I. Read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 on your own, continuing to highlight and mark the text
II. Complete a Literary Response Journal for each chapter, choosing 5 of the options on the sheet.
III. Blog your reaction to the end of the novel on this thread (minimum one paragraph, with one Ch.9 quote)
IV. Write a potential thesis statement for your essay on the novel. The available "lenses" are:
VISUAL-CINEMATIC: Imagery, Symbolism and Connections to the Film version
HISTORICAL-BIOGRAPHICAL: The Jazz Age, Prohibition, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.
EXISTENTIAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL: Philosophical themes focusing on identity, meaning, dreams
MARXIST-FEMINIST: Issues of Class and Gender in the novel
Remember to go from the Lens to a Question to an Answer, which becomes your Thesis Statement!
And be original. There have been a million essays written about this book - What do YOU have to say?
Mr. Justin Biggs