Component 2 Drama and Prose post 1900 The Great Gatsby


If for any reason you missed the introduction lesson on this unit, you can download the PPT here: introduction-to-prose-post-1900

If you’re struggling for ideas on how to fill your four hours of independent learning, here’s a useful checklist of ideas for things to do:


As part of your reading journal, don’t forget to complete the questions for each chapter – they will provide a useful revision tool and check your understanding: Questions on all chapters

You can also download each of the lessons here:

In these lessons you will:

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

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Lesson 3

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Explore the link between geography and morality in the novel
  • Analyse the dinner conversation for prejudices which reflect the context of the novel.
  • Begin to track the use of symbolism in the novel
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Lesson 4

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See also wider reading: wider reading: Romantic, Realist, Modernist

Lesson 5

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Analyse the language used to describe Gatsby’s party
  • Consider the techniques Fitzgerald uses to create Gatsby’s character
  • Explore the themes of illusion and isolation


Resources and handouts:


Lesson 6

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Explore the chronological structure of the novel
  • Begin to track flashbacks and revelations
  • Analyse and comment on the way Fitzgerald creates mystery and suspense


Resources and handouts:



Lesson 7

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Further explore a range of ways to study the structure of the novel.
  • Analyse the ways chapters begin and end.


see handout of opening and closing paragraphs from each chapter:


chapters 1-4


chapters 5-9


Lesson 8

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Lesson 9

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Investigate aspects of chapter 5
  • Explore and comment on Fitzgerald’s use of song





Lesson 10

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • link images from throughout the novel.
  • Provide peer assessment to improve written expression (Identified as a weakness in previous essay)

Begin to prepare you for a timed essay.


Resources: l10-images-from-the-book

Lesson 11

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Analyse the time frame used by Fitzgerald in chapter 8
  • Explore and share your opinions of the novel’s climax


Lesson 12

LO: In this lesson you will:

  • Reflect on some key questions raised by the text
  • Explore the final line of the novel.