Lesson Plan

The Great Gatsby Interpretive Discussion

High Level Conversation about a Classic American Novel
Thomas F.
Classroom teacher
South Fayette High School
Mcdonald, United States
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My Grades 9, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts

Interpret and analyze a chapter from The Great Gatsby.

English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Conduct an agree/ disagree discussion with statements about wealth and happiness like:

Money can buy happiness.

It’s better not to get involved if you see something bad happening to someone you care about.

Old money is more powerful than new money.

It is never too late to turn you life around.

Anyone can achieve his or her dreams through hard work and determination.

Teacher can use Haiku Deck, an iPad, and Apple TV to display the statements for students to view while debating.

2 Direct Instruction

Using Goodnotes, an iPad, and an Apple TV, the teacher holds in his or her hands a powerful portable interactive whiteboard to make notes during an interpretive discussion of literature like The Great Gatsby to guide students' thinking.

3 Guided Practice

Students may use their own iPads in literature circle environments to take notes. Once the small group discussions are complete, they can project the synopses of their discussions on the Apple TV.

4 Independent Practice

Students can write on their iPads an idea that they took with them from the discussion.

5 Wrap-Up

If possible, students can take their iPad home and complete a reading journal for the next chapter of the novel.