Informational texts and literature to accompany F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran and Midwestern transplant, settles in Long Island's West Egg village in the summer of 1922. While there, Nick meets his extravagant neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Jay is still desperately in love with his former flame (and Nick's cousin), Daisy Fay Buchanan, who is now married and living near Gatsby's mansion. Nick surreptitiously arranges a meeting between Nick and Daisy and, in doing so, inserts himself in the middle of marital conflict, bizarre individual behavior, and illegal activity. The Great Gatsby exaggerates the lifestyles of the Eastern elite in the midst of the Roaring '20s and explores ideas about community, money, greed, and individual responsibility.
Additional Reading Practice
- My Song Is "My Weapon" (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Scraping By: What You Need to Know about the Minimum Wage (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- The Grim Economics of Food Stamps (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- World War I Let Artists Show How It Changed Our Lives (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- The Necklace (Grade 8; CCSS.RL.8.2; CCSS.W.8.1)
- A Pair of Silk Stockings (Grade 9; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Multiday Short Fiction: A White Heron (Grade 10; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- The Bet (Grade 11; CCSS.RL.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- Poetry: I Dwell in Possibility (Grade 12; CCSS.RL.11-12.4; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Communities: How do poets use language to help their communities understand and appreciate their experiences and values in ways no one else can?
- Money and Decisions: How does money affect our moral decision-making?