One of the shifts in the Common Core State Standards is the focus on informational texts. As English teachers, many of us tend to overlook rich non-fiction that exists because fiction is such an important mainstay of our field. This lesson specifically focuses on the informational text standards, but it ties in with a beloved classic of literature, The Great Gatsby.
This lesson asks students to question the idea of the American dream and read contemporary news and magazine articles on the topic. The ideas from the non-fiction articles can segue into discussions about The Great Gatsby, or the lesson can stand alone.
- The American Dream Lesson Plan
- A List of Rich Non-Fiction Articles on The American Dream
- A Non-Fiction Informational Text Worksheet that can be applied to any number of non-fictional texts
- American Dream PowerPoint and Lecture
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This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Great Gatsby Unit Bundle (click here)
In the unit bundle, you will receive:
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization and narrator credibility
- A lesson, PowerPoint, worksheet, and "Teacher's Key" on setting analysis centered on the first two chapters of the book
- A group work lesson focused on symbolism in The Great Gatsby (including a "Teacher's Key" for guidance)
- An entertaining social class game related to the Great Gatsby, complete with printables and PowerPoint reflection questions
- This non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the American dream
- A lesson and worksheet for students to compare the filmed versions of The Great Gatsby with the novel
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- Analysis questions on the sequence of events in the book, with a "Teacher's Key" that gives insight into the answers to the questions
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support
- A research-based persuasive essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support