Great Gatsby, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 10-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: New England, 1920s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 72 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10-11 weeks

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#43 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200). Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Century. One of the New York Public Library’s Books of the Century, one of TIME Magazine’s all-time 100 novels, #51 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English, #48 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time, The Great American Read #15 (Top 100), Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.

Having recently returned from military duty overseas during the Great War, Nick Carraway is restless and tired of his provincial life in the Midwest. He moves East to get into the bond market and soon finds himself living among the idle rich on Long Island. Nick reacquaints himself with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, and through them he meets the "incurably dishonest" Miss Baker, for whom he begins to develop a romantic interest. Nick soon learns of Daisy's deep unhappiness and Tom's affair with Myrtle Wilson, a married woman.

Before long, Nick is drawn inextricably into their lives and to one man who still believes in the American Dream—Jay Gatsby. As Nick and Gatsby are carried along by forces that neither of them fully controls or understands, they will experience the consequences of materialism, deceit, and petty self-interest.

Content Warning: Mature Themes 

Through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of wealth and excess, The Great Gatsby, students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn about F. Scott Fitzgerald and the fascinating background behind the author and novel.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: Character study, personification, imagery, allusion, symbolism, dramatic irony, tone, grammatical change analysis, paradox, juxtaposition, Gothic imagery, title analysis, plot, tragic flaw, theme.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Ecclesiastes and the pursuit of pleasure, priorities, adultery, struggle between temptation and doing what is right, drunken foolishness, true friendship, camaraderie, materialism, pursuing dreams, self-worth, naivety, living in the past, death, view of God, life goals, Good Samaritan, comfort in sorrow, Christian hopes vs. worldly hopes.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Research 1920s clothing design and textiles and create designs or posters, research: The Lost Generation, Prohibition, the American Dream, materialism, track relationships, literary technique research, T.S. Eliot analysis, art imagery, biblical marriage study, define success, Kant’s philosophies, essays: eyes of God, use of color, compare and contrast, character growth, personal reactions to characters.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
New England, USA, 1920s
American Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
82 pages
Study Guide Author:
Calvin Roso
For the Book By:
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Myra G. on 6th Sep 2016


    the author's style of writing

    The book author's style of writing is hard to understand.

  • Posted by Byrle L. on 9th May 2016


    Such an important resource

    It's important to have a biblically based discussion approach when teaching The Great Gatsby. These are great questions that cover the important literary teaching points as well and also examine the worldview of the author and the characters.

  • Posted by Monique B. on 12th Nov 2014


    Exactly what I was looking

    Exactly what I was looking for! My 12th grade daughter read The Great Gatsby 'for fun' and I remembered that Progeny Press had a guide for it, so I ordered it for her. She is enjoying this guide so much! It's her favorite part of her schoolwork right now! I am already considering which guide to order next.... :-)