This doodle-notes style worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with the popular Crash Course Literature Season 1 Episode 5 Was Gatsby great? ‘The great Gatsby’ part 2 video on YouTube. The video covers how F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a compelling novel with characters that are unlikeable, varying viewpoints on whether Gatsby is great, commonalities with Romeo and Juliet, Gatsby’s motivations for acquiring wealth, the idea of restoring a ‘perfect’ past, and the horror of living a carefree life.
The printable worksheet/s encourage active listening and spur students to think deeply about how to read, understand and interpret the play. The episode runs for approximately 9 minutes, so the mini-lesson could run for between 20-40 minutes depending on the class.
Photos of completed worksheet/s and teacher notes are included before the worksheet/s. The notes contain a hyperlink to the video. Please note that some worksheet/s have more than one version to account for spelling differences between the USA and UK/Australia. Ensure you print the applicable worksheet. Teacher notes are written with American spelling.
How to use:
1. Introduce the concept of doodle notes (if your class is unfamiliar). Google (or visit the tpt store of) Math Giraffe for more information about the benefits of doodle notes.
2. Explain that you will be watching a short video about the text and that students are to use the worksheet to take notes. Explain that they are encouraged to write, highlight, draw, shade, and scribble while listening/watching.
3. After the video has played, use it as a starting point for discussion about the text and discuss what students have written as part of their notes.
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