Great Gatsby: Hexagonal Thinking Project w/ Mentor

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Microsoft PowerPoint file. Cover slide plus nine slides. I created this slide presentation as my first attempt at hexagonal thinking. For my first try, it worked really well… so I figured I might as well offer it here in case you’re looking for an easy way to try hexagonal thinking. This resource is specifically for The Great Gatsby but the general directions can be used with any text.

Also note: My students completed this project independently, but it could work with partners, small groups, etc.

Anyway, the nine slides include:

  • a colorful cover slide you can project as students enter your room
  • a two-page introduction to the concept of hexagonal thinking
  • a single slide of directions. I also printed off this slide as a handout for students to keep.
  • a slide with a variety of categories and concepts for students to choose from. I asked students to think of two to four of their own ideas. Kids will have fun bouncing their ideas off of you, so be ready!
  • MENTOR EXAMPLE! The next three slides contain a photo of my own hexagonal thinking map plus two slides of my written explanations for the connections I made. (Since hexagonal thinking was TOTALLY new to my students, I felt I needed to provide them some guidance on exactly what we were doing.)
  • a form that served as my rubric. It’s not a rubric in the traditional sense, but it will provide you with a good way to assess student work.
  • and finally, a sheet of three hexagon templates

If you need a resource to dip your toes into the hexagonal thinking pool, this should do the trick. It worked for me! Hexagonal thinking hits a ton of standards, so jump in… the water’s warm!

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