Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 1

A passage from The Great Gatsby is used to launch a series of skill-building activities that can be used to introduce close reading strategies. Groups practice crafting text-dependent questions, theme statements, and conclusions, as opposed to summaries. Richly detailed and carefully crafted, the plan is the first of a three-part series focused on building skill in reading complex text.

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Pros

  • Consider assigning the passage as homework the day before this activity and asking individuals to draw a bird's eye view of East and West Egg based on Fitzgerald's description
  • The skill-building exercises can be easily incorporated into any unit using The Great Gatsby as a core text
  • Links to all required materials are included
Cons

  • None