The Great Gatsby: Biography

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Readers are introduced to biographical criticism in the opening lesson of a unit on The Great Gatsby. Class members listen to a 15-minute audio and read two articles that draw parallels between F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and the events and attitudes in his famous Jazz Age novel. Individuals then apply what they have learned to Fitzgerald's epigraph drawn from This Side of Paradise.

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Pros

  • To access the materials for the entire unit, download the attached zip file
  • Although the lessons can be used independently, for the greatest benefit, present them in order
Cons

  • Track one of the audio, 15-minutes long, ends with a musical interlude; no other signal is included before Track two begins
  • Consider crafting a listening guide to keep class members focused as they listen to the audio