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The "Secret Society" and FitzGerald's The Great Gatsby

"I have never been able to forgive the rich for being rich, and it has colored my entire life and works." This colored view is the focus of a close reading activity that asks readers of The Great Gatsby to examine the way Fitzgerald's descriptions build the tensions of wealth and status in the novel.   

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Crash Davis's credo from Bull Durham and The Apostles Creed may be used as examples of credos
Classroom Considerations

  • The activities presume a protocol has been established for a safe and respectful discussion of emotionally-charged issues
Pros

  • Links are provided to biographies, texts, and critical essays
Cons

  • Some of the exercises may not be appropriate for your classroom; therefore, preview and carefully consider how you will handle the discussions before launching the activities
Common Core

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