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Anna Yonkers

Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology


10th grade
English
Lesson #67

Yolo and The Great Gatsby: Whats Their Philosophy?


Materials needed:

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Chromebooks
youtube clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLep6H6_kE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Otla5157c
Paper
pencil

Common Core State Standards:


RI6-12,7: Integrate information presented in different media formats as well as in words
to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
RL6,10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature including stories,
dramas, and poems.
W6,8: Use technology, including the internet to produce and publish writing as well as to
interact and collaborate with others: demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding
skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Objectives:
1. Students will be able to write without stopping for ten minutes.
2. Students will be able to communicate the connection between our culture and the
culture in the book.
3. Students will be able to extract quotes from the text to justify a claim.

Activities:
(12) Journal: Make a bucket list and explain why you want to do each of the
things on that list. Students have ten minutes to write in their journals using
blogger. Students are required to write at least twelve lines to receive full credit.

Use the time while students are writing to create the lesson in Infinite Campus
and take attendance.
(5) Share: have students share some of the things on their bucket lists. As they
are talking about the things they want to do in life, bring up the idea of YOLO
and Carpe Diem. Is having goals the same as living with a YOLO mentality?
(15) Go over questions for chapter one together with the students and remind
them that they are due tomorrow.
Chapter 1:
1. Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope or dream. Why does he do this?
2. Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice "Whenever you feel like criticizing
anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that
you've had." List Nick's advantages.
3. Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy's house?
4. Describe Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him?
What kind of a narrator do you think he will be?
5. What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean?
6. How does Nick react to Jordan?
7. What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character?
Quote: Write down a quote, the page, and why it is important to this chapter.

(10) Book talk: read pages 28-31 of the book. This completes the end of the party
scene in the apartment. Ask for students reaction to this scene in general. Are
they surprised at it?
(5): Show movie of the party scenes from The Great Gatsby:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLep6H6_kE
(5): Show Lonely Islands YOLO music video on youtube. How is this different
from the philosophy we think about?(5) Show youtube clip of party scenes from
The Great Gatsby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLep6H6_kE
(5): Have the students do a quick write comparing and contrasting the two
different YOLO philosophies: the one that we have in our modern culture, and the
one that is represented in the Lonely Island video. Which philosophy do the
people in the book seem to adhere to?
(5): Homework and clean up: Review for the quiz tomorrow and fill out the
questions for chapter one which is sent to your email. Please clean up your area
before you leave this classroom.
Adaptations:

The teacher is always available to answer questions and assist all students whenever
possible. Students with an IEP are given extended times to complete assignments such
as free writes and have a lessened requirements for the journals. Videos are used in
this lesson to reinforce what we are reading in class. The teacher is available to work
with students after class if students need any help. One of my students has hearing
problems, and I wear a mic so that she can hear what is said during class. A classroom
aid is available to work in small groups with students who need extra help with the work
we do in class.
Assessment:
Assessment takes many forms in this lesson. The students are assessed based on their
journals, participation in classroom discussions, observations made by the teacher, and
the quick-write given at the end of the lesson.