The Great Gatsby Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
In this 5-week course, students will read and discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby #academic

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Week One Chapters 1-2
Week Two Chapters 3-4
Week Three Chapters 5-6
Week Four Chapter 7
Week Five Chapters 8-9
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for the past two years. I have been blessed to discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald in the classroom multiple times, including my own high school reading experience! I vividly remember by high school English teacher ranting about Fitzgerald's descriptions of East and West Egg and writing a lot of essays on his use of symbolism! (The billboard with the eyes will forever haunt me!) I reread this book as an adult and have watched the DiCaprio movie. I learn something new every time I am exposed to this story. It is an excellent book to discuss because there are so many lies, half-truths, and cover ups to analyze. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions and feelings Fitzgerald's images and descriptions stir up for them.
Homework Offered
Students will read approximately 30-40 pages a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, and trivia to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
Grades Offered
The students will need a copy of The Great Gatsby to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have while filling out their worksheets or working on their writing assignment. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
From The Great Gatsby is a romantic yet cynical novel about the wealth and habits of a group of New Yorkers during the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald pains a grim portrait of shallow characters who maneuver themselves into complex situations. This classic American novel is required reading for a lot of high school students, and it can be appreciated and understood on some levels by teenagers. However, Fitzgerald's use of language and symbolism is best appreciated by mature readers able to analyze literature and think critically. Parents also need to know that some characters express racial and religious prejudice. 

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Star Educator
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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weekly or $45 for 5 weeks
5 weeks

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 6 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 13-18
1-6 learners per class

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