By the end of the unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the rst person narrative point of view of Nick Carraway and its importance
to the story.
2. Discuss the signi cance of the title of the novel, and relate it to a major theme in the book.
3. Describe the key character traits of Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby, and discuss motivations for their actions in the novel.
4. Gain a basic understanding of the setting of the novel and the historical/cultural background of Jazz Age America.
5. Identify key images and symbols from the novel—the valley of ashes, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock, Daisy’s voice, etc.—and discuss their signi cance.
6. Explain the idea of the American Dream and how the novel shows the perils and limitations of this concept.
7. Identify the themes of both arti ciality and reinvention in the novel, and cite speci c examples from the story.
8. Gain an appreciation for Fitzgerald’s ne, lyrical use of language, masterful description, and skillful development of plot.
9. Explain why the novel is considered a classic, and describe what aspects of this story are timeless.
eNotes lesson plans have been written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of each plan are the following:
An in-depth introductory lecture
Chapter-by-chapter study questions
A multiple-choice test
Each plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.