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1) Read the novel excerpts and the related texts together in groups or as a class

2) Clarify meaning in groups or as a class. Student/Teacher reads. Student summarizes

3) In pairs or in groups, discuss the textual content and quotations

4) In pairs or in groups, discuss the conversation questions (include your own questions)

5) As a class, take turns using the conversation questions to expand your ideas

Novels 105 ~ The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald ~

Courtesy of  Sparknotes


I hope she¡¯ll be a fool—that¡¯s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father¡¯s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


That¡¯s my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that¡¯s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby



Click here for Author¡¯s Biography, Plot Overview, and Explanation of Quotes courtesy of Sparknotes


~ General Conversation Questions ~


Group A


1) The American (USA) dream is a common notion in that country. What does it mean to you?

2) Can you describe the present economic situation in your country? How is it compared to the past?

3) What do people in your country aspire to become? What is your country¡¯s "dream"? Is it yours?

4) There is a focus on wealth and power versus poverty. Is this a problem in your country? Explain.

5) Has your country ever had a class system? What is it based on? Does it help or hurt? Tell.


Group B


1) The main character has been denied the love of his life. Do you know of any similar kind of  story?

2) Can wealth make people happy? Does it depend on how they get it. How important is it to you?

3) The narrator is from the Midwest. What do you know about America (US)? Have you been there? Tell.

4) The narrator empathizes with Gatsby. Why do you think this is the case? Would you do the same?

5) It appears, in the end, after all his efforts, Gatsby has failed. Can you explain this? Tell.


Challenge: Make your own follow-up questions and discuss them.




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