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Pre-reading Assignment by Adela Sanders

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									                                                 Pre-reading Assignment
                                              The Great Gatsby in the 1920s

Introduction
F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, is thought by many to be the definitive novel of the 1920s, and perhaps
the greatest American novel. The era in which Fitzgerald lived and which he wrote about, known also as the “Roaring
Twenties” or the “Jazz Age,” was a time of great social, economic, and cultural change in America. The social issues during
the 1920s are reflected throughout this novel. While its themes are universal and lasting, and its prose is lyrical and
inspiring, the novel is very much entrenched in the time period of the 1920s. A full understanding of this novel must
depend on understanding the social, economic, and cultural climate of the 1920s.

Project
●Your group will present a 5 minute lesson on one of the following topics (each group must pick a different topic—first
come, first served).
●You will be graded by the oral presentation rubric in the handbook. All members of the group will receive the same grade
based on the group’s effort, presentation, and completeness. All members must contribute and present.
● All groups will be expected to present on the DUE DATE! If you are absent on the due date, your group will receive a
ZERO for the project!!!
● You must have a handout that summarizes your topic or presents some thoughtful dialogue or creative activity that is
relevant to your topic. The handout can be double-sided. If you would like the teacher to make copies, you must hand it in
the DAY BEFORE THE DUE DATE!
● You must conduct research and must include a Works Cited list on your handout.
● You must have at least one visual aid. This can include a BREIF movie clip, a poster, a costume, a drawing…be
    CREATIVE!!! DARE TO IMPRESS ME!!!!

Topics
● The life of the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald
● Fashion in the 1920s—Flappers and Social Statements
● Art Deco and Modernism in the 1920s
● The Stock Market and financial trends in the 1920s (especially the Crash of 1929)
● Music and dancing in the 1920s—The Jazz Age
● The Eighteenth Amendment—Prohibition and its effects in the 1920s
● The Mob and Organized Crime in the 1920s
● The 1919 World Series Black Sox Scandal
● The 19th Amendment—Women’s Right to Vote

Things to remember
● This is ONLY A 5 MINUTE PRESENTATION! MAJOR BULLET POINTS ONLY! NO POWER POINT
PRESENTATIONS!
● This is a formal and graded presentation. It requires preparation and professionalism.
● If you conduct research using the Internet, you MUST use only academic and reliable sites. All of the relevant Internet
sites under Mrs. Fiero’s Teacherweb “LINKS” are approved.
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Important Dates
● In class meeting with group:
● Presentations:

								
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