“The Great Gatsby” Class Resources


There is a buzz going on about The great Gatsby. It’s of course because of the new Gatsby movie. I’ve seen so many links and resources on twitter, interest recently. Then I just remember I also have some resources for the novel.

My The Great Gatsby resources

A pre-reading animoto

Research before reading


a web Quest

An interview on Jazz Age and The American Dream

A cool site I recommend tudents to watch 

My student’s blog post

An awesome PBL product on Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties (cross-curricular)




Just came across with these on the web via @curriki on twitter.

Edutopia’s Bringing Web Tools to Gatsb’s Party

Lots of resources on Curriki

I know that soon I’ll watch the new version of The Great Gatsby but I know that my favourite Jay Gatsby will remain the same, Robert Redford

Reading Project

In our school, this year we are trying the project based learning. In each term a school subject is chosen and the project topic is given to the students. Then we group them, give all the necessary meeting dates, deadlines, rubrics, etc. We ask them to find and generate a problem. Usually, in class we brainstorm the ideas and come up with a problem. The challenge is they have to match the problem, topic with all the subjects that they are studying. (Of course, as long as it is possible) This year with my grade 11 students we are reading THE GREAT GATSBY. The project will be something related with the novel. Their problem is or let me say thir project topic is ‘How does the concept of American Dream affect the other cultures?’ That was something they came up with.Before we started reading the book, I wanted them to research the followings.

THE GREAT GATSBY                                                    




a.  Where was Fitzgerald born?

b.  What is his family background?

c.  When did he meet Zelda Sayre?

e.  What was Zelda’s background?

f.  How did the Fitzgeralds live?

h.  What happened to Fitzgerald in the last years of his life?




When did it start? When and how did it end? Why was it called The Jazz Age?



What was prohibited in some states in the USA during 1920s? What happened as a consequence of this?

What does ‘bootlegger’ mean?



What does American Dream mean?



What qualities should a person have to be called ‘GREAT’?

They have already prepared some posters from GLOGSTER and some slide shows from ANIMOTO.

Actually I’m looking forward to seeing the result as this year I can also guide them to prepare much better presantations using the Web 2.0 tools.

I will also be very happy if you could also help me to guide my students to prepare something amazing.

What a lucky teacher I am


We started our school blog last week. I must admit I have the priviledge to have a student like Burak in my class. It’s been a week since we started but he is too fast. He now has his own blog and write about anything that comes into his mind. Even poetry…

We will start reading The Great Gatsby and I assigned them to make a research on the era and the writer and the book. They will present their findings next week. Still we have a week to wait but Burak prepared amazing things . I just wanted to share them.