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Guide students through F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel The Great Gatsby with these thematic, chapter-by-chapter essential questions!
This thorough guide includes essential questions, detailed textual evidence, and brief corresponding analysis for each chapter of The Great Gatsby. Deepen your understanding of the novel and dive into your unit with the structure of these essential questions! This resource could prove helpful whether it's your first time teaching with Gatsby (and you're in need of direction) or your tenth time (and you're in need of a fresh perspective).
This detailed guide includes:
- 1 overarching essential question: Is the American Dream still alive?
- 9 unique essential questions that correspond to the nine chapters of the novel that, to varying degrees and in complementary ways, build understanding towards the overarching question
- 1 page of textual evidence that relates to each chapter essential question with brief analysis FOR EACH CHAPTER (check preview to see an example!)
- Brief example response(s) for each chapter’s essential question
- Few suggestions for further readings, including informational and literary texts
- General list of class activities to use essential questions in a variety of ways
This is not a unit plan or individual lesson plan, but rather a framework for developing a unit or lesson plan. The included activities are helpful in structuring your unit, and you can even scaffold the unit so that learners in need of a challenge can read and use the essential questions for independent comprehension-building activities while the rest of class reads and works on more collaborative comprehension-building activities. I teach my unit differently every year, and my high school juniors have discussed and debated the questions with sincere passion and interest!
A note on essential questions:
The precise definition of “essential question” varies by organization and program, but the general idea is that essential questions are higher order questions designed to elevate thinking, inquiry, and discussion beyond the text. There may be many ways to thoughtfully respond to each question.