Even though it sold few copies during F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime, The Great Gatsby is regarded as the best American novel, selling millions of copies each year. These lessons focus on Jay Gatsby as a tragic figure who causes others to suffer.
There are several links to videos, interviews, and resources for understanding the character of Jay Gatsby as a tragic figure who causes others to suffer. Also included in the resource is a TED Talk on money making people meaner. There are an article from The New York Times on immigrant students aspiring to the green light in The Great Gatsby. There is also a link to a Fresh Air interview with Maureen Corrigan on The Great Gatsby that will help students find ideas about Jay Gatsby as a tragic figure for their essay assessment.
The lesson features a link to the 2003 AP English Literature and Composition prompt with a “9” scored essay sample on Gatsby as a tragic figure who causes others to suffer. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, The American Dream, greed, theme