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1 The Great Gatsby { F. Scott Fitzgerald

2 Write down yes if you agree with the statement, no if you disagree with the statement, and??? if you do not have a strong opinion about the statement. Pre-Reading Bias

3 Fill out this chart as we read The Great Gatsby. Thought Map: American Dream

4 As we read, consider these questions: Why is Nick telling the story? Why is Nick confused and a little disgusted at the end of the chapter? Begin reading chapter 1

5 Write Quickwrites at the top of the page. Draw a line halfway down by the hole, splitting your page in two. You have 5-7 minutes to write ½ a page. I will collect them when we have filled up a page front and back with four quickwrites. Quickwrites

6 Explore the idea that you have been given more advantages at birth than someone else. What might be meant by advantages? How are people given advantages at birth? How is this belief false? How is it true? Daisy says she heard a rumor from three different people which means it must be true. Analyze the truth or falsehood of that idea. And consider the question, what does it mean for something to be true? QW Ch. 1

7 What does Nick learn about Tom at the end of the Chapter 2? How does Tom s treatment of Mrs. Wilson affect Nick? Chapter 2

8 QW Ch. 2 Critique their marriage values. Some of them think that if they aren t happy together, maybe they should divorce each other. Explain your thoughts on that. Compare your thoughts to theirs. Examine why Myrtle thinks she made a mistake when she married her husband. Why is it such a big deal that her husband borrowed his wedding suit? Describe what these ladies are like that they think borrowing is a bad thing. What do you think about their values?

9 What do we learn about Gatsby from Nick s observations before we meet him? Chapter 3

10 Each group will study two secondary characters. Review the first three chapters of the novel. List key attributes of its characters. Prepare a poster that documents moments when these characters bring out reactions from Nick. What do these characters teach Nick about himself? What do we learn about Gatsby? Character Study

11 Consider Fitzgerald s descriptions as you read chapter 4. Find the three most vivid descriptions in chapter 4. Are they effective? Why or why not? Why does Nick say, There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired? Chapter 4

12 Examine the list of visitors to Gatsby s house that summer. What do you notice about any particular visitors? Compare those details together to infer conclusions about who Gatsby is as a person. Explain the history that Daisy and Gatsby have had together going back before the war. QW Ch. 4

13 Select a few actions of Gatsby during the scene at Nick s house and explain what they show about Gatsby s emotions. Discuss whether or not Gatsby s house is impressive. Justify your thoughts with evidence from the story. QW Chapter 5

14 Identify figurative language in your group s assigned chapter. Specifically identify images, similes, and metaphors Answer this: how does the figurative language assist in telling the story? Figurative Language Ch. 1-5

15 Nick says that you can t repeat the past, but Gatsby insists that he can. Analyze this idea with logic, emotions, and evidence from the story. Do your best to explain how Jay Gatsby got his name and history and persona. QW Chapter 6

16 At the end of chapter 5, Nick says, It was the hour of a profound human change, and excitement was generating in the air. What happens in Chapter 6 to fulfill Nick s prediction? Chapter 6

17 Tom Daisy In the beginning of the novel, Daisy says Sophisticated God, I m sophisticated! Now that we know more about Daisy, what did she mean? Does her life represent the free spirit of the Roaring Twenties? If not, why not? Nick Jordan Gatsby Are there any moments when these characters have a realization about their circumstances or change a firmly held opinion? How does the way Fitzgerald describes the Long Island landscape parallel the internal struggles of the main characters? Character Development

18 Come to class with the two most important turning points in the plot of the novel. Chapter 7

19 Describe the details of the scene at Daisy s house that make Daisy keep insisting that she wants to go to town. Why do you think she wants to go to town? Why right now? What does she hope going to town will accomplish? As Tom and Gatsby fight over Daisy, explain why Daisy retreats into herself. Discuss whom she really loves. Justify your analysis with examples and quotes from the story. QW Chapter 7

20 Identify the most important turning points in the novel. Identify the passages from the novel, explaining why these events are the most significant. The Plot Unfolds

21 Map a timeline that depicts the dramatic buildup in the novel. Map should include: the most significant turning points but also examine the lesser events that build tension. Beginning, middle, and end of the plot The Plot Unfolds

22 Why does Nick think that Gatsby paid a high price for living too long with a single dream? Read Chapter 8-9

23 What is Gatsby s dream? And why is it incorruptible? Examine Wilson s behavior as he deals with the death his wife. Predict what he is going to do? With the emotions he has, what actions is he capable of? Justify your answer with evidence or quotes from the story. QW Chapter 8

24 How do you think it feels after Gatsby dies for Nick to be called the only person interested in him? Why do you think he s the only one? What does this mean for this whole culture that these people live in? What does it say about people? What does it say about the things they care about? How do you think it feels after Gatsby dies for Nick to be called the only person interested in him? Why do you think he s the only one? What does this mean for this whole culture that these people live in? What does it say about people? What does it say about the things they care about? QW Chapter 9

25 Gatsby believed in the green light, the future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that s no matter -- to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning -- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. After having read the whole story, do you think we are supposed to believe in the green light? And what might that long dash after one fine morning mean? Explain and justify your thoughts. Final Book QW

26 Alienation Friendship Identity The American Dream Write a two page essay on what you consider to be the book s most important theme exploring the reasons the topic would have resonated with readers when the book was first published. Is the topic still relevant today? If so, why? If not, why not? Themes in The Great Gatsby

27 Valleys of Ashes (Ch. 2) Green Light T.J. Eckleberg s Eyes Gatsby s New Shirts Gatsby s Swimming Pool The Great Gatsby Symbols in The Great Gatsby

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