The Great Gatsby Essay Exam

The Great Gatsby Essay Exam
The Great Gatsby Essay Exam
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Students have really enjoyed the 2013 Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby. In an effort to keep students from simply watching the movie, this assessment/in-class essay exam requires that students compare and contrast the film to the novel. There are a number of websites that identify the differences, so the prompt is more specific; students must identify the effect of the differences on the purpose of the film versus the novel. An AP style, holistic rubric is included for quick grading. The film takes between two and three class periods to show. The essay takes one class period to write; though it could be easily modified to an out-of-class essay or presentation. A graphic organizer handout is included for students to chart the differences as they watch the film. I allow this handout and the novel with annotations to be used when writing the essay in class. This essay is a synthesis type essay as students must integrate two different versions of the story - meeting Common Core Reading Standard 7: "Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text." To demonstrate how actors and directors must interpret novels, you could also compare and contrast the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby to the 2013 version and the novel.
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The Great Gatsby Essay Exam
The Great Gatsby Essay Exam