Language Arts | Dumbing Down ‘Gatsby’ – Education Week Teacher

Dumbing Down ‘Gatsby’ – Teaching Now – Education Week Teacher.

Film critic Roger Ebert is fuming mad about a “retold,” intermediate reader version of The Great Gatsby published by MacMillan. The book employs greatly simplied prose, comes in at less than half the length of the original, and seriously muddles the ending. For Ebert, the whole project amounts to literary and educational malpractice:

There is no purpose in “reading” The Great Gatsby unless you actually read it. Fitzgerald’s novel is not about a story. It is about how the story is told.   Read More…

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