The Great Gatsby

Considered one of the greatest American novels, The Great Gatsby is about love, jealousy, wealth and the fallacy of the “American Dream.” AS we read through this book we will be doing a number of in-class activities both individually and as a group.

Here are week one’s assignments:

  • vocab: know your words
  • Ch 1-3 discussion topics: group and individual work
  • Creative Writing Character Introduction

The Next Adventure

The second unit in the course is about Being Present in and Age of Distraction and it focuses on our relationship with technology and specifically social media. We begin with an analysis of our own phone use and then examine the affects of smartphones on our culture at large.

This week we will begin some non-fiction reading and a one-paragraph article review on the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation.” (attached below)

Our literary text involves a show that examines what our world would be like if social media popularity was used as currency and the anxiety created by the supposed “digital age.” We will try our hand at some poetic creative writing as our main project for the week.


English 12 – The Beginning

Welcome to the final English course of your high school career. The goal here is to provide you with an outline of what we’ve done and important info in case you missed anything.

Our first unit is on the idea of the story and how important stories are to our own fulfillment in life. Our main text is the movie Stranger Than Fiction where we examine the life of Harold Crick. I’ll attach the movie study doc below in case you can’t find yours.