Looking for multiple voices and perspectives to add to your thematic unit on The Great Gatsby?
While Fitzgerald’s views are nuanced and complex, it is essential that students explore other viewpoints—specifically those of people of color, women, and other marginalized groups. And so it’s crucial to supplement with poetry, film, and non-fiction when you teach Gatsby.
The supplementary texts included here include everything from a 3-day film on race and dreams in contemporary Chicago to a 2-minute silent film from the 1920s about cars and driving, from a powerful modern poem about love and lies to music and art from the roaring 20s. The writing prompts include 136 bellringer prompts, and 4 other writing assignments with scaffolding to ensure student success.
In all, there is enough here for over 4 full weeks
of engaging and thought-provoking lessons.
When you teach The Great Gatsby with these activities, you will:
get your students thinking about the important themes of the novel by grappling with rigorous texts
• improve your students’ writing fluency
with engaging freewrite prompts and essay prompts
• engage your classes with nuanced perspectives on complicated questions
• quickly plan your classes
with ready-to-go rigorous and engaging lesson plans for days when you need a break from the novel
• easily get your students discussing ideas that matter by utilizing the no-prep discussion prompts included here
• broaden your students’ world view
by incorporating multiple viewpoints and voices in your Gatsby
• offer counterpoint to discuss Fitzgerald’s treatment of the important themes of the novel
• complete your unit when you explore different genres with your classes
fulfill common core requirements and still have lots of fun with your classes
• see a noted improvement in your students close reading, critical thinking, and writing skills when they complete the proven lessons included in this resource
***The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together***
The Great Gatsby Writing Prompts | Essay, Creative Writing, & 136 Bellringers
(normally priced at $9.97)
The Great Gatsby Supplementary Texts: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Film | Questions
(normally priced at $21.85)
Fun Activities for The Great Gatsby | Classroom Activities | Differentiated
(normally priced at $4.97)
The Great Gatsby Prereading Activities: Creative Writing | Critical Thinking
(normally priced at $1.97)
—Why do we lie to ourselves and others?
—Can first-hand accounts of events ever be trusted?
—What is the American Dream and is it universally attainable?
—What role does deception play in romantic relationships?
—Why is it important to have dreams, and what happens when we achieve our dreams?
—How do different artistic mediums or genres represent the same themes or subjects?
—How can we formulate our own ideas and opinions by engaging in those of others?
Poems About Deception, Love, And The Stories We Tell
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, a classic poem about the lies we tell ourselves and others
“Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood, a poem about seduction, lies, and the roles we play
“[When My Love Swears That She is Made of Truth]” or Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare, a poem about love and lies
“The Victims” by Sharon Olds, a poem about family, divorce, and the stories we tell about our pasts
Texts About The American Dream
“If and When Dreams Come True,” and “Richard Cory,” two poems about the upper class and dreams.
“Harlem, or A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem” by Helene Johnson, and “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, three poems from the Harlem Renaissance that deal with the convergence of dreams and race.
“Let America Be America Again,” Langston Hughes’ poem about a nation that he both loves and mistrusts.
“The Runner,” a fascinating non-fiction article that appeared in The New Yorker
about a man who lied to get into Princeton.
“Hoop Dreams,” a documentary about two boys growing up in the inner-city. Roger Ebert called it “the great American documentary.”
“Hoop Dreams: Serious Game,” a beautifully written essay on the film by John Edgar Wideman.
Some of the texts are not included in the resource because of copyright.