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The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald Teaching Resources

Resources | Published 26 November, 2010

AQA English Literature (Specification B): Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

TES English

From TES English, free teaching resources, worksheets, activities and ‘Show Me’ videos on The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. This resource pack has been specifically developed for AQA English Literature (Specification B): Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative. However, it can be used and adapted across all of the awarding bodies for which the text is on the syllabus. It is designed to give teachers and students both an overview of the novel, its characters and themes, as well as more focused analysis of key passages. Furthermore, it should support students in approaching exam style questions with specific reference to the Assessment Objectives.

Teaching Context in The Great Gatsby

Post-war America in the 1920s

The Jazz Age & its impact on high society

Teaching Narrative in The Great Gatsby

Chapter summaries

Teaching Suggested activities in The Great Gatsby

Chapter-by-chapter

Teaching Character in The Great Gatsby

Analysis of the key characters

Characters linked to ideas & themes

Teaching Themes in The Great Gatsby

The American Dream: it’s hope and failure

Ambition & aspiration

Decadence and materialism

Perception & artifice

Self-perception & ego

Teaching Form, Structure, Language and Style in The Great Gatsby

First person & issues of narration / narrative voice in the text

Influence of the Jazz Age on the language & structure of the novel

Motifs within the novel

Setting within the novel

Teaching Exam Preparation & Revision in The Great Gatsby

Preparing for the examination

Keeping Track - plot

Keeping Track - themes, symbols & motifs

Keeping Track - language

Keeping Track - general revision

Teaching ‘Show Me’ Videos in The Great Gatsby

From SCC English a selection of ‘Show Me’ audio and video teaching resources. Close analysis of selected extracts from the text.

Gatsby’s mansion

  • A close analysis of Nick Carraway’s first description of Jay Gatsby’s house (video and audio).

The Buchanans’ mansion

  • Close analysis of Nick Carraway’s first visit to Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s house on East Egg in The Great Gatsby.

The Valley of Ashes

  • A close annotated analysis of the moment in The Great Gatsby when Nick Carraway describes the ‘Valley of Ashes’ for the first time.

Myrtle Wilson’s apartment

  • A close analysis (video and audio) of the scene in The Great Gatsby when Nick Carraway gets drunk in New York City, and Tom Buchanan breaks Myrtle Wilson’s nose.

Gatsby’s parties

  • This key moment from The Great Gatsby comes from the start of Chapter 3, when Nick Carraway describes the extravagance of his neighbour’s parties.

Nick Carraway’s first meeting with Jay Gatsby

  • This is a close analysis (video and audio) of the moment when Nick Carraway meets his mysterious neighbour Jay Gatsby for the first time.

Gatsby and Daisy meet again

  • A close analysis of the moment in The Great Gatsby when Nick Carraway is present for the first meeting between Gatsby and Daisy at his house [video & audio]

Daisy and Tom at Gatsby’s party

  • A close analysis of the moment in ‘The Great Gatsby’ when Tom and Daisy Buchanan go to their neighbour Gatsby’s extravagant party [audio and video]

Gatsby’s despair about Daisy

  • A close analysis by annotation of the moment in The Great Gatsby when Gatsby despairs about a possible reunion with Daisy Buchanan [audio and video].

Tom triumphs over Gatsby

  • A video/audio annotation of the moment in The Great Gatsby when it becomes clear that Tom Buchanan has won Daisy for good.

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