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Students often find it easier to demonstrate their understanding of literature through creative activities. Offered in this bundle are four fun and fascinating activities that reveal students' unique perspectives on the characterization, plot, and symbolism in The Great Gatsby!
First, FOUND POEM
Students love this creative approach to examining imagery in The Great Gatsby!
These activities are a great way to encourage students' appreciation of Fitzgerald's lyrical diction and use of figurative language.
Directions require students to
---find and copy/paste a page from the novel,
---underline illustrative words and phrases,
---create a topic or theme,
---then compose a poem using Fitzgerald's great words.
-----Included is a chosen passage with underlined choices;
-----a sample poem,
-----brief explanation of the poem, and a
I've also included another found poem where words have been blackened out leaving a poetic statement.
-----Extra credit encourages students to do the same with a page that is included in their packet.
I've included 41 passages (minimized) that you can enlarge so that each student has a different passage.
Creative and fun!
Clear font and relevant graphic.
Next, CHAPTER 5 CREATIVE WRITING ADDITION TO THE CHAPTER
Nick Carraway, sometimes unreliable narrator? Yes!
After reading Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, have students complete this creative writing activity, describing the reunion of Jay and Daisy!
Because Nick, our reliable (?) narrator, grants Jay and Daisy some privacy during their reunion, we don’t know what goes on.
What was said?
Did they make plans?
Did they kiss?
Students imagine that they are a narrator who is privy to the reunion
of Jay and Daisy.
They compose the scene that occurs while Nick roams around in the backyard and admires Gatsby’s mansion.
Students are required to include the following elements as listed on the assignment:
Dialogue --- Remember, when a new speaker speaks, start a new paragraph.
Sensory Description --- What can the reader or the characters see, hear, taste,
smell, and feel?
Figurative Language --- Include one of each: alliteration, simile, personification.
Symbolism --- Of course, include two instances of color symbolism.
Plot --- A secret! Create a secret revealed by one of the characters or an act committed during the rendezvous. Remain consistent with the characterization and the plot that Fitzgerald has established to this point.
A scoring rubric is included.
Appropriate graphics and clear font.
The third activity: CHARACTER'S CELL PHONE
Students love their phones!
Here is a great activity where students imagine the cell phones of characters in The Great Gatsby
What secrets might we find on Tom Buchanan's phone?
Does Gatsby have a "Daisy" playlist?
What's in Myrtle's online shopping cart?
Has Daisy created a bitmoji?
The directions for the activity are as follows:
--Imagine that your character exists in our society.
--Imagine a phone homepage that displays his or her apps.
--Choose apps from the following options, and then complete the
illustration/discussion component for each. (Brief description= 150-225 words).
---You may be comical, but be sure to accurately represent your character’s traits.
---You will be evaluated on creativity and evidence of your understanding of the plot
I provide a blank cell phone where students draw or paste a background.
They must then choose options under categories that include:
---Entertainment (Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube)
---Social connections (Facebook, Instagram, and match.com)
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