Great Gatsby PBL Intro

Great Gatsby PBL
Driving Question: How can we create a study guide that our peers can use that analyzes the literary elements and
historical context of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby?
Scenario: Your group has been hired by Sparknotes to create a study guide that explores the various literary elements
and historical context within the classic novel The Great Gatsby.
Requirements/ Checkpoints:
 Each week you will be responsible for reading three chapters from The Great Gatsby. On the third of each
block day that you meet you will be required to submit (through GOOGLE DRIVE) various chapter activities
that are listed below. These checkpoints are not only an assessment of your knowledge, they are also meant
to help you create your study guide.
 You are NOT to look at any type of study guide or document that helps analyze the book. This includes but is
not limited to: Sparknotes, Cliffsnotes,, etc. If any member of your group utilizes one of these
resources, your group will receive a “0” for the overall project.
The chapter activities are as follows:
These should be completed in a Google doc that will be shared with both Mrs. Bailin and Ms. Nelson. If you have Mr.
Davis or Mr. Thomas, please check with them regarding the submission.
Content Knowledge: Take notes on setting, characterization, conflicts, and theme.
Writing Skills: Select an excerpt and analyze the language of the passage
Use of Resources: Take notes on a historical reference that relates to a person, event, place, or detail from
the chapter.
Professional Communication: Create an original visual that corresponds to the context or action of the
chapter (This cannot be a visual that is copied from Google images or any other web picture service. You
can either electronically draw the image or do it on paper.)
Teamwork: Create a collaboration chart of the work performed by each member of the group
Work Ethic: Write a daily reflection of what skills and content were learned from each chapter
The following is an outline of the due dates for each chapter:
 January 30/February 2: Chapters 1-3 Activities
 February 9/10: Chapters 4-6 Activities
 February 17/18: Final Product Submission