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Fellow American Literature teachers, having taught this book for over 30 years, I have noticed a real change in the way teenagers see the title character. Decades ago, students understood Gatsby’s “romantic readiness,” as Nick calls it, as Fitzgerald intended: extreme and unrealistic, perhaps, but pure. More and more in recent years, the kids are … Continue reading Gatsby: romantic or stalker?
I’ve been in the teaching game for 37 years and have enjoyed a rewarding and exciting career in the drama and English classrooms. This year I have the rare opportunity of pursuing many interests during a full-year sabbatical from the classroom. Among many activities, such a traveling to Africa and South America, such volunteering in … Continue reading Scuffling into the 21st Century
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