The Great Gatsby COMPLETE UNIT
I love teaching The Great Gatsby! My students always have a tremendous response to this novel. Much of their enthusiasm, I believe, is sparked by their capacity to follow the plot, their attraction to or repulsion toward the characters, and their ignited imaginations sparked by the imagery. They especially love the discussion of color symbolism. The Great Gatsby is a tale of the American Dream, and though the dream has changed since 1922, readers can still relate to the longing to be successful, to be happy in love, and to be great!
These are my very best resources for The Great Gatsby. All have been student-tested and approved over 31 years!
I use Word 2016 and PowerPoint, so all resources are editable, customizable for your class!
Purchased individually in my store, $86; this bundle is offered to you for $50.
• A PowerPoint Presentation introducing the Roaring Twenties -37 slides with beautiful, engaging graphics, and embedded videos.
• The presentation covers everything from art to crime to entertainment to the stock market.
• There is an accompanying worksheet for students for follow along. (Individually listed in my store at $10):
The Roaring 20's Presentation
Pre-Reading Activity- Students read and comment on accomplished writers’ sentiments about The Great Gatsby. ($3)
Included in this bundle are individual chapter activities, all including comprehension and analysis tasks, some including graphic organizers, most including or requiring quotes from the text. Clear format and relevant graphics.
Each with an identical detailed key. ($25)
• Chapter 1- 4 pages- 51 questions-close reading
• Chapter 2- 3 pages- 17 questions-charts and quotes
• Chapter 3- 6 pages- 18 questions-graphic organizers (my best seller on tpt)
• Chapter 4- 4 pages- 6 tasks in charts and graphic organizers
• Chapter 5- 2 pages- 17 questions
• Chapter 6- 5pages- 29 questions
• Chapter 7- 5 pages- 37 questions
• Chapter 8- 5 pages- 35 questions
• Chapter 9- 6 pages- 30 questions
You might consider purchasing only the chapter activities; if so, click below:
Gatsby Individual Chapter Activities Bundle
There is so much in the novel to encourage students’ creativity and allow for differentiation: ($9 Creative Activities)
• Chapter 5- A Peek in the Window—Students write the scene and dialogue for Daisy’s and Jay’s reunion.
• Chapter 6- Annotation Activity for the section of the chapter that illustrates Gatsby’s decision to devote himself to Daisy. This is a challenging excerpt and this activity encourages students’ critical thinking.
• Cell Phone Activity- Students determine the apps that they’d find on a character’s phone. Students love their phones. This activity inspires cleverness and a unique perspective on characterization.
• Found Poem-This activity is a fabulous way for students to realize the beauty of Fitzgerald’s diction and imagery. Students create their own poetry using lines and excerpts from the novel. A fun time!
Detailed Exploration of Color Symbolism (Differentiated Activities): ($14)
• Color Symbolism Activity-8 pages of color symbolism discussion, examples, and questions.
• Color Symbolism PowerPoint-Beautiful images to portray color symbolism in and out of the novel. Corresponds with the Color Symbolism Activity above.
Have a look at the beautiful presentation preview:
Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Slides
• Color Symbolism- Step-by-Step Essay Activity with sample thesis, quotes, and analysis. After the other activities, this is a great way to evaluate students’ understanding. My kids always do very well with this essay and feel confident and proud of their writing.
Critical Essays- Students read and respond to questions about two critical essays. ($3)
Evaluations or Discussion Guides- Key quotes extracted from the chapters for students to analyze. ($6)
• Chapters 1-4- 11 quotes with questions
• Chapters 5-9- 16 quotes with questions
Comprehensive Multiple-Choice Test-
• I use this tool to evaluate students’ understanding of the novel and to prepare them for objective state tests.
• 110 Multiple Choice test (with key, of course). ($7)
Chapters 1-4- 3 prompts: Students choice to write about Nick’s credibility as the narrator, color symbolism in the first chapters, or Fitzgerald’s depiction of the Roaring 20’s. ($2)
Final Essay Prompt-($2)
Students create thesis statement based on a quote with examples and quotes to consider. For example,
Imagine that you’ve chosen this quote:
“Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” (35).
Nick Carraway is an unreliable narrator who simultaneously rejects and accepts the decadent behaviors of those around him. Because he vacillates between condemnation and glorification of the debauchery of the Roaring 20’s, he does not provide an objective view and leaves the reader with a disputable tribute to Jay Gatsby.
Finally, included in this bundle is a PowerPoint Presentation about the concept of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby. There are 26 slides with discussion of the concept throughout the novel including quotes. In the end, there is an embedded video discussing The American Dream in our society. ($5)
I’m excited to offer this collection of resources for your consideration. To see each product individually with more detailed descriptions and previews, please visit my Gatsby store.
Please click here to visit my Gatsby Store
Please contact me if you have any questions:
Questions for Lori
A good day, Old Sport!