AMERICAN STUDIES Name: ____________________
The Great Gatsby - Key Passage Analysis
Choose a (provided) key passage from The Great Gatsby, and analyze its details in order to explain why/how it is significant to the story as a whole.
Annotate the passage.
Write a three-paragraph (minimum) essay.
In this essay, you must discuss:
What is written
How it is written
Why it’s important
Contracted Honors students:
Connect the theme, plot, or literary devices of your passage to “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “A Rose for Emily,” or “The Story of an Hour.”
I annotate and summarize my selected passage.
I identify, support and explain a symbol from the selected passage.
I discuss and give examples of how the author uses literary elements to enhance the meaning of the text.
I connect details of the passage to other events from the story or I connect the literary elements and symbol to other of literary elements and symbols used in the text.
I have a thesis that captures the main idea of my essay.
My essay is organized into multiple paragraphs, with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
I support my thesis (“big idea”) with evidence from the text.
I address all required points in my work.
I include properly formatted MLA in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
My writing is almost completely free from errors in spelling, punctuation, and conventions.
P1: What is written
Thesis formula: (Title and author) is ( turn the prompt around) because/due to/as a result of ( ).
P2: How it is written
P3: Why it’s important