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The Great Gatsby Unit Plan | Entire Novel Study

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This resource includes an ANTICIPATION GUIDE (pre-reading activity) for the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

An anticipation guide is a comprehension strategy that is used BEFORE reading to activate students’ prior knowledge and build curiosity about a new topic.

In this lesson, students will respond to several claims by indicating if they agree or disagree with that said statement. Next, students will work collaboratively in groups to answer related discussion questions to further build anticipation about the novel before reading.

Are you looking for pre-reading activities for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Why not pay homage to the beautiful artwork of Spanish artist Francis Cugat who painted the original cover of the novel The Great Gatsby!?

Have students analyze the text and graphics of the famous artwork; they will literally judge a book by its cover by answering questions about the emotions and associations they think of while looking at the image. Then, students should make predictions about what the story will be about.

This activity is fun and engaging for students! It’s a great reading strategy to build anticipation prior to a novel study on the American novel The Great Gatsby.

This resource includes guided notes for Background Information for the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby background info is essential for students to learn and be familiar with before reading the novel!

The focus of this lesson entails a brief history of the 1920s to include the following topics: author background, setting of The Great Gatsby, 1920s culture, the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, the economic boom, gender roles, racism, prohibition, modernism, art deco, new money vs old money, social class, the Harlem Renaissance, post-war era, the Lost Generation, organized crime, and the American Dream.

Before reading the novel The Great Gatsby, teach your students about the author, the setting, society, and culture of the 1920s to ensure they truly understand the prominent themes in the novel.

In this lesson, your students with be engaged as they take notes from a Powerpoint presentation and answer questions using the accommodating worksheet provided.

Students will answer questions along the way that create personal connections to the time period of the 1920s.

Have your students create a collaborative poster and learn about F. Scott Fitzgerald in a fun, engaging way!

Your students will create an author biography by researching F. Scott Fitzgerald and establishing his profile on a poster.

Students will learn about Fitzgerald and his body of work as a legendary author.

This goes perfectly for any novel study on The Great Gatsby!

Additionally, they will learn the importance of collaboration and effective communication.

Project Steps:

1) To construct the author study poster, your students will work in groups to conduct research on Fitzgerald.

2) Students will then transfer their findings to boxes on the poster.

3) Next, they will work together to color or paint the pieces of the poster.

4) Lastly, students will tape together the final product.

The poster is made up of six pieces of paper, which can be printed on regular copy paper or card stock.

Once taped together, the final product will be 28″ x 15″ and can last a lifetime if you laminate it!

This resource includes the following:

  • Step by Step Student Directions (PDF & editable word document)
  • Author Study Project Rubric (PDF & editable word document)
  • Author Study Graphic Organizer for Students (PDF & editable word document)
  • 6 Blank Coloring Pages that come together as one beautiful poster (PDFs)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Author Study Answer Key
  • Example of Final Project: Completed Text & Fully Colored Body

This resource includes a fun, engaging activity that will get your students talking about The Great Gatsby before reading the novel! This pre-reading activity for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald consists of over 20 classic “Would You Rather” questions.

The questions are all closely related to themes, motifs, and events directly from the novel—but without any spoilers! For example… Would you rather: marry someone rich OR make your own fortune??

Your students will be able to personally connect with the text, make predictions, and build anticipation before completing a novel study on the famous American novel The Great Gatsby!

This resource entails 90 academic words defined: Vocab Lists & Quizzes for All 9 Chapters! All The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald vocabulary resources you need in one place!

Included in this resource The Great Gatsby Vocabulary:

1. Powerpoint presentation with 90 words—and their definitions—from The Great Gatsby.

2. Graphic organizers for students to record all definitions as well as write their own.

3. Teacher answer key for all 90 words.

4. Three quizzes: 30 words each, separated by every 3 chapters.

5. Answer keys for quizzes.

Make sure your students are completing their independent reading for the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald with these quick Reading Checks or Chapter Quizzes! This product works well if your students are reading independently or if you are reading as a class and you want to ensure students are paying attention! 🙂

These questions require brief responses; they are recall questions that are meant to be easy to remember for anyone who has completed the reading. This is a tool used simply to check that students are completing the independent reading, comprehending the basic information, and/or are engaged during class.

The reading checks are divided by every individual chapter (9 chapters altogether). There are two different versions of every set of questions (a & b). This is so you can use different quizzes for different classes and avoid cheating (students talk and share answers).

This product includes a Powerpoint presentation as well as printable worksheets that are meant to be cut in half and distributed to students (optional).

To administer quizzes:

  • project the questions on your board for students to see
  • have students use scrap paper or lined paper to write their answers down (or print the worksheets included)
  • when everyone is done, have students grade each other’s answers by switching papers in class
  • review the correct answers out loud and project them on the board
  • collect graded quizzes

Teacher answer keys included!

The Great Gatsby Chapter Activities — Chapter by Chapter Literary Analysis & Text-Dependent Reading Questions!

This resource includes literary analysis, reading comprehension, and discussion-type questions for all nine chapters of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as 10 after reading discussion questions.

As your students read the novel The Great Gatsby, chapter by chapter, have them digest, analyze, and discuss the important scenes and literary elements Fitzgerald demonstrates.

There are 10 questions per chapter, plus 10 after reading questions, totaling in 100 awesome questions in this product! Thorough answer keys are included.

You can print this resource as one all-encompassing packet or you can provide students worksheets one chapter at a time.

Students will analyze point of view, theme, imagery, symbolism, irony, and more with this lesson.

This Imagery Project is an after reading activity based on the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

For this project, students will carefully select a scene from the novel The Great Gatsby that is filled with imagery. Students will illustrate and analyze the scene. To analyze the scene, students will pick out textual evidence that appeals to the five senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, and sound. Students will describe the effect the descriptive language has on the reader and the overall mood of the scene. Student’s must also explain Fitzgerald’s purpose for the use of imagery in the scene.

For this after reading activity based on the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, students will write an obituary for Jay Gatsby using characterization skills.

If you are looking for engaging after reading activities for The Great Gatsby, this writing task provides students an opportunity to analyze Jay Gatsby’s character in an interesting way! Students will discuss Jay Gatsby’s history, his accomplishments, his personality, and more, all in a well-written tribute to his memory.

Have your students analyze characters from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby in a fun and engaging way: Character Collabs!

Your students will use several characterization methods to depict each character’s profile, demonstrate their understanding of the literature, and present their final work on a poster.

Posters will showcase your students’ body of work after completing each character’s biography.

Additionally, students will learn the importance of collaboration and effective communication.

There are seven characters included in this resource:

  • Nick Carraway
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Tom Buchanan
  • Jay Gatsby
  • Jordan Baker
  • Myrtle Wilson
  • George Wilson

Project Steps:

1) To construct each poster, your students will work in groups to analyze their specific character.

2) Students will then transfer their findings to boxes on each poster.

3) Next, they will work together to color the pieces of the posters.

4) Lastly, students will tape together the final products.

Each poster is made up of six pieces of paper, which can be printed on regular copy paper or card stock.

Once taped together, each final product will be 28″ x 15″.

This resource includes the following:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Student Directions
  • Rubric
  • Brainstorm Character Analysis Worksheet
  • Blank Coloring Pages for each character
  • Answer Keys
  • Example of Final Project for Jay Gatsby
  • Digitally Colored Examples for every character
  • Editable documents: directions, rubric, brainstorm worksheet

After reading the beloved American novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, have your students reexamine the most important quotes and dialogue throughout the book.

In this lesson, students will first identify 10 popular quotes by their speaker. Next, students will take a closer look at 25 quotes from all nine chapters of The Great Gatsby. Students will analyze these quotes for their meaning and significance by answering open-ended questions pertaining to each quote.

This activity is a great addition to any novel study of The Great Gatsby and a nice review for after reading! Detailed answer key included.

In this resource, students will conduct a literary analysis of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and write a TDA Essay using textual evidence to support their responses.

There are TWO writing options students can choose from for this Response to Literature/TDA essay.

Included in this product you will get one copy of the following each as PDFs (ready to print) as well as one copy of the following each as WORD Documents (as to be editable for teachers).

  • Essay Prompts for two different topics on the novel The Great Gatsby
  • Two Prewriting Graphic Organizers for students to brainstorm ideas, thesis, examples, and textual evidence
  • TDA Essay Rubric broken down into categories: content, focus, organization, style, conventions, and format

Teach your students about the Symbols/Symbolism and Colors in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In this resource, you will get a Powerpoint lesson that is 58 slides, filled with information, quotes, examples, and photos to help your students analyze the important symbols and colors in the novel.

Below is a list of symbols your students will analyze:

  • Daisy
  • Dan Cody’s Yacht
  • Gatsby’s Shirts
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • New York City
  • Valley of Ashes
  • Wolfsheim’s Cufflinks
  • Time
  • Gatsby’s Uncut Books
  • The Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg
  • West Egg and East Egg
  • Gatsby’s Car
  • Gatsby’s Mansion
  • Rain
  • Gatsby’s Bedroom
  • Gatsby’s Swimming Pool
  • The Green Blinking Light on Daisy’s Dock


  • White
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Yellow

This lesson is great for cooperative learning and group work. Instructions for a jigsaw activity are included (optional).

In addition to the Powerpoint presentation, you will receive two graphic organizer options and an answer key.

Your students are going to love The Great Gatsby Digital Escape Room! Students will decipher and solve puzzles in this dramatic, backyard pool scene from the novel. In this 360° digital escape room, students will try to evade the police and enter Gatsby’s mansion to pack a get away bag!

This activity is designed to work for a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Students will solve a series of clues based on the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in order to crack the master lock and escape the premises.

This game entails reading comprehension skills, finding textual evidence, and making inferences. Watch the preview video to get a closer look of what this resource entails.

Included in this download are teacher instructions, student instructions (digital), the master lock graphic organizer, answer keys, and a reflection sheet (optional).

PLEASE READ: While using this resource, you must have a wi-fi connection and the ability to access the following sites: Google Forms and Please check that these websites are not blocked by your district’s filter before purchasing. Your students do not need to have a Google account.

This resource includes The Great Gatsby Final Unit Test with a Study Guide for Review and Answer Keys!

This test, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, requires students to demonstrate what they learned from the novel and their overall comprehension of the book. (Answer key included)

This exam consists of 68 questions and offers students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of ways, to include:

  • multiple choice questions
  • true or false
  • short answer (1-2 sentences)
  • character identification (with word bank)
  • extended response (5 sentences or more)

Also included in this product is an accommodating study guide that closely mirrors the expectations of the test. (Answer key included)

Additionally, I provide an “answer sheet” for any teachers that prefer students to not write on the actual tests because it is quicker to grade multiple choice questions with answer sheets. Answer sheets are completely optional!

The Great Gatsby Movie Guide worksheet is an in-depth Film Analysis and Book Comparison based on the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

This exercise is meant for students to analyze the film as well as specific decisions made by the director. Students will also be required to input personal opinions regarding the movie, such as cast and music choice.

Answer guide included!

Have your students share their unique understanding of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald by imaginatively blending their written ideas with colorful images based on information from the text.

With this one-pager reading comprehension project, students will analyze the literature by determining theme, symbolism, characterization, point of view, setting, important quotes and more. Students’ artwork make for unique and creative analyses of the literature and also make great bulletin boards! This is the perfect project for students to work on at the end of a novel study and to summarize their thoughts/ideas about the book.

Included in this purchase is:

  • Student directions for the one pager summary project
  • Rubric for the one pager project
  • Example one-pager based on the novel The Great Gatsby
  • 10 BLANK TEMPLATES (printable—optional)

This resource includes FIVE FULL WEEKS of content for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald!

Additionally, in this UNIT PLAN BUNDLE, you will receive a teacher guide that encompasses an example Unit Schedule/Pacing Guide!

Lessons Included in this Bundle:

  • Anticipation Guide and Questions
  • Judge The Book by its Cover Before Reading
  • Background Info on 1920s, the American Dream, the Roaring Twenties culture, and F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Would You Rather Pre-Reading Game
  • Vocabulary For Every Chapter with Quizzes
  • Reading Checks/Quizzes for All 9 Chapters
  • Imagery and Descriptive Language Project
  • Obituary for Jay Gatsby Project
  • Character Analysis and Characterization Activity
  • Important Quotes Explanation and Analysis
  • Reading Questions for Every Chapter
  • TDA Essay Prompt and Rubric
  • Symbols and Colors Powerpoint Lesson
  • Digital Escape Room Reading Comprehension Game
  • Study Guide and Final Test
  • Movie Guide and Comparison Worksheet (Baz Luhrmann Film, 2013)
  • One Pager Creative Project

1 thought on “The Great Gatsby Unit Plan | Entire Novel Study”

  1. This unit is awesome! It is well designed and includes everything that I wanted to include in my personal unit plus the ancillary materials that I will not have to make myself. Thank you!!

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