National Endowment for the Arts - The Big Read
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 Day class study of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.

Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.

Day One
Focus: Biography
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Arts and Culture
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Characters
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Symbols
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Themes of the Novel
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Book Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]


Handout 1: Prohibition [PDF]
Handout 2: Gatsby's Guide to Manhood [PDF]
Handout 3: Harlem in the Jazz Age [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

Page numbers refer to the Scribner 2004 edition of The Great Gatsby.

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