This lesson addresses the Common Core standard about comparing various interpretations of the same source material. Specifically, it asks students to compare the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby and the 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby with one another and with the original text by Fitzgerald.
In the lesson, students complete worksheets on the film. If you choose to show one of the films on its own, it is possible to use the worksheet for analyzing either the 1974 version or the 2013 version without doing a comparison of both films. After students have done careful analysis of the films, they will participate in a "four corners" discussion activity to encourage them to reflect on their observations about the films.
Included in this packet are:
- A lesson plan detailing how to utilize the materials
- A film analysis worksheet that can be used for either (or both) film(s)
- A four corners statements handout for the final activity
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Great Gatsby Unit Bundle (click here)
In the unit bundle, you will receive:
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization and narrator credibility
- A lesson, PowerPoint, worksheet, and "Teacher's Key" on setting analysis centered on the first two chapters of the book
- A group work lesson focused on symbolism in The Great Gatsby (including a "Teacher's Key" for guidance)
- An entertaining social class game related to the Great Gatsby, complete with printables and PowerPoint reflection questions
- A non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the American dream
- This lesson and worksheet for students to compare the filmed versions of The Great Gatsby with the novel
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- Analysis questions on the sequence of events in the book, with a "Teacher's Key" that gives insight into the answers to the questions
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support
- A research-based persuasive essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support