This Great Gatsby literary analysis essay prompt asks students to consider task, audience, and purpose, which is in accordance with Common Core writing standards. There are supplemental handouts and worksheets designed to help students address the writing task and succeed at organizing their ideas. In addition, there are Common Core grading rubrics that you can use to score the essay.
Although you can assign the essay independent of other lessons, Literary Lyceum has designed two complementary lessons: one on theme and one on the sequence of events in the book.
The Theme Analysis lesson is available for purchase here.
The Gatsby Sequencing lesson is available for purchase here.
Included in this file are:
- An overview of how to use the materials
- A literary analysis prompt
- A scaffolding handout for thesis support
- A handout for essay structure
- A scaffolding handout for body paragraph organization
- Common Core aligned grading rubrics
If you like these materials...
This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Great Gatsby Unit Bundle (click here)
In the unit bundle, you will receive:
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization and narrator credibility
- A lesson, PowerPoint, worksheet, and "Teacher's Key" on setting analysis centered on the first two chapters of the book
- A group work lesson focused on symbolism in The Great Gatsby (including a "Teacher's Key" for guidance)
- An entertaining social class game related to the Great Gatsby, complete with printables and PowerPoint reflection questions
- A non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the American dream
- A lesson and worksheet for students to compare the filmed versions of The Great Gatsby with the novel
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- Analysis questions on the sequence of events in the book, with a "Teacher's Key" that gives insight into the answers to the questions
- This literary analysis essay prompt and rubric
- A research-based persuasive essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support