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



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 

Progeny Press' The Great Gatsby English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

Author Biography: Learn about F. Scott Fitzgerald and the fascinating background behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary: Boost your vocabulary through engaging activities designed to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore a wide array of literary techniques employed in The Great Gatsby, including character study, personification, imagery, allusion, symbolism, dramatic irony, tone analysis, grammatical change examination, paradox exploration, juxtaposition, Gothic imagery interpretation, title analysis, plot deconstruction, tragic flaw identification, and theme exploration.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Navigate themes such as the pursuit of pleasure, drawing inspiration from Ecclesiastes, establishing priorities, grappling with the aftermath of adultery, the internal conflict between yielding to temptation and choosing the path of righteousness, the repercussions of indulging in drunkenness, the core of genuine friendship and camaraderie, the dangers of succumbing to materialism, the pursuit of dreams, recognizing self-worth, navigating through naivety, grappling with the consequences of dwelling in the past, contemplating death, diverse perspectives on God, shaping life goals, embodying the ethos of the Good Samaritan, discovering solace in moments of sorrow, and the exploration of Christian aspirations in contrast to worldly desires.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from a variety of activities and writing assignments. From researching 1920s clothing design and textiles to creating designs or posters, delving into The Lost Generation, Prohibition, and the American Dream, tracking relationships, researching literary techniques and T.S. Eliot's analysis, exploring art imagery, studying biblical marriage, defining success and Kant's philosophies, and crafting essays on topics like the eyes of God, the use of color, character growth, and personal reactions to characters, these activities enrich understanding and engagement.
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 Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
#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

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.... :-)