First published in book form in Tales of the Jazz Age in 1922.
"Tarquin of Cheapside"
This story was written in Fitzgerald's undergraduate days at Princeton. Considerably revised, it was published in the "Smart Set" in 1921. At the time of its conception Fitzgerald had wanted to be a poet, and was interested in the ring of every phrase.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “Tarquin of Cheapside”, contains a gimmick – but because of his writing style, it’s an eloquent gimmick. The story is a play on the narrative poem “The Rape of Lucrece” (1594) by William Shakespeare
In Part I, Soft Shoes (one person) is being pursued through the streets of London by Flowing Boots (more than one person). In Part 2, Wessel Caxter hides Soft Shoes from the pursuers while he is reading Edmund Spencer’s poem The Fairie Queene. Flowing Boots barges into Wessel’s apartment but doesn’t find Soft Shoes. During this scene, the reader gets an idea of why Flowing Boots is chasing Soft Shoes. It has something to do with the sister of one of Flowing Boots. Soft Shoes then spends the night at Wessel’s writing a poem about his adventure. It was at this point that one figures Soft Shoes was probably someone well-known. In Part 3, Wessel finds Soft Shoes’ poem and begins reading it. Soft Shoes’ identity is revealed through the beginning lines of his poem. (Wikipedia)
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered traditional (at least the author). The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
Link to the story:
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.