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Experience the rise and fall of mankind through a series of events that ultimately lead to a tragic end. Encourage students to make connections between the novel and real life through discussion questions and writing prompts. Students brainstorm the different themes that may be presented prior to reading the novel. Use evidence from the text to explain how Nick describes Myrtle's sister. Complete sentences from the story with their missing vocabulary words. Research the real-life scandal of the 1919 World Series touched on in the novel, and explain the social and cultural impacts this event had in the United States. Pick up Nick's story five years after the events in the novel and discuss where Nick would be and what he would be doing. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
About the Novel: The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a story about a man prospering from the Jazz Age, and his inevitable downfall. Told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, we are introduced to his mysterious neighbor—Jay Gatsby—who spends every evening throwing lavish parties. One such night, Nick is extended an invitation. There, we learn of Gatsby's intention of using Nick to facilitate a reunion between Gatsby and his lost love, Daisy Buchanan. Daisy, who lives across the lake in the house with the green light at the end of the dock, also happens to be Nick's cousin. Daisy and Gatsby's reunion leads to a tragic love affair that changes the lives of each character forever.