Distance Learning The Great Gatsby: Mentor Sentences Grammar and Language

Grade Levels
8th - 12th
Formats Included
  • PDF
32 pages
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The Great Gatsby has powerful language, perfect for mentor sentences! These activities and discussion ideas will get students talking about grammar and language while reading literature. Students will see how Fitzgerald purposefully chose language and conventions and will see the impact those choices have on his message.

You can meet language standards (and research suggests you should!) while teaching literature. You can incorporate language, grammar, and vocabulary studies while teaching The Great Gatsby. You will receive a PDF and digital version. The answer key is editable.

You can use this product to choose sentences that you and your students want to study, or you can use the product with pre-chosen sentences.

I have provided 45 sentences (5 from each chapter) for students to analyze. With guides and detailed teacher sheets, you can discuss sentences by:

☆ The type of sentence (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex).

☆ Punctuation used (semicolons, colons, ellipses, dashes.

☆ Phrases/ clauses used.

☆ Nuances, word choice, modifier choice, structure, and more.

☆ Figurative language.

Ten vocabulary words are included. Explanation sheets with the above concepts (punctuation, nuances, parallel structure) are provided for students.

An opening discussion page requires students to consider what language they use, and how that influences their messages. A closing sheet asks them to reflect on Fitzgerald's language. Mentor sentences from The Great Gatsby help meet language standards.

This product was updated May 2020.

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


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