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Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby & Independent


Reading
READERS THEATER
Consider the following Essential Questions as you read the novel and complete the following assignment:
How do we articulate themes found in a text?
How can we explore the many different aspects of a topic?
How do you choose appropriate text evidence to support a theme?
These questions have all been answered, worked through, and discussed in previous classes!
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Assignment
1. Read Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby and your independent reading text.
2. Within your group, create a Readers Theater presentation for the class based on your response to an interpretation
of the novels.
Create one strong theme that can be found in The Great Gatsby.
Relate your independent reading text(s) to this theme.
Themes of your independent reading text can support and/or show differences of the main theme
your group creates. However, you must show if you are supporting your theme or contradicting it
(through acting, through sound effects, from a break in the 4rd wall - any way you decide).
Select one scene from The Great Gatsby and one scene from each independent reading text in the group to
enact as a Readers Theater performance for the class.
Do you have 4 people in your group? You will need 5 different scenes (1 from The Great Gatsby and
1 from each independent reading text) Do you have 3 people in your group? You will need 4
different scenes (1 from The Great Gatsby and 3 from each independent reading text).
Combine and perform the scenes that connect to your theme.
Use appropriate sound effects, props, etc. to convey the meaning in the scene.
Title each scene with a sentence that explains its connection to the theme; this helps us understand
your collective interpretation of the novel.
3. Create a sheet of Program Notes indicating:
The title of your performance = your theme
Rationale = explain why you have decided on this theme as a group
Subtitles = explain how the chosen excerpt connects to the main theme
Excerpts = excerpts of the text (with author and page numbers)
Whos in the group = who portrayed whom, who contributed/was responsible for what
4. Time:
Minimum = 5 minutes
Maximum = 7 minutes

DUE DATES:

Program notes: ______________________


If you neglect to bring in your program notes this day, you will be responsible for making copies for
the entire class.
Rehearsal: ______________________
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F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby & Independent


Reading
READERS THEATER

Each group will be given ample time to practice their presentation. No time will be given on the day
of the final presentation to rehearse.
Final presentation: ______________________

0 points

2 points

3 points

4 points

Time: Complete
performance is about 510 minutes long.

The group
dont perform
at all

Performance falls
outside of the 5 to 7
minutes

Program Notes are


complete:
- Title (theme)
- Rationale
- Subtitles
- Excerpts (the correct
amount)
- Whos who
Title the performance
with a theme that relates
to the concepts you are
raising in the scene(s)
from The GG and
independent reading.

The group
dont hand in
notes at all

Components are
incomplete, rushed, or
dont make sense

Components are
completed

Components are
completed, insightful,
and creatively
produced

There is no
theme

Theme does not relate to


The Great Gatsby and
independent reading
texts --- Theme is simple
and unclear

Theme loosely relates


to The Great Gatsby
and independent
reading texts --- Theme
is clear

Performance uses
dramatic conventions and
media appropriate to text
and chosen theme.
- props, sound effects,
costumes, backgrounds,
etc.

There are no
dramatic
conventions
and/or no
media

Dramatic conventions
and media are barely
used --- When used,
dramatic conventions
and media are used
inappropriately

Many dramatic
conventions and media
are used --- The
dramatic conventions
and media are used to
reflect what is
happening in the
text/scene

Each scene/excerpt is
prefaced with a subtitle
that appropriately
connected the scene to
the overall theme AND
each scene selection/
excerpt explores your
chosen essential question
for the presentation.

The group
does not give
any subtitles
and
The group
does not give
excerpts

Subtitle and excerpts


does not relate to The
Great Gatsby,
independent reading, or
theme--- Subtitle is
simple and unclear

Subtitle and excerpts


loosely relates to GG,
independent reading,
and theme --- Actual
subtitle is clear, but it is
not the strongest scene
selection

Theme correctly
relates to The Great
Gatsby and
independent reading
texts --- Theme is
clear, complex, and
insightful
Many dramatic
conventions and
media are used to
reflect what is
happening in the
text/scene and
enhance the meaning
of the text/scene on a
deeper/ more
figurative level
Theme and excerpts
correctly relates to
GG, independent
reading, and theme --Actual theme is clear
and complex

Performance is
between 5 and 7
minutes

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