This lesson is designed to encourage students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s tone.
Tone is often overlooked when students undertake a rhetorical analysis. This lesson asks students to perform a close read of chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, annotate the first ten paragraphs and then write an essay that examines how Fitzgerald uses tone and other rhetorical devices to achieve his purpose.
Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
Included in the packet: the complete lesson, essential questions, Common Core Standards, links to resources and an AP style rubric, two student sample essays with commentary, the prompt and the original text.
Key words: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Modernism, The Great Gatsby, AP Language, tone analysis, imagery, the Gilded Age, seminal American text, argument