The Great Gatsby Hexagonal Discussion

Renee Long
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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12 pages
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Renee Long


Need an activity to enliven your study of The Great Gatsby with rich discussion? Hexagonal thinking is a simple, yet powerful activity which is really a discussion model to help students explore theme, characterization, conflict, and symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. 80 hexagonal cards made specifically for Gatsby are guaranteed to get your scholars talking! Save time, as everything (but the cutting) is done for you! This thinking model may have its roots in the business world, but has found a dedicated following in classrooms where rich discussion and critical thinking are valued. This flexible activity can be used with small groups or individuals, as a formative assessment, review, and even a game! Here's what's included:

  • 80 labeled hexagon cards specific to The Great Gatsby (characters, themes, motifs, conflicts, symbolism and more)
  • Blank hexagon cards for customization by your students
  • Ideas and Inspiration for using Hexagonal Thinking
  • Guidelines and advice for successful incorporation in your class
  • Notes on Symbolism to guide discussion
Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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