"... the greatest single fact about our modern American writing is our writers' absorption in every last detail of their American world together with their deep and subtle alienation from it." - Alfred Kazin, On Native Grounds, 1942

fitz.jpgAmerican Literature in the 20th century is some of the most magnificent work in literary history. The works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein continue to influence the cirriculums of secondary education today. F. Scott Fitzgerald created his own legends. His life frequently overshadows his work as he has become an archetypal figure over a cluster of overlapping archetypes: the drunken writer, the ruined novelist, the spoiled genius, the personification of the Jazz Age, the sacrificial victim of the Depression. These images were largely his own fault because he dramatized his success and failure. Loving attention, he embraced his symbolic roles. The glamour, the triumph, the euphoria, the heartbreak, and the tragedy of his life were genuine; but the most important thing is what he wrote. Everything else matters only to the extent that it explicates his work or clarifies his career. But it is impossible to dissociate a great writer from his work, and Fitzgerald was one of the most personal authors. In this unit students will investigate the author, selected works and his life.

There is a quote at the top of the page for each day. Before we begin with the lesson, I want you to reflect on the quote in a 5-7 minute free-write.

Day One - An Intoduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Day Two - History and Selected Fitzgerlad Literature
Day Three - With News and Reviews from the Archieves of the New York Times
Day Four - Webquest
Day Five - Sara and Gerald Murphy; Living Well is the Best Revenge
Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A breif note on Standards of learningFlapper.jpg

11.3 The student will read and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.
a. Describe contributions of different cultures to the development of American literature.
b. Compare and contrast the development of American literature in its historical context.
c. Discuss American literature as it reflects traditional and contemporary themes, motifs, universal characters, and genres.
d. Describe how use of context and language structures conveys an author’s intent and viewpoint in contemporary and historical essays, speeches, and critical reviews.

11.4 The student will read and analyze a variety of informational materials.
a) Use information from texts to clarify or refine understanding of academic concepts.
b) Read and follow directions to complete an application for college admission, for a scholarship, or for employment.
c) Apply concepts and use vocabulary in informational and technical materials to complete a task. Generalize ideas from selections to make predictions

Cross SOL's

USII.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century bya) explaining how developments in transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and rural electrification changed American life;b) describing the social changes that took place, including prohibition, and the Great Migration north;c) examining art, literature, and music from the 1920s and 1930s, emphasizing Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Georgia O’Keeffe and including the Harlem Renaissance;d) Identifying the causes of the Great Depression, its impact on Americans, and the major features of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.