Instead of ASSIGNING vocabulary, TEACH it in context! This complete bundle of chapter-by-chapter vocabulary worksheets will help students practice the essential skill of determining vocabulary in context using key passages from F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby. Because these worksheets use key passages, they serve a double duty--prompting your students to focus on passages essential to understanding and analyzing the novel (vocabulary + analysis = effective, meaningful work).
Each 2-page worksheet includes 3-5 key excerpts with 5 bold vocabulary words. For each word, students must explain what they THINK the bold vocabulary words means (using context clues) and then explain what the word ACTUALLY means (by looking it up). At the bottom of the worksheet, there is an "Extension" question that prompts students to critically think about the passages.
These worksheets work great as in-class work or homework. When I assign these as in-class work, I usually model the process of using context clues and roots/stems to decipher the meaning of words. I'll do one passage/word as an example before releasing the students to finish the rest of the worksheet in partners or individually. When I assign these as homework along with reading, I find that these keep the students accountable for the reading and prompt the students to focus on the most essential passages of each chapter. These worksheets could also be integrated into existing literacy centers or stations.
Answer keys are included for your convenience! Answer keys provide the definitions AND any relevant vocabulary roots/stems within each vocabulary word (so if you have a roots/stems program like I do, this is PERFECT).
Here are a few of the vocabulary words featured: supercilious, inexplicable, incredulously, vitality, ascertain