Escape Room Break Out Box Game, The Great Gatsby (Movie or Novel)

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Internet Activities
Video tutorial and 35 pages
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Get ready to dive into an exciting escape-room style adventure with this break-out game designed to review narrative elements in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby with secondary students! From the most reluctant learner to the most advanced, all of your students will be 100% engaged in solving the clues in this interactive lock box game for reviewing fiction. Plus, you'll be on the cutting edge with this educational teaching trend that will be exciting and purposeful in classrooms for years to come!

Student Experience: In this escape game with a flexible three-ways-to-play format, students must work to solve the clues in order to buy Gatsby more time before his dreams are lost forever. Students will review include plot, characterization, key quotes, info text reading, irony, and symbolism.


-3 Ways to play (The game can be conducted with a prepackaged box that you've bought or made, with the digital Google form provided, or with teacher-led answer checking. There's nothing else for you to do. Just choose the method that works best for you and play! I've provided it all!)

-Video tutorial for teacher prep

-One stop, press print and go clue set for students (The clues are interactive, challenging, and fun. Distractions are included to enhance the difficulty level! One clue has a paired informational text. Choices for an optional ending!)

-Green "Light Bulb Moment" Hint Cards

-Intro slides to set up scenario for students

-Lesson plan, editable


-Follow up questions for debrief, editable

-Follow up argumentative prompt, editable

Your students will love the exciting, modern game-like format. You will love that your students are actually enjoying reviewing the elements of fiction. Your admin will love to see that you're engaging all learners with higher order critical thinking and problem solving. My students were bubbling with excitement and energy the entire period! Are you ready to UNLOCK THE FUN?!?!

*Requirements for the game no matter which way you play: Smart devices with QR scanners and Internet access. Access to

*Optional no matter which way you play: UV pen with UV flashlight. (Can be purchased online for around $10.)

*Physical Lock Box: 5-digit letter lock, 4-digit number lock, 3-digit number lock, 5-digit directional lock, key lock, hasp, box

*Some assembly and set up required for some clues.

*Suggested time may vary based on class.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "Julie's escape boxes are awesome! It does take a little time to set up and get ready for your class, but I cannot imagine the time it took her to make the clues etc! My students absolutely love this activity. (We have 45 minute classes, so sometimes it has to carry over to the next day. Wish I could keep them longer on Escape Box days!)"

♥ "This seller seeks to create innovative lessons that truly engage learners. I have personally reached out, and she responds with great empathy. This resource is great, and the seller highly recommended!"

^^Using a physical lock box might make you a little apprehensive. No worries. Take a quick glance at my free video tutorial. Click Here.

Related Gatsby Resources:

Gatsby Movie Viewing Guide

Coloring by Number Pages

Plus, check out my other lock box, escape-style games, too!

MLA Escape Box

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Escape Box

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Escape Box

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Box

New Year's Escape Game

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Updated 11/20/2018

Total Pages
Video tutorial and 35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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