I use this activity early in the unit to help students unpack the early descriptions of the main characters in the novel. I typically do this as a STATIONS activity, with 4 different stations: Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Jordan. Each student gets the Characterization Packet (pages 1-7 in this attachment) and has to rotate through the 4 stations to look at evidence slips at each station. I always print the different characters' evidence slips on different colors (subtly symbolic colors, too: i.e. Daisy's lines I print on green paper) and I laminate the slips of paper so students can share them without damaging them. They need to read the various lines at each station and pull as much characterization evidence as possible from the lines, recording their notes on their packets.
Two things to note:
1.) I always use STEAL (speech, thoughts, emotions, actions, looks) as my method of helping students gather information about characterization. I strongly recommend using the "CHARACTER PORTRAIT TEMPLATE" handout that I've posted in TpT to help scaffold and reinforce an understanding of characterization.
2.) My students continue to add to this packet as we meet Gatsby and the Wilsons, as well as when we learn more information about Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Jordan. This packet serves as a valuable reference throughout the unit.