MIDLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
ENGLISH 11 2009-2010 ERSALESI
1920’s Mini-Research Paper
THIS HANDOUT AVAILABLE ONLINE AT MY FACULTY PAGE ON THE MPHS
The 1920's was a time of great cultural change. Nationwide attitudes about many cultural and
societal ideals were constantly changing.
Your assignment in this mini-research paper will be to choose a short story from the The Jazz
Age and reflect upon its historical accuracy with respect to cultural ideals. (Sample ideals: Art,
Business/Economy, Crafts, Dance, Fashion, Food, Gardening, Jewelry, Literature, Hairstyles,
Health, Law and Order, Movies, Music, Politics, Prohibition, Religion, Science, Sports).
This is to be a 3-page paper with the full MLA treatment. You are expected to use (at minimum)
3 sources (2 online; 1 traditional). You are to use NoodleBib for the writing process.
Timeline for Completion
Wednesday – Friday (11/18 – 11/20) – Choose and read a short story.
Monday – Wednesday (11/23 – 11/25) – Determine and research your cultural ideal
Monday – Friday (11/03 – 12/4) – Write your paper in Media Center
To facilitate ease in selecting a short story, I have provided some samples. All of these are pre-
approved. If you find an alternate, you must have it approved by me before moving forward
with your paper. The links below will take to you online texts. In some instances, you will find
entire collections of short stories; in other instances, you will find just the short story. You will
have three days in the Media Center to peruse all of the selections and make your determination.
By the end of class Friday, you must have chosen AND COMPLETELY READ your selection.
The following links will take you to the full text of each story.
The Best Short Stories of 1920
The Best Short Stories of 1921
Bernice Bobs Her Hair - Fitzgerald
Miss Brill – Mansfield
A Telephone Call – Parker
The Garden Party – Mansfield
A Haunted House – Woolf
The Golden Honeymoon – Lardner
The Haircut – Lardner
The Tryst of the White Lady – Montgomery
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Fitzgerald
If none of the above selections appeal to you, you may use Wikipedia. Wikipedia lists short
stories by year. They do not provide full text. After you read the Wiki synopsis, you will need
to Google-search to see if the full text is available online anywhere. Please note that these
selections are not all pre-approved. You will need to see me before proceeding with your
Remember that your time in the Media Center is a privilege. I believe it is in your best interest
as beginning writers to have teachers available while you are working. However, if your time
is not being spent properly (working solely on this project), this will become an at-home
project and due dates will be moved forward, thus ending your ability to have questions
answered on demand.