The Great Gatsby Unit Plan + Harlem Renaissance Thematic Pairing Color Symbolism

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The juxtaposition of the Harlem Renaissance with Gatsby is an angle I had never considered before! It's a fantastic comprehensive unit, and I am so happy I made this purchase!
This unit is AMAZING! I knew I wanted to incorporate the Harlem Renaissance while reading Gatsby and this unit made combining these areas seamless. My students loved each and every activity.
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Unlike Gatsby and Daisy, These The Great Gatsby lesson plans + Harlem Renaissance activities make the perfect pair. ;) Create an immersive and inclusive Roaring 20s reading experience with these engaging text sets! Designed as a thematic unit, students use the concept of color symbolism to do a literary analysis of The Great Gatsby and dig deep into The Jazz Age by comparing Harlem Renaissance poetry to The Great Gatsby passages. 

Here is what you will get in The Great Gatsby Teacher’s Guide:


Introduction To The Great Gatsby + Harlem Renaissance: 

⭐Engaging Introduction Stations

⭐Fun Art Deco Avatar Creator

⭐Multicultural Lens on the 1920s
⭐12 Gatsby + Harlem Renaissance Posters


The Art and Analysis booklet is meant to serve as a handy way to track colors and other elements throughout the The Great Gatsby novel study. In addition to the booklet, I also include individual activities for teaching The Great Gatsby. 

The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Activities: 

⭐Great Gatsby Remix Close Reading

⭐Fitzgerald + Georgia Douglas Johnson Pairing

The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 Activities:

⭐Visualization of The Valley of Ashes

⭐Myrtle’s Social Ladder Activity

⭐Fitzgerald + Langston Hughes Pairing

The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Activities: 
Gatsby Lifestyle Activity 

⭐Party Playlist Activity

The Great Gatsby Chapter 4 Activities:

⭐Socratic Seminar Readiness Guide

⭐Fitzgerald + Dr. Alain Locke Pairing 

The Great Gatsby Chapter 5 Activities:
Narrative Writing Character Conversation  

⭐Daisy’s Voice Analysis 

The Great Gatsby Chapter 6 Activities:

⭐Fake It Until You Make It Psychology

⭐ Gatsby Rumors, Truths, and Confirmed Truths 

The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 Activities:

⭐Fitzgerald + Langston Hughes Pairing

⭐Fitzgerald + Gwendolyn Bennett Pairing 

⭐Police Witness Statement

The Great Gatsby Chapter 8 Activities:

⭐Flower Power Symbolism

⭐Fitzgerald + Georgia Douglas Johnson Pairing

The Great Gatsby Chapter 9 Activities: 

⭐Gatsby Memorial

⭐Fitzgerald + Zora Neale Hurston Pairing

⭐Socratic Seminar Reading Guide


⭐Fitzgerald + Claude McKay Pairing
⭐The Great Gatsby + Harlem Renaissance Essay Prompts 

⭐The Great Gatsby Movie Guide 

⭐ The Great Gatsby Test 45 multiple choice questions

⭐Jazz Age party ideas

This unit includes:

✅ Detailed Pacing Guide

✅ Detailed Answer Keys 

✅ Digital and Print Options 
✅ 90% Editable to fit your needs

This creative and diverse unit plan for The Great Gatsby will engage and inspire students while studying The Jazz Age as a whole. Take a look at the preview for more details!

What teachers are saying:

❤️ "It's harder than ever to get students excited about a novel study in English these days. But once we get going on this Gatsby Book of Colors Unit, my students are hooked! I have used this in my classroom three times now, and it just keeps getting better each time I use it. Using colors allows for students of all abilities to understand the deeper meanings, and based on their level they can show basic understanding all the way through to sophisticated analysis. I added in current event elements to study what the American Dream looks like today compared to the 1920's, and it really adds to the critical thinking. I LOVE this resource!"

❤️ "As a teacher, I always try to find new items that are outside of the box and appealing to students in the moment. This resource is an excellent example of the creative, engaging, and thorough resources that educators can develop! I used this specifically for my English III section (11th graders). They (and my principal) loved the idea of having all of the resources needed for the book in one booklet. No messy binder, no complicated organization AND they loved coloring! I will admit, I have a lot of students who test below standards. This resource worked to engage them and help them form the basic connections to the large and sometimes complex themes and meanings within "The Great Gatsby." "

❤️"I did Gatsby at the end of my semester, so I didn't have time to get in all of the amazing resources included in this pack, BUT if nothing else, the symbolism coloring books alone were totally worth the purchase! My students LOVED listening to the audio of this classic and coloring while we tuned in. The other resources are awesome and I hope to use them next semester ..."

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