Want to get your students thinking deeper and excited to analyze the bigger ideas and themes of The Great Gatsby?
Want to bring your students’ writing to the next level?
Want lots and lots and lots of ready-to-go writing prompts with practical guidance and rubrics for quickly and efficiently grading student work?
With 136 bellringer prompts and 5 different writing assignments ranging from literary analysis to a a fun research-based creative writing project, this resource will engage your students on a deeper level and make it easier for you to incorporate writing into your unit on The Great Gatsby
Here's what you'll get when you buy this resource:
First I have included 136 bellringer prompts.
You'll love starting each class with a quick five-minute freewrite. It’s a great way to get students focused and thinking about the themes of the day. From creative writing ideas, to questions that will get your students thinking, there is plenty here. There are slides for all 136 prompts, so that you will have a rigorous activity ready to go at the beginning of class. These prompts also make great choices for journals done at home.
The second kind of writing included here is reading logs.
These are also a kind of write-to-learn assignment. You will have two ways of breaking down this writing for students. With the practical guide included here, your students will be writing independently on the novel in no time. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
The third option for a writing assignment tasks students with taking one or more of the idea-based prompts from the bellringers and turning it into an evidence-based essay.
You will appreciate the step-by-step instructions for that assignment as well. This is a more challenging assignment than the others, but if students are taken through it step by step, they should find success with their writing. This essay is one that students should complete after reading the novel.
The fourth option for writing a piece based on the ideas and themes of the novel is a comparative essay.
Your students will complete this assignment over two class periods—with one day to complete the graphic organizer and one to write the essay. In order to complete this assignment, they’ll have to read other texts that they can compare with the themes of the novel—those texts are not included in this resource, but this unit
would work great.
The fifth option is for students to complete a creative writing assignment in which they write historical fiction using The Great Gatsby
as their research source. This is a fun, low-key way for students to focus on the vocabulary, customs, and objects of the period while sharpening their creative writing and storytelling skills. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
The prompts, guides, handouts, rubrics, and suggestions here are based on sixteen years of teaching writing to all levels of high school. It’s not easy to take students through a writing assignment or to get them to improve their skills, but with the right tools, it can be done.