When it's time to start The Great Gatsby, you'll need some lessons to get you going at the beginning of the novel. This product includes a wide variety of lessons to help students through close reading and literary analysis. These lessons and activities are COMPLETELY EDITABLE on Google Drive and can be used to supplement your current plans, as homework assignments, or in any other capacity! For these LESSONS IN ACTION, check out my Instagram Highlights! I discuss using many of these lessons and you can see them for yourself!
THIS PRODUCT INCLUDES:
- Reading Quiz: Chapters 4 & 5: These questions are "sesame street" style. Students receive four items. Then, they must explain HOW three of them are connected and WHY the remaining item does not belong. I've included an answer key and rubric for you to use!
- Reading Quiz Answer Key
- Chapters 1-5 - Character, Theme, Geography Plot Sort Digital Activity & Answer Key (SEE VIDEO PREVIEW!): Using Google Slides, students will sort out terms, themes, setting elements and characters into four categories: West Egg, East Egg, Valley of Ashes, and Other. Students can work in pairs or small groups to determine where each word belongs, then, when you come back full class, defend where they placed each item. This is a great way to review what's been read so far before moving into the second half of the novel.
- Chapter 4 & 6 - Who is Jay Gatsby (use this AGAIN with Ch 6): This handout asks students to characterize Gatsby based on textual evidence from each of the three major scenes in chapter 4: the drive to New York, the lunch with Wolfshiem, and the tea with Jordan. Based on what students find, you'll be able to create a whole class anchor chart to refer to throughout the rest of the novel. This exact activity can be used with the beginning of chapter 6 when students are introduced to James Gatz! (see thumbnails and preview for examples!)
- Movie/Novel Comparison with & Take students through these two specific scenes both in the novel and in the DiCaprio film version of the novel. The handout is completely editable and you are free to add any scaffolding or directions that you'd like kids to specifically adhere to.
- Love Haiku suggestions: Since this is the chapter where Gatsby and Daisy are reunited, we wrote some love poetry. This handout offers basic directions for quick haikus to write as a homework assignment. For more detailed haiku directions, lesson plan, and heart templates, check out my Love Poem for a Character product!
WHY YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT:
First and foremost, this product is 100% editable. Each of the resources is shared with you via Google Drive and you are welcome to make whatever customizations you need to best fit your students.
I've worked hard to make each of these lessons rigorous, engaging, and creative. There are lots of "cute" ideas out there as well as some really tough and challenging ones: I strive to balance these two spectrums. I take literary analysis seriously, but I work hard to create visually appealing and collaborative handouts and lessons to help facilitate critical thinking.
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