(1) Unit Objectives
(2) Common Core Standards Addressed in the Unit
(3) Essential Questions – open-ended questions where students can first, before
reading, explore their own ideas about these “topics.”
(4) Introductory Materials
- “quiz” to see what they already know, get them talking about the era
- I show a video that is part of the “Just the Facts Learning Series” The Emergence of Modern America: The Roaring Twenties. It provides a great overview of this era and a clear historical context for the novel
- Power Point – background for reading. Material in this is mainly obtained from the version of the text that has the preface by Matthew J. Bruccoli. The roman numerals refer to pages in the preface.
(4) Reader Response Journal Guidelines and Chapter by Chapter help for journal writing.
(5) Challenge Questions for each chapter (bonus work/extra credit)
(6) Writing Assignments: One for mid-novel and one final assessment in which students can select from several choices to demonstrate knowledge of a major theme/idea. There is also a critical lens assignment for modified Regents practice.
(7) Chapter by Chapter Mini-writings (through and including chapter 8 – there’s enough to do after Chapter Nine!!) about literary devices employed by Fitzgerald. Optional “Collage” Assignment – I did this one year to demonstrate concepts. I had included shorter poems also that students could use for the “Gatsby” side. This turned out to be fun and shed a different light on their understanding.
(10) Vocabulary lists with quizzes (chapers1-6, 8 and 9):