ERIC Number: ED475779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-10
Reference Count: N/A
Murder and Mayhem. "The Great Gatsby": The Facts Behind the Fiction. Learning Page Lesson Plan.
Rohrbach, Margie; Koszoru, Janie
To appreciate historical fiction, students need to understand the factual context and recognize how popular culture reflects the values, mores, and events of the time period. Since a newspaper records significant events and attitudes representative of a period, students create their own newspapers, utilizing primary source materials from several American Memory collections. American Memory is a Web site created by the Library of Congress which provides access to more than 7 million historical items, presented in over 100 thematic collections though the World Wide Web. This lesson plan featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby," provides an overview; lists educational objectives; cites time required and recommended grade level; and notes resources used. The lesson plan then presents materials from American Memory Collections: Time: 1900-1929. Its teacher's guide is divided into three sections: Procedure (Part I: Using Primary Sources to Interpret Life during the 1920s; Part II. Primary Sources from the 1920s and "The Great Gatsby"; Part III. Creating a Literary Newspaper); Evaluation (Part IV. Assessment Page); and Sample Projects ("Jazz Age Journal"; "Green Light Gazette"). (NKA)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, Grade 11, High Schools, Lesson Plans, Newspapers, Novels, Popular Culture, Primary Sources, Student Educational Objectives, Student Projects, United States History, United States Literature
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540. Tel: 202-707-5000. For full text: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.