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The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Project Description
Language Arts, Social Studies
9, 12, 11, 10
Title – The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Project Description
By – Lori Gwinn
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Project Goals (the magazine):
Students in each class will work as a team of writers to publish a magazine which highlights various aspects of the 1920s in America and synthesizes elements from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to historical events from the Jazz Age.
Students will individually write two or three articles for the class magazine. Articles may be presented as editorials, reviews, society pages, obituaries, features, etc. Each article must contain at least one parenthetical documentation, a by-line, and an illustration.
Students will use MLA research methods to insert factual elements into their fictitious articles. The magazine will conclude with a Works Cited page which lists all resources used in the magazine.
Students will work together to design a cover and a table of contents for the magazine.
Students will work in smaller teams–prohibition, 1920s trends, the automobile, the Jazz Age, and famous people–to develop a ten to fifteen minute oral presentation to the class about the team’s subject area in which the team teaches the class a historical blurb from the 1920s. Each team is required to bridge its topic with Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
In class reading of the novel and class discussion: 15 to 17 days
Research days in school’s media center: 4 to 5 days
Oral Presentations (included in reading days): 5 days
Development and publication of the magazine: 5 to 7 days
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