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Great Gatsby, The (Novel) (Teacher Pack)

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This teaching unit focuses on one of the Great American Novels, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and takes students through a range of high-quality, engaging and impactful learning experiences to culminate in an analytical essay assessment task on one of the key concepts of the text.

The best part (in addition to the hours of preparation time you'll save!) is that these resources are ready for immediate download and use.

Contents (6 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):

  1. Teacher Guide (46-page PDF)
    • Unit overview
    • Learning Goals and Success Criteria
    • Suggested Lesson Outline
    • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
    • Analytical Essay writing/assessment information
  2. Student Booklet (41-page PDF and DOCX [suitable for Google Classroom])
    • Pre-reading activities – Your beliefs and The American Dream
    • Introduction to the novel – F Scott Fitzgerald, context, genre (the Great American Novel)
    • Representations, interpreting texts and literary devices
    • Reading the novel – chapter templates and setting activity
    • Character close-up – Daisy
    • Character close-up – Gatsby
    • Character close-up and Foil – Daisy/Tom vs Myrtle/George
    • Literary devices in detail
    • Symbolism activities (including colour symbolism)
    • Post-reading activities – the world's most misunderstood novel and perspective of Daisy
    • Close analysis – The American Dream
    • Analytical Essay writing
      • Analytical essay structure
      • Approaching the question – strategy
      • Writing the contention
      • Writing the introduction
      • Writing body paragraphs
      • Writing the conclusion
    • Assessment task – analytical essay response
      • Task options and conditions
      • Essay writing reminders and Possible sentence starters
      • Analytical Essay template
      • Analytical Essay checklist
    • Additional resources
  3. Teaching PowerPoint/Keynote Presentation (46-slide PPTX and KEY [for macOS users])
    • Discussion starters 1 & 2
    • Introduction to the novel – F Scott Fitzgerald, context, plot, genre (the Great American Novel)
    • Representations, interpreting texts and literary devices
    • Character close-up – Daisy
    • Formative writing task – Daisy
    • Character close-up – Gatsby
    • Character foil – Daisy/Tom vs Myrtle/George
    • Symbolism in the novel
    • Colour symbolism
    • Close-up on the American Dream
    • Close analysis – Chapter 9 – ideas, devices and sample paragraph
    • Analytical Essay writing – cognitive verb 'analyse', analytical essay structure, approaching the question, writing contention, introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion (including answers/samples - see separately included 'Sample Essay – Wealth' for complete sample response)
    • The Writing Process
  4. Sample Essay – Wealth – complete sample essay response for Practice Question (2-page PDF; 970 words)

Unit duration: 30+ lessons (including assessment)

Curriculum links:

The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following areas within the Australian Curriculum:

  • English (Years 11–12)

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates to the following General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Literacy


  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single ZIP file (3× PDFs, 1× DOCX, 1× PPTX, 1× KEY)
  • Professionally designed by an experienced educator
  • Highly visual and engaging
  • Suited to all learners
  • Crisp, clean layouts
  • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources

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