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re-imagining Gatsby

September 16, 2012


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My year 11s shared alternative titles for this Greatest of Great-American-Novels in their blog posts; Meghan said “the blogging helped A LOT with this essay!”

Here are their alternative-title suggestions:

  • Drunken Baboons
  • Corruption of Corruption
  • In the Service of Liars and Killers
  • The Great Letdown
  • The Mask of America

Scott Fitzgerald had his own working titles, one of which was Under the Red, White, and Blue. My students preferred Drink Responsibly from this site.

Based on analysis of songs during the Jazz Age (Irving Berlin, Josephine Baker, Walter Pidgeon), their next task involves undertaking role play:

Argue a 1920s case either for or against one of the following:

flappers; prohibition; sex outside marriage; women in the labour force; the American Dream; fundamentalism; Reds; bobbed hair; the Lost Generation; bootleggers; patriarchy. Please adopt a persona to present!

Criteria                                                 Excellent                                       Limited

Preparation- planning/notes, palm cards-draft work reviewed to final copy
Content– analysis of selected songs (journal documentation)-use a range of persuasive techniques to position your audience-confident delivery of speech
Peer comments (separate sheet) & Self evaluation(below)
Student reflection on task:  I think the strengths of this assignment are

The main difficulties I had with this assignment were

I discovered that speeches are

Class work last week involved collaborating to devise a mock-trailer: Jordan cheats at golf screamed one banner headline; Death and destruction read another, while Josh and Jacob enacted running Myrtle down in an automobile. Another activity to explore characterisation involved devising Fakebook sites which we’ve pinned in draft form on a notice board in our room.

Novel clues, signposts and threads accumulate.

And today Brandon <musician> left a message on Edmodo showing he liked the opportunity to review our thinking processes from home; “Blue Skies” was his chosen re-imagined theme tune.

Can’t wait to see their presentations!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2012 7:18 pm

    LOVE it 😉

    Every school should encourage this type of “thunking” 😉


  2. September 16, 2012 7:25 pm

    Thanks, Tony.
    I’m loving their process as much as I love trawling for resources and fresh ways in.
    Have an inspired week in your node.

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