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Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby

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Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Twelve 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jacqueline Podolski

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Art and Imagery of The Great Gatsby

Students explore The Great Gatsby's allusion to art and its use of visual imagery and conclude their study by designing their own cover for the novel.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 26

Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.

Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 24

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was born in 1896.

After reading The Great Gatsby, students work in pairs, select a chapter from the novel, and rewrite it from the point of view of a different character.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Walk with Light: Guiding Students through the Conventions of Literary Analysis

Burdan shares some common misconceptions surrounding literary analysis and describes activities that help students understand "the play of language."


Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

The Great Gatsby in the Classroom: Searching for the American Dream

Veteran high school English teacher David Dowling demonstrates how teachers can help students connect The Great Gatsby to the value systems of the twenty-first century, offering active reading and thinking strategies designed to enhance higher-level thinking and personal responses to fiction.


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