The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

This The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View lesson plan also includes:

Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After finishing the first two chapters, class members are asked to consider what they have learned about Carraway, his veracity, and the influence his background has on his narration. The whole class then brainstorms how the tale would be different if told from Daisy's perspective before individuals draft several pages in Daisy's voice. The third in a series of a 10-lesson unit on The Great Gatsby.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • The exercise draws attention to the importance of Nick's role in the story
  • The full-class discussion of Daisy's point of view scaffolds for the writing exercise
Cons

  • Because each lesson builds on activities and information discussed in previous exercises, the series would work best if used in order