The Great Gatsby

What’s Up with Meyer Wolfsheim?

Three Articles to Explore Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby Even though I’ve taught The Great Gatsby only twice, I have done quite a lot of writing about Fitzgerald’s many-layered masterpiece. If you pull down to The Great Gatsby on my Blog menu at the top of this page, you’ll find upwards of fourteen posts…

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Baz Luhrman’s Great Gatsby: Chapter 2 Problems

Use this post to decide for yourself what to skip and what to show your students from Ch. 2 of Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby.

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Hexagonal Thinking and The Great Gatsby

My first attempt with hexagonal thinking Dear Teacher-Friends: If you’re here for Part 2 of my “Teaching the Sonnet” post, please bear with me. I am still in the process of obtaining permission from a few students to post their wonderful sonnets. As soon as I have those permissions rounded up, I will publish that…

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Gatsby Text Pairing: John Green’s “Our Capacity for Wonder”

If Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is your favorite novel to teach, here’s a new essay from John Green you need to either read or listen to.

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Elizabeth Holmes and Jay Gatsby

This article is almost too good to be true. I mean, how often do you find an article about a current news topic that ALSO contains multiple allusions to a novel you’re reading with your classes???

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

understanding of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” then try this simple activity as a culminating project.

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Sketchnotes: The Great Gatsby & Rhapsody in Blue

My students experienced George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the last class period before Christmas break. It’s a great Jazz Age musical tie-in with The Great Gatsby.

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New Great Gatsby Lesson Ideas and Resources

This week, I’m sharing links to all nine of my Gatsby posts I published this summer. Plan to see more this fall since I don’t see my crush ending any time soon!

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Movie Captions and Text Create Unique Poems

When text passages from a novel mingle with captions or subtitles from its accompanying movie, interesting things happen. Here’s what I mean: I always watch movies with the subtitles on. It helps me catch every word of dialogue and also catch every nuance given through the sound effects.

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A New Text Pairing for The Great Gatsby

Leslie Odom, Jr., self-improvement, and the American Dream Need an informational text to pair with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby? A text that offers real-life tips your students can apply to their lives? Earlier this month, I discovered a non-fiction book that adds contemporary relevance to Jay Gatsby’s Jazz Age motivations while also serving…

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Create context for Gatsby with “Cosmopolis” documentary

Before you even mention to your students that they’ll be reading The Great Gatsby in your classes, know that they will have probably at least heard of it. But that’s about all. Use this @RicBurnsFilms video and viewing guide to build context.

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Race, Class, and Music in The Great Gatsby

Dive into the music of Gatsby. I found this awesome article, “Race, Class, and Music in The Great Gatsby” that I’m reblogging below in this post.

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Switch Up Sketchnotes to Engage Distracted Students

I love sketchnotes. They’re engaging, colorful, and creative, and allow me to make illustrative connections while I listen to a book. But here’s the thing: I’m not a very good listener. I need to carefully concentrate on the words I’m hearing or my mind wanders to whatever’s going on in the hall, outside the window, or just inside my head. So even though I’m a huge fan of sketchnotes, sometimes I need a more passive kind of sketchnotes… sketchnotes that keep me engaged, but still able to focus on the text so I can create meaningful notes and doodles that will ultimately aid understanding and retention of the content.

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Seven Articles to Pair with The Great Gatsby

During this quick (and my first!) attempt at teaching Gatsby, I’m feverishly collecting notes and jotting down ideas for my teaching of it next year. Here are three articles to check out for your next Gatsby unit.

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The Great Gatsby 2013 Film Chapter Breakdown (updated 1/31/22)

While planning lessons a few days ago, I wanted to know exactly how Baz Luhrman’s Gatsby aligns with the novel. To find out, I watched the movie with novel in hand. Here’s the chapter breakdown.

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Three Poems to Pair with The Great Gatsby

Have you ever wanted a few poems to pair with The Great Gatsby? Y’know, a few good, not-too-longish poems to work as bell-ringers, if needed, or add-on texts to supplement literary analysis essays?

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