Day 1

The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Scene setting

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Work


    To understand the importance of the central settings to the structure of the novel, and to organize students' understanding of the world of Gatsby

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 ; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5


    The first two chapters of the novel introduce all but one of the primary settings of the novel:

    - Nick's cottage

    - the Buchanans' house

    - Wilson's garage

    - New York City interiors

    The only important setting not yet visited, conspicuously, is Gatsby's mansion.

    Divide the class into four groups, and assign each group one of the four settings. Each group should develop a list...

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