Fitzgerald’s themes of class, privilege, violence, drinking, lies, and the American dream make The Great Gatsby a novel that is especially timely today. Students will quickly realize how much this story speaks to questions and ideas that are central to their lives.
This ninety-six page guide to The Great Gatsby has been honed over many years of teaching. It includes a month’s worth ready-to-go close reading and discussion questions for every chapter. It also includes instructions for using this guide with interactive notebooks, a reading quiz on every chapter, and two different versions of a final test on the novel as a whole.
The questions and assessment were created for a standard college prep level class—not an honors or AP level. No special knowledge is assumed at any point, and all of the reading is done in class.
All of the answer keys quote the important passages, so there is no guessing on the part of the teacher as to which parts of the text are most important. When you discuss the questions with your classes, you can point them to the sections to make sure that they are engaging with the text and working to interpret the sometimes challenging language.
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from their teacher. Rather than telling them what the book means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle a challenging novel on their own.