Kayla Hayes
English I & III
Courses Taught: English I and English III

This is your FINAL week of work for your JUNIOR year of high school. I bet you wouldn't have guessed in a million years that it would end this way! I hate that I did not get to see all of your faces and wish you the best future possible! I hope that you have tried to make the best of your time in quarantine with your family by perhaps learning a new hobby, reading a good book or just relaxing. The current books I am reading include Little Fires Everywhere (I am determined to read the book first before watching the series on Hulu) and Where the Crawdads Sing; we would have ended the year reading In Cold Blood or The Glass Castle if you'd like to read either of those this summer. When you see me in the hallway next year on your way to SENIOR English, be sure to stop by and say hello! Oh, and if you would like to donate your copy of The Great Gatsby to my classroom library, I will gladly take it.

Monday, May 4 Read Chapters 8-9

Tuesday, May 5 Ch 8 Write an obituary, eulogy, or elegy for Gatsby.

Wednesday, May 6 Create a blame pie chart stating who else you think is responsible other than obviously Mr. Wilson.

Thursday, May 7 (OPTIONAL) Watch The Great Gatsby 2013 version with Leonardo DiCaprio, it is available on Amazon Prime to rent for $3.99 or buy for $14.99

Friday, May 8 (OPTIONAL and Extra Credit**) Complete the novel vs film comparison charts. _______________________________________________________________

Monday, April 20 Read Chapters 5-6

Tuesday, April 21 Ch 5 Questions 1-7

Wednesday, April 22 Ch 5 Symbolism

Thursday, April 23 Ch 6 #1,3,6-8

Friday, April 24 Ch 6 Figurative Language



Monday, April 27 Read Chapter 7

Tuesday, April 28 Read Chapter 7

Wednesday, April 29 Ch 7 Questions 1,2,4,7,9,10

Thursday, April 30 Gatsby's Downfall: True Love on the Rocks *must use text evidence*

Friday, May 1 Begin reading Ch 8



Monday, April 13th Read Chapters 3 and 4

Tuesday, April 14th Watch YouTube video on Great Gatsby https://youtu.be/MpycYtrW1RA

Words to define for the quiz on Friday: gaudy, benediction, permeate, abstraction, innuendo, proprietor, vehemently, punctilious, sauntered, sporadic, ascertain, lurched

Wednesday, April 15th Chapter 3 Questions 1,3,6,7,11

Thursday, April 16th Chapter 4 Questions 1,5,6,7,9,10,12,13

Friday, April 17th Chapter 3-4 Quiz (open book)


*All documents necessary will be loaded at the bottom of my webpage. Remember that I need responses in your own words, NOT those of someone who you think is smarter than you. Do the BEST that you can! HONESTY is a great quality to possess and will get you much farther in life than lying and cheating.* All of your work will be submitted using TURN IT IN.

Monday, April 6th

Continue reading The Great Gatsby and watch the following YouTube video as a crash course about the novel: http://youtu.be/xw9Au9OoN88 If you do not have the novel at home, remember you can search "free pdf The Great Gatsby" and find a copy online to read. I also sent a link through Remind two weeks ago. 

Tuesday, April 7th

Read and answer questions on the article titled "The Jazz Age".

**Remember to label ALL assignments with your full name, date, block, and assignment so that it can easily be graded.If you are having an issue using Turn It In, please let me know and I will see what I can do to help.**

Wednesday, April 8th

Answer comprehension questions for Chapter 1. You only have to answer numbers 1,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12. Answer in complete sentences in a way that I know what the question was asking. Example: The story is being told in __ point of view and the tense is ___.

Thursday, April 9th

Answer comprehension questions for Chapter 2. You only have to answer numbers 1,2,3,5,6,8,10.

Friday, April 10th

Take Chapter 1-2 Quiz. You may use the book and your notes to help you answer the open ended questions. 


Wednesday, April 1st

Many of you discussed on Monday how you want your own daughters to not be foolish like Daisy is hoping for her daughter so that she can avoid heartache. Imagine that Daisy did stand up to her husband regarding the affair, and she had no other prospects lined up for herself. Discuss how a separation or divorce would work in the 1920’s and if you have changed your mind about how Daisy should react to her husband’s affair. You will likely need to do a little research about how divorce worked at that time.

Thursday, April 2nd

Redemption time! I know many of you felt unprepared for the Ch 1-2 quiz on The Great Gatsby because the grades were not up to par (even though it was on your calendar). Here is the list of vocab words I would like for you to define and create a sentence with each word. If the definition you find does not make sense to you, then you need to rewrite it in your own terms so that it does make sense. 1. inclined 2. privy 3. levity 4. incredulously 5. contemptuously 6. intimation 7. desolate 8. impenetrable 9. sumptuous 10. indeterminate 11. apathetically 12. incessant

Friday, April 3rd

During the 1920’s jazz and blues music were popular throughout the country. Listen to some examples of this type of music on YouTube or another music site. Now write a song or poem from the perspective from a character in the novel.

Monday, March 30th

Chapter 1: What does Daisy’s statement, “I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool,” reveal about the way she views her own life? What does this tell the reader about what Daisy knows regarding her husband? Thinking ahead to the future, would you wish for your daughter to hope for the same thing or not? Explain why or why not. There are multiple parts to today's assignment, make sure to answer them all. 

Tuesday, March 31st

Chapter 2: The story is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, who is from Minnesota and has traveled to the East (New York) to achieve his American Dream. How does this point of view affect the story? How would the story be different if it were told from Daisy or Tom’s perspective?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Make sure you have signed up for Turn It In. We did this back in January. This is where I need you to post your responses to the assignments this week. Here are the codes if needed.

1st block = hayesfirst (enrollment key) 23425479 (class i.d.)

2nd block = hayessecond (enrollment key) 23425499 (class i.d.)

3rd block = hayesthird (enrollment key) 23425543 (class i.d.)

I also need you to create an account and download the ZOOM app if you have not already done so. We may have a class meeting sometime this week regarding your work. There will be a code I will send out and a specific time for the meeting to take place.


You will need to create a well-organized response to the following prompt: State whether or not your own life reflects the Five Tenants of Transcendentalism: Nonconformity, Self-Reliance, Importance of Nature, Favoring Intuition over Reason, and a Simplified Life. Those of you who completed your project will find this easier than others. You need to use examples from your life as well as think back to the texts read in class that were written by Emerson and Thoreau. You will submit this on Turn It In.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Create a journal entry stating your thoughts, emotions, and personal experiences with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This can be as long as you would like for it to be. Some of you may have lots of things to get off your chest at this time, and I want this to act as an outlet for you to express whatever valid feelings you may have. I am requiring that you imbed at least two compound sentences underlined, two complex sentences italicized, and two compound-complex sentences bolded. My suggestion would be to write, write, write, then go back when you are finished and add in any subordinating or coordinating conjunctions and commas to create these specific sentences. I look forward to reading these entries. You will submit this on Turn It In.

Friday, March 27, 2020

You all began reading The Great Gatsby before Spring Break. On my original calendar, I suggested that you finish the book over the break, and I want to thank all of you who have done so already. The novel was published in the year 1925 in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties”. I want you to write as if the novel takes place just five years into the future in 1930. You may need to do a little research on the events that take place in the twenties and early thirties. With your knowledge of Jay Gatsby’s career and his affections for Daisy Buchanan, write how this novel would be drastically different. You will submit this on Turn It In. Please email me or send me a remind message if you have questions about any of this week’s assignments.

I have decided to start a teaching blog in the midst of this chaotic and unknown time in our lives. If you would like to check it out go to hayeshystericsfromhome.blogspot.com

I encourage all of my students to journal while at home. These dates will go down in History books for your great grandchildren to read about and what a treat it would be to share your documentation with them one day.


I am a graduate of The University of Memphis. Go Tigers! I am a wife and mother to two beautiful children, Harrison and Reagan. Harrison is almost five years old and Reagan was born in January of this year. I have a chocolate lab named Presley and a grey tabby named Chase.

I have been on maternity leave for several weeks, and I appreciate your patience in my absence. I have looked at the paperwork left by the substitute and am overall impressed with the work that was put forth with Transcendentalism and The Great Gatsby.

I hope that you all are staying safe at home while we are on this extended break. When we do get back to school, I look forward to working on research papers with you all. 


Please check this page as well as my Remind for any updates regarding daily lessons starting Wednesday, March 25th. 

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