This unit contains over 55 pages for 25 daily lesson activities individually reviewing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Most chapters have several different lessons allowing for multiple learning scenarios or the additional assignments can be completed for homework as a way to reinforce the day’s lesson.
Since every lesson is text-based, it requires the students to continually refer back to the text to support their ideas or opinions. Through a variety of designs, the graphic organizers, worksheets, and chart fill-ins support close reading techniques as the students will be required to cite evidence from the text to support their answers and opinions. Most lessons conclude with a “closure” activity which helps the students to review the key concepts discussed during the lesson and to offer a personal opinion about the material learned.
At times, I bring up the lessons on a smart-board or LCD projector and let the students sketch a copy of the daily chart. Other times, with the more intricate designs, I want to photocopy the worksheet for the students to write directly on the assignment. With this in mind, I tried to maintain a balance between the visual appeal of each organizer and the practicality of making photocopies for any lesson. Since it’s a word document, you can adjust colors and fonts to suit your needs.
As with most graphic organizers or handouts, I have used these lessons in a variety of learning environments including: group work, partner or neighbor work or individual practice. Some lessons are extensive and may require more than one period or can be completed for homework. Each lesson also acts as a great quiz to assess any student’s comprehension for a particular chapter of the text.
At times, there are too many lessons and activities to be completed in class, so I often assign then extra lessons for homework as a way to review and reinforce then day’s overall learning objective. I will even differentiate for more advanced classes and assign them the more challenging lessons and reserve the more accessible lessons for any lower functioning classes.
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