December 21

Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet, dies

December 21, 1375

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  • The Path of the Black Death
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    The Path of the Black Death

    The Black Death cut a path—both literal and figurative—through the middle of the 14th century. In this lesson, students analyze maps, firsthand accounts, and archival documents to trace the path and aftermath of the Black Death.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer, dies

December 21, 1940

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  • The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

    In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, "class struggle" is portrayed as an intensely personal affair, as much a tension within the mind of a single character as a conflict between characters. Students' own experience of the struggle to belong can provide a starting point for an exploration of the mixed emotions--jealousy, admiration, desire, resentment--that characterize main character Nick Caraway's attitude towards the "secret society" of wealthy Easterners. Other lesson activities also include a close study of the text and an examination of Fitzgerald's letters and other statements.