March 2013 Do Nows

American Literature
3/4 Do Now
 Symbols are a big part of The Great Gatsby. Each
character and place is symbolic of America in the 1920s
especially in reference to the American Dream. Write
about one of the characters from the novel and how they
they could be a symbol.
 Tom and Daisy
 Jordan
 Myrtle and Wilson
 Pg. 38
3/5 Do Now
 Open journaling. Write about whatever you want.
School appropriate.
 Pg.40
3/6 Do Now
 While in the library at Gatsby’s party the owl-eyed
man is surprised to find the books are real and not just
cardboard fakes. What symbolic meaning could this
reference have about society in the 1920s? How much
do young people value books and knowledge today?
What distracts young people today from more
meaningful pursuits?
 Pg. 40
3/7 Do Now
 How is Nick an outsider in the novel? How is Gatsby?
Give examples from chapter four to support your
 Pg. 42
3/8 Do Now
 How do you feel about the characters that you have
met in The Great Gatsby so far? Do any of the
characters remind you of anybody you know? How
have the female characters been portrayed so far?
 Pg.42
3/11 Do Now
 What would you do in Nick’s situation? Would you
help Gatsby? Why or why not? How could your
helping him cause problems or be a blessing?
 Pg.44
3/13 Do Now
 Extended Do Now (125 word +)
 Write about a dream (hope) you have/had that
clouded you vision of the present and kept you from
staying focused. Think about how Gatsby’s dream of
being with Daisy has clouded his vision—this might
help your relate.
 Pg.44
3/14 Do Now
“We should not write so that it is possible for the reader
to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to
misunderstand us.”
Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus), rhetorician (c.
 Pg. 46
3/15 Do Now
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how
little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world
around us.” –Socrates
The idea of a Socratic seminar comes from the teachings
of Socrates who believed lively discussion was the way to
deeper understanding. What do you think of his saying
Pg. 46
3/18 Do Now
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you’d have preferred to talk” –Doug Larson
(newspaper columnist and editor).
Respond to the quote, then take some time to think
about your own listening skills as you prepare to
participate in today’s Socratic Seminar.
Pg. 48
 What do you think will happen next in the novel?
Make a prediction about chapter 7.
 Pg. 50
2/25 Do Now