Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The Last Tycoon is a long book that involves a number of intertwining story lines, characters, and plot twists. Following this mess of literary devices can be difficult when coupled with the challenging language that Fitzgerald uses and the lengthy chapters. The objective of this lesson will be to create a plot map of sorts so that following the rest of the book will be easier and more enjoyable.
1) Discuss some different ways of mapping the plot. Open it up for discussion and take ideas and suggestions from class members. Choose the way you wish to map the plot in the classroom, and then have students choose their own personal way that will help them the most. Checking on this assignment can be a continual process.
2) Review each separate character that is in the first chapter along with their descriptions. Have the students identify...
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