Dear Zelda

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This talk-show activity is best done after students have read through chapter seven in The Great Gatsby. Students will be asked to write a “Dear Zelda” letter- seeking advice for a problem that has come to light in their (the character’s) life. Perhaps Tom would like some marital advice, Wilson may need to learn about the grieving process, Myrtle may ask how she could have communicated with Wilson more productively – and thus avoided her untimely death. It is up to the students to decide what their character needs help with. Students will take the stage and talk out their problems with their host Zelda. Through active engagement and participation, the class will process the characters and conflicts in the book and make predictions about the ending.


Note: originally entered on June 6, 2013.



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