English 11: Socratic Seminar by 9I3NA0


									English 11 Honors: Socratic Seminar                        Name: _________________
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Socratic Seminar is a method of student discussion where you and other classmates will
sit in a circle discussing the novel The Great Gatsby. A question will be posed, and
students will respond by agreeing or disagreeing with thoughtful opinion and textual
evidence. Follow the directions carefully to prepare for this task. Grades will be based
on the number of times (no fewer than three) you respond during the discussion, on the
quality of your responses and on written preparation.

   1. Respond to three questions from the discussion question list in writing (on the
       back.) Find at least two quotations per question in the text to support your
       answers. Your answer should be at least a paragraph in length. Make sure you
       label your responses.
   2. Wild Card Question: Create ONE wild card question you have about the text
       that is not mentioned on the discussion list. This question must not be a “yes or
       no” question, but one that prompts a plethora of answers, opinions and point of
       views. You should attempt to answer your own question with thoughtful
       opinion and evidence from the text (yes, that means use quotes).

40 pts = Written Preparation (1 and 2 above due on day of Socratic Seminar)
60 pts = Spoken Portion- Contribute least 3 insightful comments during the seminar

Socratic Seminar Grading Rubric             Name: ________________________

Oral Response Scoring System
    + = 20 points        Thoughtful Comment with quotes
         = 17 points    Thoughtful Comment, no quote
    - = 10 points        Repetitive or obvious statement
   *      = 15 points    Personal Connection/Real World Connection
   ^      = 20 points    Connection to another work of literature
                The Great Gatsby Socratic Seminar Questions

Written Portion: (40 points of test=10 pts per written response) Respond to 3 of the
following questions, citing evidence from the novel as justification for your response.
Remember, you should also create a question of your own that is not mentioned below
and attempt to answer it. You will have a chance to pose this question to the class
during the Socratic Seminar. The written portion is due the day of the seminar.

Discussion Portion: (60 points)You should be prepared to discuss ALL of the questions
below for the seminar.

1. What is the American Dream? How does Gatsby represent this dream? Does the
novel praise or condemn Gatsby's dream? Has the American dream changed since
Gatsby's time?

2. Think about the two worlds, the Midwest and the East, as Fitzgerald describes them,
and what they represent for Nick and for Gatsby.

3. Compare and contrast Gatsby's social class with that of Tom and Daisy Buchanan.
How does geography contribute to the definition of social class in The Great Gatsby?

4. What is Nick Carraway's role in the novel? Consider Nick's father's advice in chapter
one: "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this
world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Does telling the story from Nick's
point of view make it more believable? Why or why not?

5. What part of his past is Gatsby trying to recapture? Is he successful? Is there a person,
feeling, or event in your past that you'd want to revisit? Does this relate to Fitzgerald’s

6. What is the meaning of the title? In what way is Gatsby great?

7. Why did Nick become involved with Jordan, and why did he break off the

8. Discuss Fitzgerald's use of symbols, such as the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, the green
light on Daisy's dock, and the valley of ashes.

9. What makes The Great Gatsby a classic novel? Why has it maintained its place in
American literature?

10. Discuss elements of the Jazz Age, or Roaring 20’s that Fitzgerald includes in The
Great Gatsby. What commentary is made by Fitzgerald about society in this era?

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