Teaching The Great Gatsby: A Common Core Close Reading Seminar

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The 41 slides in a professional development seminar model how to use close reading techniques to examine the many layers of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. In addition to passages from the novel, slides provide biographical information about Fitzgerald, background information on American  anti-semitism sentiment, and the 1924 Immigration Restriction Act. Perfect for American Studies instructors or for launching a coordinated social studies and language arts unit.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the slide show to launch a planning session for a coordinated social studies and language arts study of the novel and the time period
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should be familiar with close reading discussion techniques
  • Presumes a protocol has been established for a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive and controversial issues
  • Selected passages for close reading show how the anti-semitism, racial prejudice, and anti-immigration attitudes of the times are reflected in the comments of the characters
Pros

  • The close reading strategy is used to examine passages from the novel, immigration statistics graphs, letters, and articles
Cons

  • None