The Great Gatsby Literature Guide: Teaching Guide PACKET | DISTANCE LEARNING

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The Great Gatsby 123-page novel unit, complete with standards-aligned student coursework, quizzes, tests, and more aligned with 10th through 12th grade English / Language Arts Common Core standards. Designed for as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire, students will be able to self-direct their study in many cases, making it perfect for in-person or distance learning. Please note, however, that this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

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This Great Gatsby Guide includes:

  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas (W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, W.9-10.7, W.9-10.9; W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.6, W.11-12.7, W.11-12.9)

  • Notes on the Elements of Fiction with corresponding activity

  • Author Biography on F.Scott Fitzgerald with corresponding questions (RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3; RI.11-12.1. RI.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3)

  • Historical Context activity and corresponding questions on The Jazz Age (RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3; RI.11-12.1. RI.11-12.2, RL.11-12.3)

  • Glossary of Allusions, Terminology, and Expressions (RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.9, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.6; L.11-12.4, L.11-12.6)

  • Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions (RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.9, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.6; L.11-12.4, L.11-12.6)

  • Anticipation/Reaction Activity introducing themes (SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.3, SL.9-10.6; SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.3, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.6)

  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Charts (RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, W.9-10.4; RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, W.11-12.9)

  • Comprehension Check Questions for each chapter (numerous standards addressed)

  • Reading: Literature activities on:
    • Narrator and Point of View (RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.5)
    • Characterization (RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.5)
    • Setting (RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.5)
    • Foreshadowing and Prediction (RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.5)
    • Symbolism (RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4)
    • Figurative Language (RL.9-10.4; RL.11-12.4)
    • Tone (RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.9, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.6; L.11-12.4, L.11-12.6)
    • Theme (RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2; RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2)
    • Colors as Symbols (RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4)

  • Reading Language Standards-based Activities on:
    • Context Clues (L.9-10.4.A: L.11-12.4.A)
    • Parts of Speech (L.9-10.1, L.9-10.6; L.11-12.1, L.11-12.6)
    • Word Origins (L.9-10.4, L.9-10.6; L.11-12.3, L.11-12.4, L.11-12.5)
    • Vocabulary Replacement (L.9-10.4.A: L.11-12.4.A)

  • Reading comprehension and analysis Quizzes every two chapters
  • Two Final Test Versions - one entirely multiple choice
  • Vocabulary Final Test
  • Summary of the Novel
  • List of various Post-Reading Activities and Ideas
  • List of various Essay/Writing Ideas
  • Teacher Resources, including Sample Agenda, Project and Writing Rubrics
  • Complete Answer Key

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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