Reflection: High Quality Task "Town Tattles": Characterization Though Rumors - Section 3: "Town Tattles": Understanding Rumors About Jay Gatsby


Giving students the flexibility to create their "Town Tattle" covers in class produced high-quality work from them. As can be seen in the video of the student explaining his cover, the students put a lot of thought into their design, and took the time to research and identify specific rumors about Jay Gatsby. The included covers demonstrate this effort and quality. The "Town Tattle" project offered the students a chance to explore perceptions of Gatsby in depth, and see how these rumors spread around the party, in the place of any factual information about him. 

  Telling Tales: Crafting The Tabloid Covers
  High Quality Task: Telling Tales: Crafting The Tabloid Covers
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"Town Tattles": Characterization Though Rumors

Unit 15: Literacy: "The Great Gatsby" Characterization, Style, and Visual Literacy
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: SWBAT analyze how F. Scott Fitzgerald develops mystery around Jay Gatsby in order to build suspense by reviewing events from their reading and creating tabloid covers reporting on the rumors around Gatbsy.

Big Idea: If you want to know if "Gatsby killed a man"; if you want to know if he "was a spy"; if you want to know where his money comes from--you can read about it in the "Town Tattle."

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