Use cooperative learning and inquiry to engage your students in their reading of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This lesson also improves their comprehension with a close reading of the car accident that killed Myrtle Wilson. In this activity, students assume roles (CSI Unit Worker, Medical Examiner, Police Officer, Witness, Prosecutor, and Newspaper Reporter) as they reread and review text evidence for the accident. After summarizing the accident evidence, students are also expected to read information about the laws for driving while impaired. Then they use critical thinking as they decide who should be charged with crimes and what charges should be filed, writing rationales for their decisions.
This activity makes reading fun, requires students to look closely at the text, and encourages them to use higher level thinking skills. The following handouts are included in the 10 page file:
-graphic organizers for each role
-sample responses for several roles
Are you teaching To Kill a Mockingbird? Here is another close reading scenario activity:
Close Reading To Kill a Mockingbird
Would you be interested in other activities for close reading? You can find some that may interest you here:
Poetry Bell Ringers 1
Discussion Tools for Any Text
A Raisin in the Sun & Mother to Son
Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman
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