The Great Gatsby: What Makes a Book Great?

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Is The Great Gatsby great? Is James Gatz great? What makes a novel great? In the final session of a 10-lesson unit study of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, class members generate a list of the characteristics that make a work of literature great. In groups they then measure The Great Gatsby and other works against these criteria.

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Pros

  • Generating the list as a whole-class activity ensures that the criteria are discriminating
Cons

  • Although class time is set aside for the writing process, the essay assignment assumes that writers are very familiar with the process, know how to provide feedback, and edit other people's work