Gatsby Reading for Wednesday 11/7

Chapters 6 &7

I would like to discuss several of the major themes of the book using the topics below. What do you consider the most important theme? and why? Do you think these themes would have resonated with the readers when the book was first published? Is the topic still relevant today? If so, why? If not, why not?

Alienation, Friendship, Identity and The American Dream

High School Writing Conference at MSU

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 3RD ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL WRITING CONFERENCEMAKE YOUR STATEMENT. WRITE YOUR STORY. The 3rdannual Writing Conference for grades 9-12 will be Friday, December 7, in Glass Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Check-in is 8:15 – 8:45; conference ends at 2:15. $50 fee includes a notebook, souvenir bag, and lunch in an on-campus cafeteria. Students will spend an hour in the opening session with mystery writer Nancy Allen as well as participate in two interactive writing workshops led by MSU professors and Ozark Writing Project teacher consultants. Complete information regarding registration, session selection, and payment can be found at Deadline for registration is November 21.

Every Day or so Writing

Your prompt for today is a short film named “solipsist“.

It’s weird and beautiful and disturbing and interesting.  You can react to it in writing in any way you want to.  You could create a story for it, you could discuss film techniques, you could write about how it makes you feel.  What is its point? What are the producers trying to convey?  Does this type of art have use? For who? why or why not?  

FYI: Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological (relating to the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope and the distinction between justified belief and opinion) position, solipsism holds the knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.

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