Honors 11: Gatsby Ch. 1 Characterization + Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale”

First hour, thanks for your patience today! Traffic is the worst :(. We began the morning discussing the NY geography (thanks, Mr. Duffy!), so you could picture the setting, fictionally based off of NY’s set up with Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, (the burrows) etc. Afterwards, you were given these questions to work on for Ch. 1. We discussed Nick and the rest of the characters to which we have been introduced.

Then, I gave you your homework. You are to read and annotate this John Keats’ poem titled “Ode to a Nightingale.” Keats was Fitzgerald’s favorite poet. In the opening chapter of Gatsby, there is a nightingale in the yard singing, in the “very romantic outdoors.” Please annotate as to your own general analysis but then also in conjunction/connection with the text specifically. You may use two different color inks. No response is required tonight. I changed the calendar.

OPTIONAL: Take a look at these two pieces. One is about a flapper named Edith Cummings, a socially elite golfer. Sound familiar? The other is about the concept of new money/appearances. Take a read.


About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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