The Great Gatsby Writing Prompts: Essays, Creative Writing, & 136 Bell Ringers

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Want to get your students writing better, thinking deeper, and analyzing the bigger ideas and themes of the novel?

The prompts, guides, handouts, rubrics, and suggestions here are all proven to work 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.

When you teach with these writing prompts you will:

conquer your students’ fear of writing by helping them work through step-by-step, low-key processes for writing

• improve your students writing fluency by getting them to write every single day

• easily manage your classes and start class off with a calm focused routine when students write on the bellringer prompts

• bring your students’ writing to the next level by incorporating argument writing, creative writing, freewriting, and different lengths and types of assignments

• witness your students discover their excitement for writing when they play with innovative creative assignments and prompts

challenge your students to write longer and more independent assignments by providing them with the necessary scaffolding

quickly and efficiently grade your students’ work by using the included rubrics

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 responses. 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 .

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics”).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.


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