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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American literature to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American literature to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Main Characters

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Nick Carraway

    The narrator, a young man in the bonds business

  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Jay Gatsby

    The wealthy protagonist living in a mansion

  • Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Daisy Buchanan

    Nick’s cousin, whom Gatsby loves

  • Tom Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Tom Buchanan

    Daisy’s wealthy husband

  • Jordan Baker from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Jordan Baker

    Daisy’s friend, whom Nick becomes romantically involved with

  • Myrtle Wilson from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Myrtle Wilson

    Tom’s mistress

  • George Wilson from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    George Wilson

    Myrtle’s husband, the owner of a run-down auto shop in the valley of ashes

  • Owl Eyes from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Owl Eyes

    The bespectacled drunk whom Nick meets at Gatsby’s party

  • Klipspringer from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Klipspringer

    The man who seems almost to live at Gatsby’s mansion, taking advantage of him

  • Meyer Wolfsheim from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Meyer Wolfsheim

    Gatsby’s friend, involved in organized crime

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Chandelier
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  • Chandelier
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  • Glass
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  • House
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  • Piano
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  • Prop Vintage Car
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  • Railing
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  • Rain
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  • Skyline
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Teacher Guide

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Step 1Class discussion with students

Before your students read The Great Gatsby, introduce them to the novel by discussing the major themes of:

  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The American Dream
  • Class

Have students brainstorm what they think life was like in America in the early 1920s, after WWI. Share as a class.

Possible discussion questions are:

  • What does the term "The Roaring Twenties" signify? F. Scott Fitzgerald also coined the term "Jazz Age." What clues might this give us to the story?
  • What does "The American Dream" refer to? What might that have looked like in the 1920s? What does it look like now?
  • What does it mean when someone is of "New money"? Compare and contrast that to someone who is of "Old money."
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Storyboard, Poster, or ...
    Symbolism

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel using two panels to represent each chapter (18 total).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a wanted Poster for one of the people involved in Myrtle’s death.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What makes Gatsby "Great"?
  • Do you think Nick is a reliable narrator? Why / why not?
  • Did Daisy's ultimate choice between Tom and Gatsby surprise you? Why / why not?
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Pixton Activity: The Great Gatsby 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the novel's characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative. Novels are known for their “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose four of your favorite characters from the novel The Great Gatsby and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a protagonist and a foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Great Gatsby 2 Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are many important symbols in this novel, including:

  • The green light
  • The Valley of Ashes
  • The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg

Instructions

Choose one of the symbols above and illustrate it in a comic including:

  • What it symbolizes
  • Why it’s important
  • An important quote regarding that symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Great Gatsby 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in The Great Gatsby are:

  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The American Dream
  • Class

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the chapter number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the examples fit the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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