All of my lessons incorporate the four C’s of teaching: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking. These four elements are at the core of the Common Core Standards. You will find all of these elements in this lesson, from having the students work with a partner or in groups, to students sharing aloud, to creating a chart of the evidence in the novel,, to thinking critically about the meaning of color and the various colors applied to the characters in the novel.
In order to bring complete understanding of The Great Gatsby and the references to color to students, it is important for them to recognize both the meaning of colors, the emotional connotations of color and the various references to color in the entire novel. This lesson provides and outline for students to work in groups and discuss the meaning of the various colors in the novel. A general knowledge of colors and their meanings is important. The main points for this are listed in the lesson. This discussion can occur at the beginning of the lesson or after step 1 of the lesson outline.
Common Core Standards Covered in this Lesson
This lesson plan includes:
Color Imagery Assignment Outline – Student Handout or projection for board – journal entry, color associations, character and color associations, color chart.
Duration of lesson: 1-2 hours
Grade Level: High School (used with 11th grade)