tales. We will also use Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as the inspiration for your next Memoir Vignette.

Once you have watched the video, you will need to begin reading. Here is a link to an interlinear translation of the General Prologue.


The Wife of Bath’s Tale

The Pardoner’s Tale

The Miller’s Tale


Finally, here is the PowerPoint detailing some of the main thematic points from each of the tales:

Research Paper Guidelines

As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Topic Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.

The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.


  • Thesis and Outline: Jan. 17
  • First Draft: Jan. 23 (@8:00am on turnitin.com)
  • Peer Review: Jan. 24-25 (closes @8:00am on 1/25)
  • Final Draft: Jan. 29 (@8:00am on turnitin.com)


Additional Formatting Supplements:


Peer Review Questions:


Annotated Bibliography

As you begin your research, you will be gathering sources and then citing and annotating those sources. All of your sources, along with their annotations, will be compiled in an Annotated Bibliography. Below you will find the complete instructions, rubric, and example provided in class.


You will need to locate at least six sources:

  • At least two sources must be pieces of literary criticism.
  • At least two sources should be focused on your topic without making direct connections to your novel (it will be your job in the paper to make those connections as the literary critic).
  • Your sources should be considered credible and scholarly.

Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:

  • Reading and summarizing your source
  • Evaluating your source as it relates to your purpose (or topic) for the paper

The next step will be to create an Annotated Bibliography. Here is an overview of the formatting for an Annotated Bibliography:

Helpful Tips:


  • To set a hanging indention, you will need to adjust the ruler in your document:


  • For new paragraphs within the same annotation/source, you will need to adjust the indention setting accordingly:


  • When citing your sources, remember to use The Owl (link above in “Helpful Resources”) and the container concept for the 8th edition of MLA:


Modest Proposal Satire Project

Satire Project Instructions

It’s time to try your hand at creating satire! Think wicked thoughts to make a ‘modest’ proposal to fix a vice in our society, much like Jonathan Swift did in his ‘proposal.’ While your problem should be a serious issue, your solution, obviously, should be satirical. Your objective is to draw attention to an important social issue while proposing a ludicrous solution. The contrast of the problem and solution should make the need for reform evident.

The key to success in creating good satire is to use your own style, sense of humor, and opinions to create an informed and humorous piece that also advocates a mock “solution” to the social issue in order to call attention to the issue. In response to a current concern or issue, write or produce your own “modest proposal” for publication or production. You may present your satire in a number of ways.

Project Rubric:


Model Texts:

News Article:

Political Cartoons:

Broadcast News Segment:

Original Song:

Comedic Sketch:

Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle


Essay: “A Modest Proposal”

And finally, here is a real-world example related to our discussion about using common sense with the satirical choices you make.

Intro to Satire

If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.

We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”

Modest Porpoisal:


Swift Payment:

Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist.  In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended.  The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”


Tools of the Satirist:

Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.

Satire Tools

Literary Theory and Criticism Project

Project Instructions:


Click on the following to find materials for your theory:

Lesson Plan Template

Student Notes Page

Socratic Seminar Prep


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