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?
For homework you read the article "We are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong." The author defends the Enlightenment legacy against the another writer, Yuval Levin, who sides with Edmund Burke's critique of the Age of Reason.
The "great debate" between Enlightenment "liberal" Thomas Paine and "conservative" Edmund Burke centered on politics revolution. Paine championed individualism and democracy, while Burke supported social tradition and wanted to maintain order. The author of the article you read, says America's legacy is to keep Paine's radicalism alive. Why does he think this, and whom do you agree with?
Mr. Justin Biggs