"The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is a novella by novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Included in Fitzgerald's 1922 short story collection Tales of the Jazz Age.
The story tells of young John Unger, who is invited to visit a classmate at his impossibly lavish home in Montana. Gradually, Unger learns the sinister origins of his host’s wealth and the frightening lengths to which he will go to preserve it.
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered traditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
Because the story is in the public domain in most of the world, I have included the story with the unit.
The materials provided
1 Copy of “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key