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The Great Gatsby
SUBJECTS — U.S. 1913 - 1929 & New York; Literature;
Literary Devices: symbol, imagery, motif, flashback, characterization;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
2000 Version: Age: 14+; Not Rated; Drama; 100 minutes; Color.
1974 Version: Age: 14+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 144 minutes; Color.
A film version of The Great Gatsy, shown after students have read the book, will supplement the novel's lessons and can serve as an integral part of a Gatsby unit. For readers who need help comprehending the novel, the film can be used in snippets to support comprehension, promote empathic response to the characters, emphasize the literary elements of the story, and explore theme.
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The Great Gatsby is assigned reading for many high school English classes.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below the Quick Discussion Question from the Learning Guide to The Great Gatsby.
QUICK DISCUSSION QUESTION: Why did Nick say that Gatsby "turned out alright in the end" and was "worth the whole damned bunch put together" even though Nick "disapproved of him from beginning to end"? Do you agree or disagree? Explain your reasons for this conclusion.
Suggested Response: Fitzgerald tells us what he thinks at the beginning of the book. Gatsby had "an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness . . . ." Page 2. There are also other ways to say it. Some will assert that Nick admired Gatsby for his willingness to change his entire life for Daisy, the woman he genuinely loved. He was faithful to Daisy and even willing to take responsibility for the hit-and-run automobile accident. Some might disagree with this overall positive evaluation because Gatsby was a bootlegger and a stock swindler focused on material possessions and willling to use people to get what he wanted. All well-supported responses are valid.
The Learning Guide to the film The Great Gatsby contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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