In this lesson, students complete a close reading worksheet and participate in an analytical discussion while the teacher guides them through important passages from The Great Gatsby that are related to setting. This is an ideal lesson to teach after students have read the first two chapters of the book.
The close reading exercise asks students to closely consider word choice, connotation, and symbolic meaning. The included "Teacher's Key" provides insight into the passages and also provides additional follow up questions that can be used to promote deep discussion and critical thinking.
Included in this lesson are:
- A lesson plan with instructions for implementing the lesson
- Student worksheets centered on close reading strategies
- A teacher's key with suggested analytical responses
- A PowerPoint with images and key passages about setting
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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
- This lesson on setting analysis
- 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
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support
- A research-based persuasive essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support