Learning about Characters

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Grade Level
High School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, students will read the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then, they will write an essay on one of the characters in the book.


Students will learn:
To read with understanding
About characters
To write an essay about a specific character

Materials Needed

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Notebook paper
Pens and Whiteouts


First, you will assign the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a homework assignment.

Then, you will discuss the book with the students.

After that, you will have them choose one of the characters in the novel and write an essay about the character.

Their essays should include the character's name, their role in the novel, and did they support or hinder the main character. If they chose the main character, they need to explain what the conflict was the main character experienced and if the character overcome the conflict and how.


You can grade their papers on sentence structure, paragraph structure, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. You can also grade them on the facts of their specific character.

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