Get your students critically thinking during Chapter 4 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby with these close read learning stations or group work. This activity requires students to closely examine key parts of the car ride conversation between Gatsby and Nick, during which Gatsby gives Nick his account of his background. Students must rate Nick's belief in Gatsby's account on a scale of 1-10 and justify their rating with textual evidence. Then--the fun part--the students get to rate their own belief in Gatsby's account, which prompts great discussion/debate about the mystery of the Great Gatsby!
It's crucial to examine Nick's attitude and Gatsby's credibility during this chapter in order to pave the way for deeper discussions later on, when more information is revealed.
As stated, this can be facilitated as learning stations or jigsaw-style group work. For stations, simply set up these 4 excerpts around the room, group students, and rotate the stations on a desired time schedule. For group work, group students and assign each group an excerpt that they must then later present to the class.
The actual product is a 5-page PDF, with 4 stations and 1 scale/evidence sheet.