The Great Gatsby and the Sense of Taste: Character Recipe Cards

Even characters in a play are what they eat! Elements such as inner thoughts, reactions of others, and style of clothing all reveal aspects of a character, but what does the food they eat say about them? Explore the characters from The Great Gatsby in a unique way through a lesson that describes them using a culinary perspective. The lesson culminates in a creative recipe card activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in samples of recipe cards so learners see their structure and components
  • Download and review the slideshow and graphic organizer before beginning
  • Check for allergies before bringing in food for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a significant amount of pre-teaching and understanding elements of taste and recipe development before getting to character analysis
Pros
  • Includes examples from popular novels, such as Harry Potter, to help pique interest in activity
  • Uses a multi-sensory approach to connect with different learning styles
Cons