Use your novel to teach writing skills. These activities test students' knowledge of the novel, their ability to see events from more than one viewpoint and their ability to write in different styles/formats. They are high order activities.
Some tasks require students to imagine that they are characters in the novel, and then to write in the voice of that character using an appropriate register and tone. Other activities ask students to research topics and present their findings as oral presentations (supported with a slideshow). Some are creative / personal writing starters. Some writing activities are based on the complete text (review, email/letter, interview questions, movie adaptation). Most activities are chapter based.
They are WRITING exercises, so they are also designed to improve student's abilities in different styles of writing. Styles include:
- Diary Entries
- Letters (Formal and Informal)
- Emails (and texts)
- Dialogues (some to be acted out)
- Reports (including internet research)
- Presentation / Slideshow (including internet research)
- Interview Questions / Questions and Answers
- Essays / Compositions
- News Report
- Media (Advertisements)
- Narrative / Story
- Magazine Feature
- Map exercise
All assignments include hints, sub-headings or structure guides to provide a starting point or scaffolding to help students get started.
There are 54 activities in total. These writing tasks give students an opportunity to show a deep understanding of the novel, as well as to practice writing in different formats. Many of the activities could be used for summative assessment.
It's a Word document, so editable to suit your class. There are activities for each part of the book. The document is organised in this manner. The preview file shows the assignments which relate to Chapter 1.
I like to incorporate the teaching of writing styles into our study of the novel, using it as an "anchor" text for many different types of activities. Students are caught up in the story, and they don't see these high order activities as new (or difficult) learning topics.
This product, and my other resources for The Great Gatsby, can be purchased at a reduced rate as part of a bundle. Check out The Great Gatsby - Activity Bundle for Mixed Ability
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