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The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

TES English Collection

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.

Print-based Resources
Free teaching resources, worksheets and activities on The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Teaching pack overview

Introduction & contents

F. Scott Fitzgerald

His life, work & place in American literature

Context

Post-war America in the 1920s

The Jazz Age & its impact on high society

Narrative

Chapter summaries

Suggested activities

Chapter-by-chapter

Character

Analysis of the key characters

Characters linked to ideas & themes

Themes

The American Dream: it’s hope and failure

Ambition & aspiration

Decadence and materialism

Perception & artifice

Self-perception & ego

Form, Structure, Language and Style

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

Exam Preparation & Revision

Preparing for the examination

Keeping Track - plot

Keeping Track - themes, symbols & motifs

Keeping Track - language

Keeping Track - general revision

‘Show Me’ Videos

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.