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The Great Gatsby - A Novel Study

In this 6-session historical and cultural book study, students will read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby by discussing and analyzing the novel, identifying literary elements from the novel, and the Roaring Twenties.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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45 minutes per class
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Students will be able to:
     - Join Our Novel Study of The Great Gatsby 
     - Engage in Socratic Seminar Discussions
     - Analyze the Novel and Its Story Elements
     - Identify and Define the Following:
       - Character Development
       - Symbolism
       - Theme
       - Figurative Language
     - Introduce the Novel
     - Introduce F. Scott Fitzgerald
     - Discuss History: Roaring Twenties
     - Research Historical Events Relevant to the Novel
     - Introduce and Analyze Major Characters
     - Differentiate Between East Egg and West Egg
     - Explain the Valley of Ashes Symbolism
     - Identify Character Perceptions of Gatsby
     - Analyze Owl Eyes Symbolism
     - Explain Gatsby's Background and Relationships
     - Analyze Quotes such as "They're such beautiful shirts..." 
     - Analyze Doctor T.J. Eckleburg and Eye Symbolism
     - Sort through Truth and Fiction
     - Analyze the Green Light Symbolism
     - Define and Identify Theme and Symbolism
     - Define and Identify the Relationship Between Theme and Symbolism
     - Debate What Makes a Classic Novel a Classic?
I have taught this novel every year that I professionally taught. I hope that students enjoy the powerful and exhilarating action novel of The Great Gatsby. It is something I have covered with sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and have covered this novel in several Socratic Seminar discussion-based courses in tutoring sessions and in classic novel studies on Outschool. I am attaching links to those classes here for access to those classes and reviews on them.
     - Tutoring: https://outschool.com/classes/individual-tutoring-high-school-english-7xt3oza8#usl0R3fRwf
     - Classic Literature Novel Studies: https://outschool.com/classes/classic-literature-novel-study-V9NC71b3?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Students will be asked to read the novel outside of class as we will not have time to read in class due to our discussions. If you have questions, please let me know!
Students will be asked to purchase the novel. The novel can be any edition although I have collected some options below in the following list. These link you to popular sites for purchase and reference. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Gatsby-F-Scott-Fitzgerald/dp/0743273567/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OLG8VU2VOTTA&dchild=1&keywords=the+great+gatsby&qid=1614742850&sprefix=the+great%2Caps%2C720&sr=8-1 Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-gatsby-francis-scott-fitzgerald/1116668135?ean=9780743273565 Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Great-Gatsby-Audiobook/B00BWYDMK8?qid=1614742809&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=C65XNN8FSPYR3C9VJTNZ
Essays and projects are available as extension projects, but I will not be asking students in class to complete any. If you are interested in any, please let me know and we can arrange for materials!
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Here is the CommonSenseMedia parental guide to the novel. It covers all topics that might be sensitive and gives reviews by both parents and students about the novel. If you have questions, please let me know as I am happy to address any questions or concerns that you might have. 
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-great-gatsby


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
857 total reviews
620 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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