Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for widespread economic prosperity, the development of jazz music, flapper culture, new technologies in communication motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music forging a genuine mass culture, and bootleggingalong with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the s to build Gatsby's stories, from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book.
Thoughts on Theme Discussion In order to preview the central themes of "The Great Gatsby" that students will exploring throughout their reading of the text RL.
By preparing these questions ahead of time, students will be able to draw on their thoughts and connections in today's conversation SL.
Each of the themes addressed on the pre-reading assignment--connecting to money and happiness, materialism, nostalgia, and The American Dream--are the primary these students will be addressing and exploring as they read the novel.
These ideas are the most common ones associated with "The Great Gatsby," and shared across our curriculum. Additionally, I present these ideas as the most significant ideas in order to understand the character of Gatsby as well as the novel, creating a foundation for students to build on as they read, like Gatsby himself, knowing what they need, but still needing to search for it themselves.
Today, in class, we will discuss these in detail, as both students and I share our thoughts on each question, such as " Can money lead to happiness? I'm choosing to hold a whole-class discussion because while students have worked in groups on open-ended and reaction style questions, the majority of our recent whole-class conversation is recall.
By discussing in a large group, students are exposed to diverse perspectives, and have the opportunity to make new connections based on the reasoning of their peers SL. In order to keep track of student homework completion and participation gradesI circulate the room while we discuss the ideas, using a seating chart to track student participation.
I tell the students I will be doing this, in order to keep them focused and motivated on the topics we will be discussing. If student conversation peters off, or if a few students are dominating conversation, I will call on students directly pointing blindly at the seating chart is a personal favorite technique to call on students randomly.
Additionally, if students are in need of a warm-up in order to process, share, and discuss their responses one-on-one, we will break for a Think-Pair-Share activity, turning to a peer and sharing their answer to one of the prompts.
Homework and Participation Grades Can money lead to happiness.Engaging student activities for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald include literary conflict storyboards, character analysis, and looking at Jay Gatsby as an antihero.
The Great Gatsby writing prompts never fail to get conversation started. And not just any surface conversation! In response to the 35 questions, learners will write a short quickwrite essay in a journal writing . Go to The Great Gatsby Unit - Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions page Go to The Great Gatsby Unit - Lesson Plans & Teacher Resources Activities, Projects, and Assessments for The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of film and television adaptations: The Great Gatsby (), by Herbert Brenon—a silent movie of a stage adaptation, starring Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell. It is a famous example of a lost film. The great gatsby lesson plans and worksheets from thousands of teacher-reviewed resources to help you inspire students learning.
The Great Gatsby is an American novel that focuses on the gluttony of the jazz age. This era may seem distant to students so these activities help connect them with this time in history.