ERIC Number: ED227476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
"The Great Gatsby" and the Twenties: The Notion of Structure as a Unifying Device in an Interdisciplinary Unit.
An effective, 3-week unit on the 1920's in America, inspired by a reading of "The Great Gatsby," is designed around the idea of structure in history, government, literature, and writing. It has the following aims for students: (1) to understand the history of the 1920s, (2) to see literature as a creative shaping of the experience of the time, (3) to understand governmental processes of the period, (4) to see that a writer's style is determined by deliberate choices, (5) to experience the process of composition, (6) to read texts for levels of meaning, (7) to react to a work of literature through a visual representation, and (8) to see the notion of structure or order as the unifying motif among the areas studied. To meet these goals, students read texts in history, government, literature, and composition and completed several writing assignments. (A first-day lesson plan and an outline of the entire unit are included.) (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Gatsby; Twentieth Century History
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Beaver College Summer Institute for Writing in the Humanities (Glenside, PA, July 1982).