As we return from Winter break, we dig into major American fiction of the 20th century. This is the “American Novel” unit. Each book is relatively modern (as opposed to archaic) and absolutely readable.
There are ten titles in all. You as an individual will be responsible for reading three. Please avoid books you have previously read. Here is the list:
The Catcher in the Ryeby J.D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*****Duties and responsibilities*****
#1) Go to the http://www.goodreads.com website (you can click here to access it). You will want to bookmark it immediately. You will see a group called “HIS American literature – Winter Novels” . You will need to join this group. First you must create an account for yourself, using your normal name that classmates and teachers can recognize. Sign up now and return to the rest of this post after you’ve signed up.
O.K., you will be contributing three reviews to this public board, one for each book you read. They will be thoughtful, complete and clear examinations of the books, and your supported opinions about them. They are a personal reviews, so you may use “I”. They will be clear and well written, the writing rubric applies. There is a word minimum for a review: Developing – 350 words min. Standard – 550 words min. Honors/AP – 750 words min.
#2) You are also responsible for commenting on the reviews of your classmates, or of strangers who have reviewed the books you have read. Five comments (min.) are required. You will enjoy this. The boards are VERY busy!
#3) Craft an ultimate essay in which you discuss the struggle of the individual in an unsure world, basing your writing on the three novels you have read. Writing rubric applies. Keep your notebook/journal for brainstorming and planning. Let’s call this the “Individual struggle” essay.
SCHEDULE. There is no prize for finishing early, so pace yourself. Each novel is budgeted for two weeks. Although there will be some in-class reading time, it is inevitable that you will read as homework/outside of class. Please avoid trying to get it all out of the way in the first week (If you’re that awesome, then you obviously have time for more, right?) Goodreads notifies me whenever a group member submits a review or comments on another review.
Here’s a kid rambling about Slaughterhouse 5 :
Here’s Tim O’Brien talking about The Things They Carried.
- First novel: finished and reviewed between 1/22 and 1/25.
- Second novel finished and reviewed between 2/5 and 2/8
- Third novel finished and reviewed between 2/19 and 2/22
- Rough draft share/peer review happens last week of February
- Final will be due first week of March.
- Goodread comments (not reviews) are perpetual and you can comment forever about anything, but your core five must be done by the first week of March
last group of winter novel words.
SCHEDULE UNTIL BREAK:
A day presents on 3/17. Test is 3/19 B day presents on 3/16. Test is 3/18
[incorporation – incorporate ] [astonish – astonishing – astonishment ] [disparage – disparaging ] [astonish – astonishment] [wane – waning] [grandiose grandeur] [arboreal – arboretum] [flourish – flourishing] [mesmerize – mesmerism – mesmeric] [nostalgia – nostalgic] dispel rogue (n and adj)
to “get your foot in the door”
to be “all bark and no bite”
to “ride shotgun”
to “wag the dog”
“the icing on the cake”
to be a “southpaw”
facilitate, debase, zeitgeist, wanton, influx, heinous, fiscal, fathom (v and n)
“long in the tooth”
“a loose cannon”
“a new york minute”